On October 15, 2019, women from 8 villages got together to mark International Rural Women's Day. It was the celebration of rural women’s contribution to the household and national economy. It was also an occasion to build awareness on the hazards of agricultural poisons and synthetic inputs. Children from Khoj School for Community Education prepared role-plays, songs and skits with the focus on the harmful effects of chemical pesticides on human health and the critical importance of growing food in harmony with nature. Children role-played as different organs in the human body, informing the audience of their functions in a healthy body as well as cautioning them as to what may happen with exposure to toxins and chemicals such as pesticides. It was of vital importance and informative for both the women and the students as they are often exposed to pesticides in their daily life working in their fields. The children also prepared songs and skits on the importance of Agroecology and growing food in harmony with nature.
The event had all the makings of a festival with stalls for delicious homemade food for everyone to enjoy, dances immaculately choreographed and lively music to truly brighten up the day.
The culmination of the celebration was singing and dancing on the beat of a drum by all the women.
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