Campaign and Advocacy on Violence against Women

Introduction:

Awareness training and meeting for women in gross root level was given by Dalith Women Development Society in various aspects. In lieu of 16 days campaign a van campaign programme was organized by DWDS jointly with ADECOM network to create Awareness on Domestic Violence against women. It Started from Kottaikadu, Village (Kanchipuram District) and end at Vennagkaupattu Village.The campaign was conducted on 10th December 2016.

Campaign Details:

The welcome address was given by Komala Head of the DWDS; the Felicitation address was given by Ms. P. Lalidammble, she said women was affected physically and mentally by the social evils conducted to her in the society and home. Women have to develop economically and socially, to avoid violence against them. The van campaign was conducted in 10 villages namely Kottaikadu, Kolathur, Thenpakkam, Chinnakottaikadu Poomikuppam, Vempanr, Kappivakkam, Karumpakkam, Nallur and Vennagkaupattu. The programme was lead by Mrs Raja former councilor.

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Discussed content in the programme:

  • Women should understand about their child and avoid child marriage in the society
  • Should encourage women education and employment to develop women society
  • Women have to come out and participate in the informative programmes to know the current situation of the society
  • Women should engage her in some work, or to create opportunity for doing self employment
  • To stop violence against women, men have to understand women in all levels society, home and workplace.

Conclusion:

The programme was arranged by Ms. Komala Head DWDS, 55 men and women members participated in the van campaign programme.

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Sensitization and capacity building for key stake holders (Police, Judiciary, Gov.t…)on Violence

One day Workshop on “Issues Faced by Women & Responsibilities of Police”

Introduction: ADECOM Network organized the one day workshop for police officials with Department of Police, Karaikal. That workshop was conducted on November 18th 2016 about “Issues Faced by Women & Responsibilities of Police”. There were 140 police officials participated and discussed about women issues and their responsibilities.

Objective of one day workshop

  • Enhance the awareness on effective implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
  • Enhance the awareness on effective implementation of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) 2012.
  • Discuss with the Police Officials about current judgment on Domestic Violence cases.
  • Discuss about barriers of Police Officials to deal with Domestic Violence cases in the field.

Resource Person from:

  • Senior Superintendent of police Mr. V.J. Chandran
  • Managing Trustee Ms. Ms Lalidamballe
  • Superintendent of Police Mr. Gunasekaran
  • Advocate Mr. E.Martin Santhome
  • Advocate Mr. Seenu. Perumal

Workshop content

  • Even though we have many acts for women protection, women not able to enjoy their equal rights in the society. Police department should increase the security measures for women.
  • Lacking of economic independence and social dependence of women are the main reason for domestic violence, though women development is increasing in all aspects, still it has to be widened. Once her economic status is developed, she can take her own decision and can raise questions against their violence.
  • Women have capability to tackle the problem naturally rather than man. They should enhance their awareness and updating knowledge on society, it should lead to decrease the violence against women.
  • Police responsibility is plays pivot role for economic and social independence of women. We can enhance and motivate the police responsibilities through such workshops.

 

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Provision of support, referral services and counseling

After identification of domestic violence issue ADECOM Network provide its services to women survivors by following procedure, at following dates 18.11.2016 at Villupuram district through RYET, 21.11.2016 at Thanjavur district through WEDSS, 22.11.2016 at Karaikal district through WEST, 25.11.2016 at, Thiruvannamalai district through PARAI, 29.11.2016 at Cuddalore district through SVED, 28.11.2016 at Kanchipuram district through DWDS and 30.11.2016 at Pondicherry district through KK

Procedure to provide services:

Visit the organization to collect basic details of victim. Then team collected information about the main cause of problem.  Visit the women survivor and discuss about her domestic violence issue. After discuss her problem, analyze the case study with advocate of ADECOM to suggest the solution. With help of advocate ADECOM team provide the legal and psychological counseling to women survivor. Follow up the case study periodically to sustain the services and to reduce the violence against women.

Example case study from Thanjavur district:

Before life of counseling: Ms. Saranya (Name Changed) aged at 32 belongs to Schedule Cast. She got married and now she is 3 month pregnant.  The problem was, her mother in law make continues conflict due to her possessiveness on her son.  She continuously restricts their marriage relationship. Her husband also scolds and used abusive words. At a point of time, her husband sent her to her mother’s home at 11:00pm. So she got angry and stopped to speak with him from last 3 month (October – December). She lived separately with her mother’s home.

During at counseling: ADECOM team identified this issue with help of its partner in Thanjavur district. After analyzing of case details ADECOM legal consultant Mr. Perumal gave legal counseling to that survivor. Before that ADECOM psychologist Ms. Sivapriya gave psychological counseling to that survivor.

After life of counseling: After the counseling the survivor contacted her husband through phone. Now they are joined together and lead a happy life.

Community awareness rising on gender equality

Objective

  • To create awareness on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDVA).
  • To create awareness on understanding about Domestic Violence.
  • Provide awareness about gender discriminatory activities at home and community level.
  • Give sensitization to Community based groups for sensitize their village people on Violence against Women.
  • Identify women issues and provide legal service.
  • Motivate women to take action against their violence at home and community level.
  • Encourage women to involve financial decision at home and community level.
  • To discuss about the social protection of women survivors.

Discussed Content:

  • Alcoholism is the essential reason for creating domestic violence at every family. The only solution is women should come forward to became a entrepreneur for manage their economic situation. This only leads to take the financial decision within family and community level.
  • Kinds of violence explained that in every community awareness to people is that,
  1. Dowry harassment
  2. Sexual abuse
  3. Psychological abuse
  4. Physical abuse harassment
  5. Unsecured abuse for the life and property
  6. Verbal harassment and intimidating the indicator relations.
  • Explained the importance of PWDVA, role of stakeholders to implementation of PWDVA. Then ADECOM Network explained about PWDVA legal procedures to participants particularly about remedies, types of violence, meaning about Domestic Violence.
  • Many women didn’t aware about this act and they felt that is not necessary for their family. Women only search such laws at the time of affected by Domestic Violence. Participated women were laughing at the time of expressed this act so from this attitude of women easily shows their ignorance. So awareness of this act is enhancing among village people.
  • Our women in society have fixed mindset about stereotype gender roles and responsibilities. So as per that responsibility women should tolerate all dominate attitudes of men. Women also taken this casual attitude in their day today life.
  • Women’s view is different about this law due to their more dependent life. That is the reason ADECOM Network team motivated to take financial decision to women. To take financial decision women should involve small business or entrepreneur. This is the task to bring women empowerment in this society.

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Economic independence and social independence only lead to women empowered society

Karaikkal Nov18: Police department is working very close to the society.  They are dealing with violence against women at home and community level. They have to acquire more knowledge on PWDVA (Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005). In this regard one day workshop was conducted by ADECOM Network and Karaikkal Police Department on 18.11.2016 to 98 police officials from Karaikkal Police Department.

Economic independence and social independence only lead to create the equal society. Women should enhance their awareness level to reduce the crime against them in society. Police Officials have essential responsibilities to reducing violence and protecting women from violence. The police officials should help to effective execution of PWDVA. To reducing violence against women in karaikkal Women Protection Mission has been formed in schools said, Senior Superintendent of police Mr. V.J. Chandran in his presidential address.

In working place, men have to treat woman with Gender sensitive manner. Men should come forward to struggle for violence against women in the society. He should support for women equality and equity. Police officials have to support for women victims for getting their justice in the society. They should analyze the cases with gender sensitive manner said, Managing Trustee Ms. Lalidamballe in her Key note address.

Karaikkal police department is working for reduce the violence against women and initiatives taking for women protection. Cooperation of public and social organizations like ADECOM Network is played pivot role to reduce violence against women in the society. Many acts and amendments emerge in the constitution for women security so police officials should learn those acts and aware on violence against women said, Superintendent of Police  Mr. Gunasekaran in his speech.

Sexual abuse is not only the force to sexual relationship, even unwanted touching, pulling, pushing, and unwanted verbal conversation is also considered as sexual abuse. Parents and social organizations should teach to children about good touch and bad touch. They should create awareness about child abuse in the society said, Advocate Mr. E.Martin Santhome in his discussion on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act – 2012.

Advocate Mr. Seenu Perumal explained through visual aid about the Domestic Violence act, he explained, beneficiaries by the act, how to make complaint and whom to approach in domestic violence cases.  Police official’s plays important role on implement of court order on PWDVA. Police officials should enhance the awareness on DIR (Domestic Interim Report) and they support to women victim when they are getting residential order.  He also clarified the questions raised from police officials about PWDVA.

The workshop was conducted on Friday (18.11.2016) at National Mahal Kottucherry Karaikal. Sub Inspector Mr. Perumal help to organize that workshop.  98 Polices, Superintendent of police Mr. Vamishidara Reddy, Police official Sridhar, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, men and women police, Protection Officer Mr.Ravichandiran and Social activist Ms. Padmini participated in that workshop. Vote of thanks was given by Co-Ordinator of ADECOM Network D. Arivoucany. ADECOM Network Project Manager Ms. Nandhini and Psychologist Ms. Sivapriya participated in that workshop.

Seminar on PWDVA (Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act) with celebrating the International Women’s Day 2016

Monitoring and evaluation is one of the major processes to strengthen the PWDVA enforcement machinery in Puducherry. For that we should create the Monitoring and Evaluation group in the presence of law secretary of Puducherry. From that group activity we can enhance the protection of women in family and in community said by Managing Trustee Ms. P. Lalidamblle.  Main objective of nation is protecting the women and child from violence.

To increase the protection of women and children the trainings were given to police officials, so police officials should take all possible initiatives to protect the women and child said by the Senior Superintendent of Police (L & O) Dr. V. J. Chandran, IPS. PWDVA is effectively implemented without any gender discrimination, so women should increase their hope on legal system the legal system also help to women in all aspects of protection said by the law secretary Mr. G. Sendil Kumar. There is emergence need to conduct such kind of seminars to those stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of the PWDVA said by the senior advocate Mr. N. K. Perumal.

Session I – PWDVA 2005 – Overview

PWDVA 2005 – Overview subject was taken by the advocate Mr. V. Sivaganapathy. He explained about the following brief concepts.

  • Meaning of Domestic Violence,
  • Kinds of Domestic Violence,
  • Approaches method to file the case under PWDVA.
  • Experience sharing during the handling of PWDVA cases.

Session – II – Facing problems and possible solutions of PWDVA 2005

Facing problems and possible solutions of PWDVA 2005 subject was taken by the advocate    Ms. Viruntha Mohan. She took that subject with examples of DV cases. She gave some important acts in PWDVA to participants that is very useful and motivated the participants to learn more concepts.

Session – III – Role of Judicial Officers, Protection Officers, Service Providers and Police Officials of PWDVA 2005

Hon’ble Family Court, Judge Thiru. C. Kumar Saravanen explained the role of judicial officers, protection officers, service providers and police officials of PWDVA 2005. He explained each representative’s roles very patiently and clearly. He also clarifies the doubts of participants during the session. Protection officers and police officials were really actively participated in those sessions. New Picture (4)Seminar session was successfully concluded with the Hon’ble Chief Judicial Magistrate Puducherry Thiru. V. Padmanabhan. He gave very valuable speech on PWDVA 2005. PWDVA 2005 is like super market because this act include many acts related to women protection so if we strengthen this PWDVA, we can get women protection at the same time this is not only the responsible of Police or Lawyers this is responsible of each and every citizens. He also clarifies the participant’s doubts on PWDVA.

Sustainable Relief Ideas in Future for Most Deprived Women & Children by Flood

After the temporary reliefs ADECOM planned to support long term for most deprived women and children. In this regard it planned to identify 30 beneficiaries from 30 villages in those districts. The long term support is processing in the form tailoring unit for women and summer camp for children.

ADECOM approached Usha (Name of the company) International Limited, tailoring machine company to provide 7 days residential training for women.  In that training company teach the basic mechanisms of machine. It is used to village women to self repaired at the emergency situation.  It lead to avoid discontinue of tailoring task for small hardware problem.

In those 7 days company teach the 21 varieties of dress materials. Company also agreed to do periodic monitoring activity through ADECOM. That valuable training was used to each and every woman in the village to manage their livelihood.

After getting that training, those 30 women will start small tailoring classes in their won village with help of Panchayat (Local Governance) leader. ADECOM built the well relationship with each village Panchayat leaders. This relationship surely leads to create the tailoring unit in each village. Through that in future this activity will to create 600 beneficiaries in those districts.

This process is not only the activity but it also the skill development knowledge of women. When women interfere to take financial decision in the family then only we will get the real women empowerment.

Identified the children from flood affected village those who one loss their note books by flood. To support their education ADECOM planned to present the education kit to 150 children from three districts. Even though, Government also took initiatives to provide books to school students, through that kind of summer camps with kit lead to change child psychological illness.

ADECOM will conduct the summer class to enhance the children skills like drawing, specking, handwriting, spoken English, and so on. End of the summer course distribute certificates along with that educational kit.  ADECOM also taking computer courses to villagers those who are economically poor from village.

Education kit consist one school bag, stationary items (Pen, Pencil, geometry box, eraser, scale, sharpener, etc) and notebooks.

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“NGO introduce 24 hours free legal Clinic to decrease violence against women and children”

The van campaign was started from Thavalakuppam and it covered 11 villages and ended in Villianur with 12 volunteers.

Now a days, women and children affected more by violence, that affected women and children not open their issue in front of society. They have more fear to tell that issues in police station, that kind of person should tell their problems and issues to this kind of NGO’s. If women and children want to file any case against perpetrators, that time only they will use police station other vice they will approach this NGOs to find out solutions. Women can tell and approach to NGO any time by using this 24 hours free legal clinic. Through this kind of service we can reduce the women and child abuses in society, saidSenior Superintendent of Police Mr. V.J. Chandran.New Picture (15)

ADECOM Network establishes its services in villages through its 24 hours free legal clinic. People should utilize these services to reduce domestic violence and child abuse. ADECOM Network also introduces the cell number to contact 24 hrs legal services. People should aware about their problems and should hear such kind of awareness programmes lead by NGO’s. They gave many instructions, ideas, and solutions about women and children violence. So people should aware and utilize this kind of free services from NGO’s, said Field Publicity Assistant Director Mr. T. Sivakumar.

Women should need to know about their violence and legal solutions. Legal awareness and legal knowledge is very important to each village women. They affected by domestic violence anytime and anywhere particularly in night time, so should aware about this kind of legal services. Men should treat women as a human being, in this contemporary world many men are dominate women in all circumstances so they should change their attitude. If a women affected by domestic violence, she should approach the protection officer, police office, service provider and judicial magistrate. If they don’t know any above stake holders they should approach women NGO’s like ADECOM Network. We will take their problem and should support to survivor, said by managing trustee of ADECOM Network.