Hinduism has a long and successful
tradition of upholding the rights of women and encouraging
their personal, professional, social and spiritual progress.
Continuing this tradition,
Bhagwan Swaminarayan, over 200 years ago, worked tirelessly
for women’s rights and effected many changes for the
benefit of women. Since then, this work has been continued
and today BAPS has a worldwide network of active women’s
centers giving them a platform to utilize and encourage
Celebrating this long tradition
of women empowerment and to commemorate the International
Women’s Day on 8 March 2009, the BAPS Women’s
Wing organized special Women’s Day programs at BAPS
Women Centers throughout the world.
In India a total of 121 Women’s
Day assemblies were organized in which over 68,100 women
of all ages participated.
There were speeches by experienced
professional women on topics such as family unity, health,
education, raising righteous children, daily family assemblies,
youth awareness, personality development and other subjects.
The assemblies also featured
audio-visual presentations, discussions and cultural programs.
Also, women who had achieved
outstanding results in the BAPS Satsang Examinations were
felicitated and the mothers of youths who had become sadhus
The various and inspiring programs
was enjoyed by all the participants and invited guests.