(8th March 2011)
SETU believes in empowering women for a dignified living and with this view on the occasion of International women’s day, SETU organized a “tailoring workshop for sustainability” for the underprivileged and marginalized women of an urban slum at Gwalior.
The workshop was attended by 42 women of the community. SETU team member L.R. Kaushal presided the workshop along with our master trainer Mr. Sunil Dutt. Other SETU team members were also present on the occasion. Sunil showed the women how to make environment friendly cotton/recycled sari bags. He gave some shorthand tips on how to efficiently use the fabric and get the perfect finish.
Women were made aware of the fact that use of polythenes are now banned in Gwalior and therefore making and selling of tailored bag from cotton fabric & recycled saris can prove to be a good source of sustainability .In addition to this, demonstrations on making recycled newspaper paper bags and some easy tips on marketing of the environment friendly bags were given.
In the workshop, issues of reproductive health of women were also discussed. The response to the workshop was overwhelming as women liked the concept of training and want the tailoring program to be extended over a period of 15 days. We will try our level best to fulfill their wish and provide them with vocational training.