Summary of Post Women’s Forum 2011 activities:
Author: Mrs. Mamata Mishra
Holding a Women’s Forum at the OSA Convention is a
20-year-old tradition. Every year it informs and inspires the attendees in some
way and is one of the most attended seminars at the OSA conventions.
In the past year, the women’s forum organizers tried to keep
the spark alive throughout the year in the following way:
- We tried to keep the discussion going in the Women Forum
yahoo group. Anyone can join this yahoo group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/OSAWomenForum/.
There were 42 postings in the past year. We also tried to keep the
discussion to continue in the facebook group.
- We published two articles in Utkarsa, one sharing the evaluations
and feedback of the seminar and the second acting on one of the
suggestions “to start a women forum locally.” We also created a follow-up
q/a document answering off-line questions about domestic violence that
came from participants after the seminar. This was posted in the yahoo
- Houston women organized a local women’s forum meet one
evening in someone’s house that focused on communication styles and how to
communicate with empathy and assertiveness. Yunuen Perez Vertti, the
filmmaker of Aparajita that was screened at OSA WF 2011, filmed this
- Two Odia women from the US participated in the Mahila
Shanti Sena (MSS) state convention in Odisha and one of them wrote about
her experience in the OSA journal 2012; please read it. MSS was a topic at
OSA WF 11.
- Mayara Kahani, a skit that was presented at OSA WF 11, was
very well received and we received more than one request to take the
message to a wider audience present it at the Drama Festival. So Prach
Behera of Austin organized it at the Regional Drama Festival at Dallas.
- Some OSA officers (current and past) have continued to
show interest and support to start a help line, a topic discussed at WF
11. To make it possible however, we need interest and commitment of local
We feel that it is important to
- Continue WFs at the OSA conventions
- Start WFs locally in every city
- Develop more local leadership and interest among Odia
- Start a help-line when commitment is available from local