By: Meena R. Prashant
Kharghar: Under the banner of The National Federation of the Blind, Maharashtra (NFB) hundreds of visually challenged women from across Maharashtra participated in the two days long Women’s Day Celebration. The event was inaugurated by the Navi Mumbai Mayor Jaywant D Sutar at Yuva Centre, Kharghar.
Speaking on the occasion Mayor Sutar said, “Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation is the first corporation to run a Braille Library for the visually challenged at ETC centre, Vashi. The library, which has a good stock of literature and books of other streams, will be a boon to every visually challenged people especially women.”
One of the eminent speakers Dr. Leena Kedare, Head of the Department Marathi Language, Ruia College spoke on the topic ‘Women – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’. “It is unfortunate that even after 70 years of independence, many women in India are still fighting for their freedom.”
Some of the participants spoke about their life journey and how with grit and determination, they overcame the various hurdles. Minal Gurav a normal sighted woman who married a visually challenged man shared how initially she and her husband had difficulty in communicating with each other and how with time their level of understanding increased and today they share a beautiful bond.