fact that women are not given a status equal to men is a bitter
truth that stands before many developing nations. It may be
the right to education or the freedom to move about, women are
not given freedom equal to men.
In our country India too, women are denied equal freedom. As
far as our region Kullu-Manali is concerned, a considerable number of women
are still illiterate and have not yet been exposed to the outside
world. Work in the houses and fields eats up their day. The
word 'entertainment' is alien to them. Illiteracy and lack of
awareness & exposure leads them to being alcoholics and
Aashiyan Society is determined to remove these evils from
the society. The Society is working towards creating awareness
among women so that they are able to express themselves better.
We visit villages and spread our messages among the people
through street plays. We inform them about the health hazards
that tobacco and alcohol consumption cause.
On the occasions of Republic Day and Women's Day cultural
programmes are organized by women for the women of the region.
Theme of these programmes is mainly patriotism, literacy and
environmental issues. The basic motive behind these is to
enlighten them and expose them to social problems.
We are working on the plan of a project that will centrally
focus on the upliftment of women and young girls. We are trying
to get government support for the purpose, but our earlier
experience of working together with the government of India
have left a bitter taste in the mouth. Our earlier projects
have been accomplished by the efforts of society members and
socially awakened people of the region.
Now we wish to present our ideas beyond the region - to the
world people, who we feel will understand our problems and will
help to root out the evils from our society