Month-long drive to sensitise society on gender violence begins

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2017 11:00:05


 

 

Staff Reporter,

Raipur,


It is pertinent to note that Chhattisgarh is the first and currently the only State in the country to implement and form a Sakhi Centre for one-stop aid to distressed women in all its 27 districts

The world celebrated the International Day for elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and is set to celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is an international campaign set between these dates to challenge violence against women and girls on a global level.


Taking forward the globally recognised civil movement, Department of Women and Child Welfare, Chhattisgarh has organised a month long drive across the state for thorough and all inclusive training of the members and officers of the Local Complaints Committees, created as per The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013 and the members of the One Stop ‘Sakhi’ Centers established in every district of the state to provide wholesome assistance to women in distress (implemented under the One Stop Sakhi Center Scheme of 2015 by the Central Government).


The first session in furtherance of this was held on December 4 at the New Circuit House, Raipur which was presided over by Padmini Bhoi, Additional Director, Department of Women and Child Development, Chhattisgarh, who addressed the need and importance of
these institutions for advancement of gender justice and
equality in the society.

Pallavi Pareek and Advocate Esha Shekhar from IIF, co

Pallavi Pareek and Advocate Esha Shekhar from IIF, conducted the training sessions where the participants were engaged in different exercises involving different real life scenarios to develop proper understanding of implementation of these schemes.
Under this particular initiative of the State Government, training sessions are scheduled to be further held in Durg, Bilaspur, Surguja and Bastar zones over the course of the month of December.


“Laws are made for a reason and when not implemented and communicated to their target beneficiaries, they lose the meaning and essence of their existence. Chhattisgarh Government’s initiative of implementing the important laws such as Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013 and establishment of One-Stop centers is an important step towards ending gender based violence in the society.” says Pallavi, Managing Trustee of Initiatives for Inclusion Foundation (IIF).


Advocate Esha Shekhar, Managing Trustee of IIF said, “One Stop Centers are mandated for the purpose of facilitating justice for distressed women and it is critical that sufficient time is invested in their member training. Before these centers extend their facilitation to the larger segment of women in the society, it is important to ensure that they are well versed with the legal, technical and behavioral elements required for this role. We appreciate and feel proud to be part of this initiative of the Department of Women and Child development. “


It is pertinent to note that Chhattisgarh is the first and currently the only State in the country to implement and form a Sakhi Centre for one-stop aid to distressed women in all its 27 districts. Ungender, a Delhi based organisation working on the implementation of the POSH Act, and education and facilitation of gender laws, through its non-profit arm, Initiatives for Inclusion Foundation (IIF), has partnered with the ministry to engage in the sensitisation, training and the capacity building of the above mentioned newly formed institutions, which are the forerunners for ensuring the gender justice at the ground level.