Bhubaneswar, 25/11 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty ) : In a bid to raise awareness on gender based violence and engaging youth to address these issues in Odisha, a three-day youth convention is organised by the Institute for Social Development (ISD) (a State level women’s organisation) in collaboration with Oxfam India at Bharat Scouts and Guide, Bhubaneswar.
The convention was inaugurated by Acting Chairman of Odisha Human Rights Commission Justice Birakishore Mishra in presence of Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Women & Child Development Department Saswata Mishra, eminent writer Dr. Bibhuti Patnaik, Regional Manager of Oxfam India Akshaya Kumar Biswal, cine artist Anu Chowdhury, State Chief Commissioner Bharat Scout & Guide Kali Prasanna Mishra and Raja Yogini Sister Leena Prajapita Iswariya Viswavidyalaya. The inaugural ceremony was chaired by President of ISD Namrata Chadha and Director of ISD Subhashree Das delivered the welcome address along with objectives of the youth convention.
Nearly 300 college students from both rural and urban areas of Odisha have participated to build a commitment towards enhancement of women’s dignity.
The 16 days of activism campaign against gender based violence is an opportunity to show international solidarity in the fight to end violence against women. This year’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World”. The theme highlights the link between militarism and gender violence as well as the role of women as peacemakers in their homes and nations. Various programmes will be organised during the 16 days of activism.
Gender based violence and violence against women is a pervasive human rights violation, a public health issue, and an obstacle to equality, development, security and peace. The term “gender based violence” is used to refer to a range of violence committed against women that stem from gender inequality and women’s subordinate status in society. It can include domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, trafficking, sexual harassments, harmful social practices and more.