Sunday, 23 August 2015

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Women against Violence
 

As part of our community initiative, Don Bosco Veedu Society arranged awareness campaign rally and Onam celebration for our self help groups (SHGs) at Karimadon Slum on 22/08/2015. The program of the day started at 10.30 am with a rally through Karimadom slum ending at Don Bosco Centre, Manacuad where the celebration took place. The rally was an awareness campaign on issues of Women especially against Domestic Violence. More than 60 women participated in the campaign and Onam celebration.  The rally ended with an awareness class on issues of domestic violence. Leaflets and awareness booklets were distributed during the campaign.

Onam celebration took place with variety competitions,
 thiruvathira and was concluded with onasadhya (solemn lunch) and prizes for all those who won the completions.

“I am a woman, I wanted to be clothed in Strength, Dignity, Pride and Laughter without fear of the future”
 read one of the slogans in the placard which was held by a woman during the rally. The placard  and the genuine and innocent questions asked by the participants during the session, shifts our attention long back to our independence, when the father of our nation said one day that “woman is more fitted than man to make exploration and take bolder action in non-violence. Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women”. And, 68 years after the independence still women strive for strength, dignity and pride.

The subject of empowerment of women is becoming a burning issue all over the world including India since last few decades. Inequalities between men and women and discrimination against women have also been age-old issues all over the world. They have demanded equality with men in matters of education, employment, inheritance, marriage, politics etc. Two Acts have also been enacted to emancipate women in India. These are: Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act, 2006. The Domestic Violence Act recognizes that abuse can be physical as well as mental. Anything that makes a woman feel inferior and takes away her self-respect is abuse.