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Army wives welfare Association (AWWA) organised "ASMITA PURBA : Inspiring Stories by Army Wives" at Albert Ekka Auditorium, Fort William Kolkata.

ARMY WIVES, A term that conjures up varied images of independent, self-assured, self-confident, savvy and strong ladies, members of that sisterhood of women who have had the courage to watch their men go into battle, courses or long exercises and the strength to carry on with their duties and responsibilities until they return. Often left behind but never forgotten their sorority knows no rank.
Army wives welfare Association (AWWA) Eastern Command helmed by Mrs Nisha Kalita, Regional President AWWA, organised "ASMITA PURBA : Inspiring Stories by Army Wives" at Albert Ekka Auditorium, Fort William Kolkata. 
The event provided a public platform and an opportunity to selected AWWA members to share their stories with other members of the sisterhood. The stories encompassed a wide spectrum ranging from tales of entrepreneurial success, triumphing over personal challenges, soul stirring sagas of abuse, surviving a terror attack and tackling hard times in life head on. The stories were of personal triumph, turning the tide in one's favor and prevailing through the challenges and tough times without losing heart or giving up on life even in face of adversity. In turn, these stories provide motivation, instill confidence and offer support and courage to other members to persevere and overcome any challenges they may face. 
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Padmashree awardee Dr Sudha Kaul, Vice Chairperson IICP (Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy) Kolkata, a renowned activist in the field of care giving and inclusive life for specially abled person  affected by Cerebral Palsy. Ms Shashi Jain, Image Consultant, Soft Skills Trainer and Life Coach was the guest speaker for the event. 
The event was curated and mentored by team Lokesh Nathany, Storytelling & Public Speaking coach and TEDX speaker along with Ms Anupriya Chowdhary, My Story coach, author and founder of Wonder Skill.
The event on 11th February 2023 was the culmination of a process that started 2 months ago. Starting with getting members to register, going through their stories, conducting a workshop to hone the skills of the selected participants to finally picking up the most impactful stories. 
The selected stories were presented to a packed auditorium and  were shared across Eastern Command as members from many military stations joined the event virtually. 
The Chief Guest, Dr Sudha Kaul too felt that this was a forum or place where she too could share her own story. 

The event ended with Mrs Nisha Kalita felicitating the Chief Guest, the guest speaker, the curators and mentors and of course all the AWWA speakers who shared their stories today. AWWA Eastern Command hopes to conduct more such events in their efforts towards empowering army wives.
Salute to the Army ladies who are a pillar of constant strength and support to their husbands and children.

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