Bhubaneswar, 09/12/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )-: A district level workshop on violence against women was organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in collaboration with The Hunger Project on Saturday.
The meeting was chaired by chairperson of PECUC Prof. Adaramani Boral.
Speaking on the occasion, PECUC secretary Ranjan Kumar Mohanty highlighted the initiatives being taken by PECUC at different levels to protect women from violence and abuses.”
Joining as esteemed guest, sub-collector, Bhubaneswar Manas Ranjan Samal stated that the domestic violence issues can be solved by creating awareness among all sections of people.
Special secretary, State Election Commission Ashok Dash, Member of Women Commission Snehanjali Mohanty, DV Protection officer Khordha district Rasmiprava Mishra addressed the gathering and appreciated the campaign for raising awareness among people regarding how to get information and access the services to end violence against women.
PECUC executive director Anuradha Mohanty welcomed the guests and shared the objective of the workshop and week-long campaign on violence against women organised by the organisation.
Traesurer of PECUC Ratna Dash delibered vote of thanks and the programme was facilitated by PECUC team members Jyoti Sankar Mohanty, Pulak Mishra, Upama Mohanty, Bamadeva Jena and Chinmayee Pattanayak.
According to organisers, one-third of women in the world are victims of violence. In India, a woman is raped in every 14 minutes, sexually abused in every 7 minutes & in every 4 minutes we witness violence against a woman. About 42% of women in the state of Odisha face physical or sexual violence. Even in this modern day and age, violence
against women is still on the rise. They are not only being raped but kidnapped, sexually abused and also through domestic violence and dowry killings. The 16 Days Activism is an International Campaign that started in 1991. Since then, over 5,179 groups in 187 countries have
taken part in this campaign. This Campaign provides each and every one of us with the opportunity to break the silence around violence against women. People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) a leading organization in the state collaboration with The Hunger Project organized this “16
days of Activism” from December 3 to 9. This weeklong event launched a mobile van campaign at Balianta and Bolagarh Block of Khordha district to aware the people on the issues of VAW and more specifically domestic violence. In this campaign, more than 100 women PRI’s, SHG leaders participated and shared views on panchayat should be given adequate power for giving marriage certificate, birth certificate etc; formation of sexual harassment committee at panchayat level; single /divorced women, unmarried girls/ widow’s life should be protected; every panchayat should have separate toilets for women; two-child norm at Panchayati Raj system should be completely banned.