In India women are being raped at every 29 minutes, every 22 minutes we can see one dowry victim and violence against a women at every 3 minutes.
About 42 per cent women face physical or sexual violence in the state of Odisha.
In modern society day by day there is a rise in violence cases against women.
In 2014, 14,606 cases of crimes against women were registered in Odisha (NCRB). They are not only being tortured, raped etc but also subjected to domestic violence and even murder.
These were some of the shockers that figured at the launch of a 16-day of activism launched here by the People’s Cultural Centre ( PECUC), a NGO.
The 16-day campaign 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 domestic violence. The campaign aims to raise awareness about domestic violence at community level.
A mobile campaign van was flagged off by MLA Sashi Bhusan Behera. It will move around 17 panchayat’s and 31 villages of Bhubaneswar and Balianta Block of Khurda district to make aware the people on the issues of VAW and more specifically domestic violence.
An workshop on violence against women was organized by PECUC in collaboration with The Hunger Project today with Behera, Member Women Commission Snigdha Panigrahi, Snehanjali Mohanty , Rasmiprava Mishra,(DV Protection officer) Khurda Dist, Prof Adaramani Boral ,Chairman PECUC taking part in it.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC said,” PECUC is taking initiative at different level to address the issues to protect women from violence and abuses.
Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director spoke on the objectives of the workshop and the campaign.
In this launching programme more than 100 women PRI’s, SHG leaders from Bali anta & Bhubaneswar Block participated and by putting messages on the signature banner on the issues.
They demanded that panchayat should be given adequate power giving birth certificate, marriage certificate, caste certificate, death certificate etc; formation of prevention 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 etc.