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Annual International Campaign: Elimination of Violence against women

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On the occasion of 16 Days Activism which is an annual international campaign that starts  from 25 November until 10 December (also, Human Rights Day) for the elimination of Violence against women and girls.

The global theme for the year 2021 was against Gender Based Violence, and the theme on which they reflected upon was “Orange the world: End  violence against women now!”.

About the Annual International Campaign

Annual International Campaign

Almost 6000+ organizations in 187 countries have participated in the Global 16 Days Campaign since 1991 reaching 300 million people. The 16 Days campaign was initially formed for the international women’s movement.

Since  the 1970s, the women’s rights networks had been growing and facilitated in various parts by  the UN World Conferences on Women.

Feminists had to fight for decades to secure the mere  recognition that violations of women’s rights and on women were not simply private acts  outside the state, but it is considered as a violation of human right under the law. 

So, on the occasion of the 16 Days Activism, Bodhana an NGO headquartered in  Guwahati has conducted various programmes to send a message to the society regarding  violence against women and girls in various parts of Assam like Bokakhat, Barpeta, Amguri,  Nagaon, Kohora and Guwahati.

Throughout these sixteen days Bodhana in collaboration with  Project Maanush Assam (MAVA), Jagori Grameen and One Billion Rising conducted several  events such as Midnight Walk, Painting Competition, Self-Defence training for girls, Mural  Art, Film Screening and Cycle Rally.  

The Midnight Walk

The Midnight Walk was held on 25th November, in which the women and girls were  invited to walk at midnight to mark their presence and importance on the street while spreading  a message that women too can freely walk after dark and avoid rape and molestation.

The  Painting Competition was held on 28th November and the theme of it was “Toxic Masculinity”  for students to express their concern through colors and images how we find violence in the  process of patriarchy that is embedded so precisely in our households.

The Self Defense  training had been going on from 29th November till today and was conducted by Project  Maanush mentee, Pulak Pegu who wishes to make the little girls aware of the violence that one  faces in their day-to-day life so they can be safe in the society filled with eyes of prey.

Another  important activity of this 16 Days Activism was Mural Art that was drawn by Rishi Raj Nath  which illustrates that women are the victims of society constantly in surveillance of men.  

The Film Screening program was held at Ethnic Cocoon, Bokakhat in two shifts, in  which the college students were shown two short films Daaravtha and Devi, which portrays a  story of a transgender and Devi shows about the rape victims and how we look upon them  avoiding them to be a part of the society secluding them to be an outcast.

The second half was  for special women dignitaries from different sections of the society who were shown Fireflies: Jonaki Porua, which is a movie based on Trans Women and the session was followed by  conversation over tea and some musical performances by the women.

The last event of the  campaign was the Cycle Rally along with a street play which was held at Kohora today. The  cycle rally started from 6:30 am from Bokakhat to Kohora which marks the end of the 16 Days  Activism campaign. 

These activities and events were a depiction of how we send our small  contribution to society for the change we need in our lives. It can be through entertainment,  art or a conversation.

These things do matter so that we can build a better future for any gender  in the society irrespective of any caste, class, gender, color, ethnicity, religion, etc.



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