Prayers mark CWL’s golden jubilee celebrations

Women are playing pivotal role in nation-building: Dr Lovely Yeldose

The golden jubilee of Catholic Women’s League (CWL) that aims at imparting skill-based education to women to make them shoulder their family responsibilities and become self-reliant was celebrated with prayers and dances at the St. Philomena’s High School here on Saturday.

The league, established in 1966, is involved in many social and religious activities and is instrumental in bringing women to the forefront. Around 100 members of the league from across the country participated in the event. Former presidents and secretaries were felicitated for their services on the occasion.

Speaking after inaugurating the celebrations, Regional Secretary, Women Commission, Dr Lovely Yeldose pointed that the society had undergone a transition and women were holding important positions and playing significant roles in decision making.

“Unlike before, when women were considered inferior to men by the patriarchy, they now are playing a pivotal role in nation-building as well as helping their families economically. They are in good positions and involved the decision-making process within the governments and private firms,” Dr Yeldose said.

She further said that there were some places where women feared to come out of their houses at night. “Real freedom for women,” Dr Yeldose added, “was when women walk freely on the streets without fearing for their safety.”

Dr Yeldose pointed that there were many areas with issues pertaining to women and CWL and other women organisations were working to build a women-friendly society. “We dream of a society where women enjoy and exercise their right on par with men,” she said.

On the occasion, Ambika Nazareth and Marie Wilson were felicitated for their social service in the field of education.

Bishop of Mysuru Dr Thomas Antony Vazhapilly, National President, Council of Catholic Women of India, Juliet Ramamurthy, Vicar General, Diocese of Mysuru, Dr N S Marie Joseph, Director, ODP Mysuru, Fr. Staney Almeida, Parish Priest, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mysuru, Fr. N T Joseph, Secretary, Women Commission, Diocese of Mysuru, Jyothi Fernandese, Vice President, CWL, Emily Raj and Secretary Apolin D’Souza were present.

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