Mangaluru, Mar 08, 2015: Exhibition was in progress at the Stree Shakti Bhavan for display and sale of home made products, near KSRTC bus stand at Bejai on March 8; a woman official of the Department of Health and Family Welfare converted the women entrepreneurs at the exhibition into ’audience’ at the zilla panchayat hall as there was a lack of audience.
The function at the zilla panchayat was to observe International Women’s Day. The official said that as there was no audience at the function, and was asked to get some participants of the exhibition.
A three-day exhibition and sale of consumer products, made by women entrepreneurs, began at the Stree Shakthi Bhavan. Organised by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, the exhibition displays and sells home-made food products, ornaments, clothes and other products.
A home-maker from Bejai, has displayed terracotta (made from a superior quality of soil) earrings and necklaces. She said that she learnt how to make it about a year ago and has brought them for sale for the first time in the annual exhibition organised by the government.
A school teacher, had brought home-made food products like ‘happala’ of palak, carrot, sweet potatoes and so on. She made chocolates from jaggery, black pepper and ginger. Another chocolate had honey covered with maida coating, she said.
Another lady from Baltila had also brought home-made food products. ‘Chattambade’ which has a shelf life up to 20 days, and ‘Kanile Happala’ (from tender shoots of bamboo) which was another special product.
The hapless women are mere pawns and puppets in the hands of high officials.