13 The Bandra She-Link Project

posted Mar 22, 2018, 6:58 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 6:58 AM ]
To commemorate International Women’s Day 2018, Fr Magi Murzello of St Andrew Church, Bandra conceptualised a novel project – The BANDRA SHE-LINK PROJECT. On Thursday, March 8, 2018, Bishop Barthol Barretto, Bishop-in-charge of the Archdiocesan Women’s Commission,was invited to celebrate the Eucharist and inaugurate the project.

In his homily, Bishop Barthol emphasised the importance of women not only in the home, but also in a larger arena like Mumbai, or even India. He cited the example of a woman living in the Archdiocese of Bombay - a polio patient who suffered abuse at the hands of her husband over an extended period of time. Diagnosed with tuberculosis and suffering immensely, she prayed for release from this life. It was then that her life changed. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she fought for survival and now helps other women throw off their shackles of abuse and pain. Bishop Barthol elaborated on ‘The BANDRA SHE-LINK PROJECT’ that the Women’s Cell of St Andrew Church would launch later that evening. Just as the Bandra-Worli Sea-Link connects Bandra to Worli, this Project aims to connect the women of Bandra to Sheroes of India - victims of acid attacks, domestic violence, rape, female infanticide, human trafficking, honour killings, etc. who have had the fortitude to pick up the pieces of their lives and carry on. Bishop Barthol also emphasised the importance of raising awareness about these issues, as well as embracing the spirit of these women who carry on and help others, despite all odds.