Students join global movement to end violence against women

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Dec 2017 11:10:30


Staff Reporter,


University students on Thursday joined the global movement of ’16 days of activism’ to end violence against women and girls and took a pledge to create a society that values women and girls as much as it values men and boys.
Around 1200 young boys and girls gathered at Pt. Ravishankar University for the “Jashn Nayi Soch Ka” event on Thursday. In 2016, Oxfam India launched the ‘Bano Nayi Soch’ campaign in Patna. The campaign challenges the existing social norms and behaviours that perpetuate violence against women and girls. The programme was organized under the joint aegis of Oxfam India, Women Study Centre Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla University and Indra Kala and Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya Khairagarh.

Vice Chancellor of Pt Ravi Shankar Shukla University Dr Shiv Kumar Pandey said that there is a need to change the mindsets towards women so that equality prevails in the society. Young generation needs to be educated and sensitive towards it, he added.

Vice Chancellor of Indira Kal Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya Professor Mandavi Singh said that art has proved to be an exemplary way of expression towards reducing violence against women. Chairperson of Chhattisgarh Commission for Women Harshita Pandey in her address said that there has to have a zero tolerance policy for violence against women and youths can be a game changer for it.

Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal said, “It is really shocking that violence against women is such a global, widespread epidemic where one in three women say they are subject to violence, and most of the violence is domestic violence. It is even more shocking that 60% of men and women in India think that this is normal and justified for all kinds of trivial reasons.”

“Oxfam India has launched a national campaign ‘Bano Nayi Soch’ to try and change these social norms. We are engaging with young people to change attitudes and behaviours about gender equality and to create a world where they can form mutually respectful relationships and dream of having a life free from violence,” she added.

Ranu Bhogal, Advocacy and Campaigns Director, Oxfam India also spoke. Through amazing artistry of dance, music, art, theatre on gender issues, students of Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwa vidyalaya, Women Study Center and Pt Ravi Shankar Shukl University performed and presented the women’s situation in the society.

Regional Director of Oxfam India, Anand Shukla appreciated the initiatives taken by Chhattisgarh Government in context of gender justice and stressed more works needed to done for the betterment of society. Dr Reeta Venugopal, Director, Women Study Center of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, proposed the vote of thanks.