The women wing of the party organised the rally on Tuesday from Shyambazar five-point crossing to Dorina Crossing to mark the International Women’s Day. The party supremo Mamata Banerjee headed the rally.
Apart from the supporters of the party, women from all walks of life participated in the rally stating that this could be the only party that organises rally on such an important day for women.
Another reason they cited for participating in the rally is that the steps taken by Banerjee in the last five years for the empowerment of women.
Nayanika Sen, an IT professional, who participated in the rally, said: “Today’s (Tuesday’s) rally itself is a message for the society as it is mainly managed by women. Even the drummers in the rally are also women. It proves that we can perform at par with men in all sectors.”
Appreciating the move of the senior leaders of Trinamool Congress in filing more women candidates this time, she said: “This shows the outlook of a political party and what they may do for empowerment of women.” She also appreciated the attempts taken in the past four-and-half years to promote the skill in the state.
Kakoli Samanta, a musician from South 24-Parganas, said in the past five years women at villages have been benefitted immensely. Now they are taking interest in various curriculums besides taking care of their family. The reason being they are benefitted after becoming part of self help groups.
A team comprising women drummers and dancers took part in Tuesday’s rally. Nilima Tudu, a drummer, said: “We went to different parts of the country to beat drums in various occasions. But Tuesday’s programme is something important. We are beating drums for the past one decade.
But we got recognition for our art in the past four years. Steps were taken for promotion of artistes like us and now we do not have to worry to get programmes and can easily earn livelihood for our family.”
She said steps for empowerment of women helped them to reach such a stage that they were planning to start centres at their villages and one in the city to help more women to learn the art of beating drums.
The more interesting part of the rally was that many folk artistes were dancing at the beat of the drums and they were soon found joined by women of different walks of life.