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Call for action against gender based violence

Call for action against gender based violence
Organisers and participants of the programme on December 4.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/4/2019 11:54:54 AM IST

Calling for action to eliminate gender based violence toward women and girls, Fellowship of the Least Coin, Nagaland and Students Christian Movement of India-North East Region observed 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence on the theme “awareness to accountability” at outside Big Bazaar here on Wednesday.   

It may be noted that 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, kicked off on November 25 on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will run till December 10 (Human Rights Day). Several students representing colleges from Dimapur participated in the event using responsive liturgies through song, choreography and reading text followed by affirmative action and pledge for a Violence against Women free community using candlelight and signature campaign.   

Delivering speech on the occasion, organiser of the programme, Renemsongla Ozukum said that there has been increasing rate of domestic violence and abuse by husbands, brothers and fathers in the recent years.  

She said though Dimapur has been considered one of the fastest growing commercial hubs in the North East region, there was lack of proper mechanisms for ensuring social security and safety for vulnerable people, including the citizens. 

“We live in a dynamic and big city where we have easy access to all the commodities that we need, but women and children do not feel safe and secure anymore” she added.

She therefore appealed to the young people and Ecumenical prayer groups to pray and work for peace and justice and join hands to ensure that Dimapur does not become a “violently horrific place where we are indifferent to violence, particularly to the violence committed against women and vulnerable young girls.”

“Let us continue to strive to build communities where there is no gender discrimination, but a socially-just and gender equal society,” she said, stating that this campaign will lead from “Awareness to Accountability”, and an eventual gender-equal and violence-free world. 

It may be noted that the Annual Fortnight campaign or the 16 days activism against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign calling for prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. The dates were chosen to symbolically link violence against women as a violation of human rights.

 

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