Last week in India in preparation for International Women's Day, I went with Qutub Jahan, the URI India Women's Coordinator to visit a wonderful women's program she is running in Shirwall, a rural town near Pune. This is a women's empowerment program for lower caste women - Hindu and Muslim learning together and getting out of their homes for the first time. I was so impressed by the intent, hopeful faces of these women who are beginning to open their minds and horizons because of this program. I told them that just by attending this program they are not only changing themselves and their lives, but they are already changing India and the world! We also visited the home and Museum of Savitribai Phule, the woman who first started schools and then colleges for Indian women almost 200 years ago. She was very inspiring and was called the Torch of Revolution because of her work for women's education. It's wonderful to see how Qutub and URI are carrying on this tradition.
I hope that many CC's will be celebrating International Women's Day this week throughout the world.