Raipur students join the global movement for a world free from violence against women and girls
University students in Raipur today 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.
‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ is a global campaign that begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) and ends on Human Rights Day (December 10). The ‘16 days’ are a reminder that violence against women is a violation of human rights. During the 16 days, civil society organisations, media and people across the world raise their voice for a gender equal world where women and girls are free from violence and abuse.
Around 900 young boys and girls gathered at Pt. Ravishankar University for the “Jashn Nayi Soch Ka” event. 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.
“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,” said Oxfam India CEO Nisha Agrawal.
During the last 10 years, most states in India have made some progress in reducing violence against women. Chhattisgarh is one of only a handful of states that has seen a rise in cases of violence against women. According to the National Family Health Survey-3, in 2005-06, the state had the prevalence of spousal violence at 29.9 per cent, which has increased by 6.8 percentage points during the last 10 years. As per the National Family Health Survey-4, in 2015-16 this figure stood at 36.7 per cent, which is substantially higher as compared with an all India average of 28.5 percent.
“The fact that violence against women and girls has increased in Chhattisgarh during the last 10 years is alarming. The Government must make a stronger effort to implement the Beti Bachao, Beti Padao campaign that teaches society to value women and girls more. It must also complement it with a “Beton ko Sikhao, Beton ko Samjhao” type of campaign that redefines the concept of masculinity and teaches young men and boys to accept women and girls as their equals,” said Nisha Agrawal.
Through amazing artistry of dance, music, art, theatre on gender issues, students were educated about ways to challenge patriarchal attitudes and behaviour that promote violence against women.