Conference on Violence against Women with Police officials

 

Introduction

Sub Inspector of Police Ms. Agalya requested to ADECOM Network to organize the discussion with police officials on Violence against women.  For that, ADECOM conducted the debate session with Police officials from “All women Police Station” at Villianur on 30.11.2016.

Discussion Session

Sub Inspector of Police Ms. Agalya, Protection Officer Mr. Soundharrajan, advocate       Mr. Perumal and Mr. Sivakumar, Karunai Trust the Non Government Organization, members from Annal Ambedkar Women Rationalistic Movement, the women movements of Pengal Paguthirivu Paralumandram, Women victims and Social activists participated and made a debate with police officials on violence against women.6

Discussed content content:

  • Normally, the women survivors not ready to file their complaint. They only expect illegal helps from police such as organize marriage, call to perpetrators to investigate without complaint, to beat their husband without complaint, etc., this kind of attitude create many issues within police department. So women should know about their rights and legal procedures.
  • The permanent “Service Center” should create in each police station to give counseling to such women. This service Center will help to decrease the violence against women.
  • Women were got more fear at the time of facing problem. They should act as brave and bold to solve the problem with legal way.
  • Police departments and Voluntary Organization should take initiatives to help such survivors to decrease violence against women.
  • ADECOM Network is ready to provide its services for women at any time with department of Police officials.
  • Police officials should refer the women cases to Protection Officer and Service Providers. They will reduce the impact of violence through periodical counseling.
  • Women should become the empowered women through learn the legal rights and legal procedures. ADECOM give continuously leadership training and legal camp for women to equip themselves in society.7

Conclusion:

Women victims and members from women movements actively participated. Participants raised questions on violence against women to police officials directly. The programme was organized by members of ADECOM team and Kootukural Theater Moment with Police officials from all women police station Villianur. Above 50 participants participated and get aware on initiatives at the time of violence

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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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Gender Sensitization Workshop

Objective:

  • To give awareness about women decision making
  • To provide awareness about understanding of sex and gender
  • Discuss about cultural barriers to implement gender equalizing activities.
  • To provide awareness on gender equalizing practices such as parenting and house hold sharing.
  • To provide awareness about gender sensitization boys and youngsters.

Discussed content:4

  • In this patriarchal society never ever allowed women to take decision whether it is financial and non financial. Even if women go to job or became entrepreneurs her salary should enjoyed by the male member of her family. In this situation ADECOM Network motivate women for their financial decision through to involve collective decision making. At least women should involve the discussions with their spouse and make their interest to know about financial expense. So ADECOM Network give this sensitization to women and men for their mutual understanding.
  • People themselves assumed the sex only leads to gender. Due to natural actions in human body people creates the role and responsibility. So ADECOM Network tried to give the understanding about gender and sex.
  • Sensitized women mentally prepared to implement the gender equalizing activities at home but elder members in the family not allowed practicing that. So we have to steps forward with these barriers for brought gender equality.

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.

Programme of home visits to families affected by or at risk of violence

Objective of Home visit:

  • To identify domestic violence issue at grass root level.
  • To create awareness on PWDVA
  • To encourage women headed organization for their movements.
  • Motivate women to take individual decision at home level
  • Encourage women to take financial decision at home level

 

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Process of Home visit:

  • ADECOM Network discuss with its partners about its purpose of home visit. Then each partner gives their schedules on home visit after discus with village people.
  • Then ADECOM team goes to organization and conduct home visit. During the home visit, team explains to villagers at every home about domestic violence.
  • It also helps to people to overcome from their gender roles and discrimination.
  • Likewise, ADECOM Network did its home visit to all working districts.

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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Base line survey

Base line survey conducted for implements this project effectively at grass root level. The base line survey conducted from 10th – 25th of September 2016. The main objective of base line study is to find out the current statistical situation of working area, to monitor the activities at result based, to find out the new issues and solutions. This base line survey was conducted at following districts through above mentioned partners.

After the base line survey, entered its values in excel sheet to find out the results and for data analysis. This process really helped to introduce this project into the field. From that this project will get positive result at grass root level.

Experiences

This baseline survey provides useful huge information on violence against women at grass root level. This was a huge task to collect the baseline information from each district (70 villages in 7 districts). It gave quite interesting information which is good to measure the project results can be measure periodically. This survey was carried out NGO representatives with their field workers.  This base line survey is the emergence need to analyze the violence situation in each district. Women don’t aware on legal proceedings and remedies.

This is the right time to make awareness on Domestic Violence in villages. Women felt “domestic violence is their personnel problem how should third person interfere to solve that”. Some of the women felt “women should tolerate the domestic violence for their children’s education”. Men felt “family honor is only depend on women, if she is not right or don’t tolerate the violence the family honor getting spoiling”. Some of the men felt “making violence on women is the rights of husband, if he is not done that; he is not a man before society”.

Even though we are giving awareness on gender based violence in some of the districts were not aware much. This survey gave the different experience in field. Women were violated on the basis of poverty, physically challenges, insecurity, orphanage, vengeance of husband’s relations, illiteracy, etc. Non-Government Organization should help to women those who are more ignorance of family structure​

Advocates and protection officers also need to enhance their sensitive level on domestic cases. They also support to rebuild the family structure even the women in insecure circumstance. An order copies from court is not sufficient to survivors for their peaceful life unless it implemented. Grass root level field visit and continues counseling only give solution of domestic violence.

Challenges        

During the data collection firm to get answers from married men on domestic violence and house hold sharing.  They didn’t understand the purpose the data collection. Some of the men said, “Domestic violence is casual in village, for that why you bring this questionnaire?” men felt it the spontaneous process within the family so they don’t gave proper answers at the time of data collection.

Women getting fear to say their case studies with field worker. Problem will increase if any one neighbor shares this data collecting to their husband. Some of the women till not aware on legal remedies, so they hesitate to go make a complaint in station and in NGO’s also.

Time consumed to collect information from advocate and protection officers. They asked to field coordinators about the data collection purpose, aim and goal. So it takes time to clarify their doubts with Managing Trustee of ADECOM Network.

Very difficult to collect those data within limited budget. Phased difficulties for adopt the volunteers to help with field coordinators. Data entering process also little difficult to write each answers in the open type answering format.

Learning

  • It is the great opportunity to learn the 7 districts NGO partners on data collection strategies in the field through ADECOM.
  • New team members in ADECOM learned the data entering process through this project.
  • NGO partners learned some new causes of domestic violence, which is mentioned in the experience part.
  • Team learned some legal act and remedies to speak with public during data collection.
  • ADECOM team learned the team cooperation and collaboration with 7 NGO partners.

MAITRI Network /ADECOM Network and its Partners details…

ADECOM Network is a Social Volunteer Organization which strives for Women and Children empowerment since 25 years. Its acronym is Animate, Development, Employment and Communication. ADECOM Network strongly emphasizes the “Global UNiTE Women” that for efforts to end violence against women and girls towards Eradication of Violence against Women at different agenda every year.

Maitri Network is a National network for women to decrease violence against women. Maitri Network is given opportunity to ADECOM Network to conduct the 16days campaign at South India level from 2007.  As a consequence of campaign at South India Maitri Network assured to its support to ADECOM Network through home visit, community awareness, gender sensitization workshop and support to key personals of PWDVA 2005.

As per the support of Maitri Network, ADECOM Network supported to partners in various districts such as Thanjavur, Karaikal, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Pondicherry, Thiruvannamalai and Cuddalore districts. This combined report presented the activity report of those district activities through followed partners.

 

  1. Rural Youth Education Trust (RYET)is working for rural women and children education empowerment at Villupuram district. They are working for Domestic violence at grass root level. Ms. Rupadevi advocate is the Managing trustee of this Trust.

 

  1. Village Community Development Society (VCDS) working for village people development. They are giving awareness on violence against women at grass root level. Also they conduct tailoring courses for rural women at Villupuram Ms. Kowsalya is the Responsible person for this organization.

 

  1. People’s Association for Reconstruction Art and Intellectualism (PARAI) Trust working for women and children empowerment at Thiruvannamalai They are experts to conduct the street theatre performance on violence against women. Mr. Murugan is the managing trustee of PARAI Trust.

 

  1. Women Education Social Trust (WEST) working for empowerment women education. They are giving awareness on violence against women and girl child education at grass root levelat Karaikal Ms. Padmini is the managing trustee of WEST.

 

  1. Women Education Development Social Service (WEDSS) Trust is working for girl child education and violence against women at rural areas in Thanjavur Ms. Rajakumari is the managing trustee of this WEDSS organization.

 

  1. Social Voice Education Development (SVED) is working for women and children empowerment at Cuddalore They giving grass root level awareness and street theater performance on violence against women. Ms. Arokiyamari is the managing trustee of SVED.

 

  1. Dalit Women’s Development Society (DWDS) is working for Dalit women empowerment at rural areas of Kanjipuram They are giving awareness on domestic violence for women and men at their working region. Ms. Komala is the managing trustee of DWDS.

 

  1. Kootukkural Theatre Movement (KKK) is working for Dalit women and children empowerment at Pondicherry and Villupuramdisticts. They are experts to conduct the street theatre performance at grass root areas of Pondicherry and Villupuramdistrict. Mr. S. Perumal is the president of KKK.

Leadership training to volunteers

ADECOM Network and Kootukkural Theatre Movement jointly organized the leadership training to Volunteers on May 27th 2017 at Kootukkural Theatre Movement. That time Ms. Nandhini the project manager of ADECOM Network and Mr. Ejumalai the facilitator of Village Training Center gave the orientation of ADECOM’s vision and mission to youngsters. After that the group discussion occurred about village needs and amenities among participants.  Notice and note pad given for participants and motivated them.IMG_9256

Opening of ADECOM’s Rehabilitation center

ADECOM Network has been organized a great event on 23rd March for the sustainability of the women affected by the domestic violence in Pondicherry. Hon’ble chief minister was inaugurated the integrated service for the Women’s rehabilitation center for the first time in Pudhucherry.  ViIMG_4201ew of Honorable Chief Minister: The Honorable chief minister has been given a special speech on “Though the Government is putting a lot of efforts, still the non-governmental organization should give their support to reduce the domestic violence against Women. Chief Minister promised that the government would be fully cooperated to the women’s social and economic development. At last, he focused on ADECOM Network that they will give the protection and security for women. This center will be reviewed by the Puducherry government periodically.  The Honorable Chief Guest Mr. Neelagangadharan, Deputy Chairman of the Pudhucherry State,

Mr. M.N.R.Balan (Member of the Legislative Assembly, Uzhavarkarai, Mr.N.K.Perumal (Senior Lawyer) , The Patron Mrs.K.Shankari , Mrs. Daisy Rani, State President of “Annal Ambedkar Pengal Pagutharivu Iyyakkam