THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kudumbashree and its women’s brigade can boast of several changes, both big and small, in its 16-year existence which are known to society. When celebrating more than a decade-and-a-half of community development, they are putting a finger in another pie by publishing books on their multi-faceted talents, achievements and activities - not just two or three, but a whopping 35 titles altogether.
All these books will be released on the occasion of the 16th State Annual Meet of Kudumbashree to be hosted by the city next week.
A bunch of 15 books is on the experiences of Kudumbashree workers in 14 districts of the state along with a complied report. Another 15 books are on the crime mapping Kudumbashree has undertaken in all districts - five panchayats in each.
Reminiscences of a journey Kudumbashree had taken out in 2012 called ‘Pusthaka Yatra’ - when it came up with 1,072 memoirs - are getting compiled into one book - ‘1072 Ithalukal’. “This book will have a personal profile of CDS chairpersons, their contributions, achievements, challenges and things they feel as not achieved. Besides, three changes that the chairpersons wish to implement through Kudumabshree are also included,” said Manjula Bharathi, chief operating officer of Kudumbashree Mission.
‘Ariyappedatha Veeranganamar’ would have profiles of unsung women achievers who were part of movements, freedom struggles and accomplishments. Another book is on the micro-level planning Kudumbashree is set to implement in the 486 tribal hamlets of the state.
The theme of the 16th year, ‘Resistance’, will chronicle how the Kudumbashree members accomplished this resistance in diverse fields - at community-level, gender-level and so on. Last, but not the least, there is a title which has provided a platform for Balasabha members to showcase their writing skills. It has stories and poems written by the little members.
“Ministers will release the books during the programme. The books will be available for sales at the venue and at the Kudumbashree offices,” said Manjula.
The annual meet is to be held from August 12 to 14 at Kanakakkunnu Palace. Meeting of representatives, workshops, media seminar, exhibitions and cultural activities are lined up.