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Fund Raising Program By Sister Society Narayani, Chitwan Nepal

 

  Pramita Dhakal

  GWLN Sister Society Narayani, Chitwan Chapter  

 

GWLN Sister Society Narayani, Chitwan Chapter , Nepal  organized  fund raising program on July 16.  Fund was raised by putting on Heena Tattoo on women's  palm. Those who put on the heena on their palm  donated  fifty rupees (Nepali Currency) for the task to be done.  Nearly one hundred  women participated in the program  and  Seven thousand Five hundred and fifty rupees ( Nepali Currency)  was  raised. Though this seems a little amount, but  the way  the event was able  to call all the women in one place and change the traditional fashion statement a way of earning is remarkable.

The concept of organizing Mehendi ( Heena) function came from the traditional values and practice in Nepal. In Nepal  there's a ritual of decorating hands and feet by a particular herb  whose scientific name is  Lawsonia inermis  in the last day of the month Ashar according to Nepali Calender which falls in July . Nepal, being a nation whose near about half of the citizen depend on traditional agriculture for livelihood has its own typical reason to celebrate this ritual. People  work on muddy and wet land to grow paddy "the main food" in the month of Ashar ( June/July). People's  hands and feet used to get infected , different itchy diseases and rashes  were seen as the result. Thus to get rid of those ugly looking hands and feet our ancestors  used the herbal product Heena which works as  ayurbedic medicine too. It was believed after working near about a month in the field i.e late June to early third week of July which is the last date of Nepali month Ashar , the next month Shrawan was welcomed with colorful beautiful hands and feet and celebrated the festive" Shawane Sankranti" also known as first date of the month.  It has a long history of the practice here in Nepal. By now the tradition is followed to put on Heena/ Mehendi on hands though most of the people don’t work in the field like before. Though male and female both used to put on the herb to decorate their palms and feet in earlier days now adays most of the female only put on the heena. It has become like a fashion statement too. People specially women put on Heena in different pattern and in different form. Special courses of Mehendi design is run to train students so that they can start as a profession too.

Thus, GWLN Sister Society Narayani, Chitwan Chapter  thought of raising the fund among women by giving their traditional belief a professional and business  touch.  Those women who were for sure to put on  heena in the evening  to celebrate the festival were even more happy to gather socially and participate in the program . Women leaders  Parbati Silwal and Reena Gurung were the guest in the program. They were followed by  renowned  business women, activist, social worker and influencer whose presence made the program a big one. 

San Francisco Bay Area Sister Society celebrates 6 years!

On April 5, the San Francisco bay Area Sister Society held our first meeting of 2018. Patelco Credit Union in Pleasanton, California graciously hosted 25 attendees, including our special guest, Sue Mitchell. We took the opportunity at our meeting to celebrate our 6th Anniversary as a Sister Society (the first Sister Society formed)!
In keeping with our goal of education, our meeting also included a guest speaker who led a discussion on Sexual Harassment at the workplace.  We discussed the two definitions of unlawful harassment and what is not harassment, what companies can do in the #MeToo movement to discuss and respond to conduct in violation of their policies, as well as some ideas for how to respond to unwelcome conduct if it happens to you.
The local charity chosen for this meeting was New Day for Children Organization. New Day for Children seeks to recover children caught in the despair of child sex trafficking and to restore their stolen childhoods. In partnership, New Day for Children provides housing, school, medical and mental health care, horse therapy and more. They operate from safe and secure locations in the western United States (in our case, San Leandro, California). Working with law enforcement other faith based community organizations and families themselves, they provide for the needs of American girls ages 10 to 18 and 18+ (in separate programming) suffering from the desperation of human trafficking.  We are pleased to say that our Sister Society members donated $1150.00 to the New Day for Children Organization.

AZ Sister Society GWLN - A Leadership is Learning!

43 members of the The Arizona Sister Society gathered in Tucson, AZ on 8.23.17 including 2 female board members. Since we are focused on becoming better leaders within our respective roles, we spent the morning learning the importance of how we communicate in the workplace (verbally and non verbally) and it's impact on how the message being delivered is received.

Business Communications Lecturer, Lesli Pintor from The University of Arizona Eller College of Management presented on the topic "From Competence to Confidence" which provided real life applications to show the value of intentional communication and it's positive impact/outcome or it's negative impact/outcome in the workplace. (Intention vs Perception) We left with concrete tips and techniques to help all us manage intention vs. perception in our every day communications.

To maintain and/or grow our CU Financial Literacy, training was provided in the areas of "Understanding Credit Union Financials" and "Understanding Credit Union Key Ratios" and delivered by CEO, Margaret Hunnicutt. Our goal is to help participants gain and apply knowledge from these sessions when they return to their credit union.

Impacting a charity is a foundation of GWLN and at this event we collected over $100 and 12+ boxes of donations for: Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson, a non profit established to help provide supplies to teachers and their classrooms.

Sister Society of Tagum Cooperative, Tagum City,Philippines

The Sister Society of Tagum Cooperative visited the school children of Kuyas, Sto.Nino , Talaingod , Davao Del Norte , Philippines last March 17, 2017 for the feeding of the underweight children. There were around one hundred  school children who gained weight after 6 months of continuous feeding. Tagum Cooperative also distributed toothbrushes to the children which the later were so happy and thankful.....

Education a Key To Success

On 22nd October during Celebrations of ICU Day, Malawi Sister Society donated learners books and Teachers Guides to two schools in Thyolo District, Southern part of Malawi. We encouraged young girls to work hard in school because education is the key to success. 2015 in December, we donated several items to children's ward at Queen Elizabeth Refferal Hospital in Blantyre.  This is part of Community Outreach, we always plan for a charity activity each year.

TAGUM COOPERATIVE: RENEWED COMMITMENT TO THE SISTER SOCIETY MOVEMENT

Sisters Society Tagum Cooperative (TC) Chapter convened on August 30, 2016 at the 4th Floor Function Hall, TC Main Office, Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Philippines, to re-orient its members on the objectives and commitments of the movement. The election of new set of Officers also took place. Moreover, the society spelled out the scheduled community development programs for the year.

TC BOD Chairperson MONICA L. SALIDO is elected as the President while TC BOD Vice-Chairperson FE J. ADLAWAN is elected as the Vice-President of the Sisters Society (Tagum Cooperative Chapter).

CAREER WOMAN OF IMPACT

Recently in Malawi we had our sister society meeting whereby our theme was career Woman Of Impact. I enjoyed a presentation from our Guest Speaker Maureen Masamba, who said, "Women we should not give ourselves limits, we should always focus on our future, identify our strengths and core competencies, build and nurturing our self-esteem; brain storm. If we fail to achieve something we should always search our souls, know what we are, have confidence, change strategy and try something different"

 

WOMAN: AS A MOTHER, WIFE AND PUBLIC SERVANT

It is a fact that women nowadays are already internationally known as an 'all around homebody'. She may be a wife, a mother or a popular public servant.

In my country, nobody can question the legacy that every woman can give: be it to her family or the society. A woman who can do the job well-done is somehow a 'super woman' but it is happening around us. It is because, women are becoming career oriented while being a doting mother and as a submissive wife. Though submissive, because ours is a paternal society, yet, her decision-making can be firm and referred-oriented. 

She can be a public servant in many ways. Many health workers in local Health Centers are married women. Politics is not behind, it can be her advocacy to join the wagon of women in politics joining the world that used to be for men only.

 

 

 

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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

http://www.unfpa.org/resources/issue-7-women-empowerment

Women follow this link, so educative and inspiring. 

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2014 World Council Survey on Women's Participation in Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions conducted a survey on Women's Participation in Credit Unions in 2014.  The data was provided by 36 out of 46 respondents (78%) who were women from national CU associations.

Survey summary:  

  • Average percent of women members of credit unions: 43.8% (34 countries)
  • Average percent of women board members in credit unions: 27.5% (29 countries)
  • Percent of women CEOs of credit unions: 15% (30 countries)

Further details can be found in the Member Services folder of the Resource Library.

2014 WOCCU Survey: Women in CUs
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