Neela Valli und Edit Schlaffer im Kreisky Forum © Martina Handler

Connecting Women and Children for Hope!

05. February 2005

Following the Tsunami disaster on December 26th, 2004, women and children are particularly subject to great pressures: economic, social and psychological.

Dr. Neela Valli, the director of the Initiative Women in Development (IWID) in Chennai, India, came to Vienna from February 3rd to 6th, to talk about the current situation for women. In Tamil Nadu, the flood catastrophe has claimed around 8.000 lives. As a result of the male dominated social structure, only one percent of the destroyed property in the region belonged to women. Women are usually not counted as part of a household and often do not have access to aid.

The project "Connecting Women and Children for Hope!" aims to equip women with items such as fishing nets and boats that the women can then rent out. With this, their economic survival can be ensured; on the other hand, women and childrenīs mental states are being attended to, so that they can return to their "normal" daily routines.

Bank account for donations: India: Connecting Women and Children for Hope
BA-CA, BLZ 12.000, account nr. 52085 371 106, purpose: India

Dr. Neela Valli was a guest of honor at the "58th Night of Viennese Economy", hosted by Mayor Dr. Michael Hنupl. The total proceeds of this ball are dedicated to this project.
Mag. Ali Rahimi (Rahimi&Rahimi) sponsored a rug worth € 4000.
Thank you very much!

International Organisations and the European Parliament are calling for the inclusion of women in situations of catastrophes and crisis. Women must have a key role in the economic reconstruction, psycho-social care and prevention of violence.

We thank the Initiative "Wider die Gewalt" and the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue for their
kind support!


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