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 & Capacity building for key personals

Introduction:

This sensitisation programme was conducted on 18.03.2017 at Sozhatharam village in Cuddalore district. This programme was conducted by the Social Voice of Education Development trust at Cuddalore districts. 76 women and youngsters participated and cooperate with programme.

Objective of Sensitization:

  • Create gender sensitization to women and youngsters.
  • To discuss the domestic violence issue to Police officials and advocates.
  • Create awareness on emergence of taking initiatives for domestic violence.
  • Discuss about gender disparity activities followed by family member within home level.

Resource Persons from…

  • K. Pazhanisamy, ex MLA,
  • P. Kurinjivalavan, Rose organization,
  • M. Porselvi, Counselling member of All Women Police Station.
  • S. Balaguru, advocate,
  • J. Thara, Annai Indira Gandhi social service trust

Discussed Content of Above Resource Persons:

  • Gender disparity activities within family level
  • Rights of women in the society
  • Protection laws of Women

Gender disparity activities within family level:

Parents plays the pivot role to follow the gender roles within family level. Children grown up with strict roles and responsibility in the family by parents. So they also followed such things in their life and applied into society. Parents should treat their children without any gender discrimination – Porselvi, Counselling member of All Women Police Station.

Rights of women in the society

United Nations announced the Women’s rights are known the fundamental human rights. The women rights also included the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. We people not followed those rights due to our patriarchal society. We should change our society by our behavioural change – Kurinji Valavan, Social activists.

Protection laws of Women

We have many women protective acts and laws such as Sexual Harassment act, Dowry act, Child Marriage act, Domestic Violence act, etc., Awareness level of those acts is very low among people. Legal knowledge plays important role to protect women themselves. Protection officers, advocates, polices are working for women protection. So we people should increase our knowledge on those acts – Balaguru, Advocate.

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

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

Awareness on PWDVA to ANM

Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) plays the pivot role to decrease the domestic violence at grass root level. They played as a strong bridge between community and people. To strengthen their service in field ADECOM Network organized the gender sensitization conference with valuable resource persons on 21.01.2017 at Champer of Commerce in Pondicherry.

  • T. Sivakumar, Assistant director of Filed publicity office, Pondicherry, Central government – Open discussion on gender equalizing activities in society & role of ANM to decrease domestic violence.
  • E. Pramila Tamizhvanan, Nation awarder, WHO – trainer, Chief nursing officer, Annai Therasa Post Graduate & Research Institute -Awareness on Work place harassment
  • Indira Krishnamoorthi, Assistant Professor of School of law in SRM University – Awareness of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence act, (2005 & legal doubts and clarification of ANMIMG_8703 (2)

Capacity Building on Effective Communication

ADECOM Network organized the intensive training to civil society organizations 20th January 2017. This training for organized for strengthen their communication and reporting system.

Partners were actively participated and raised their experience and works in field.  Every partners worked out their evening home works sincerely with team. They individually participated in presentations regards training Partners voluntarily told weakens of communication and get solutions from training. It gives very new experience to partners to learn much useful information.

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Awareness on violence against women and Children with observation of HIV/AIDS day at Kerala

This year DWAN made arrangement in advance to the program.  On 8th October 2016, Saturday a State level planning meeting was organized at DAWN Mavady in Andrew Cottage in Mavady. There twelve people from 10 organizations participated on the meeting. DAWN President Mr.Jose.M.J. has chaired the meeting. Mrs.Asha Thankappan has greeted welcome to the meeting.photos

  1. This year Kerala State Team will concentrated on the issue of HIV/AIDS in Kerala State.
  2. The meeting decided to conducted the meeting on 1st December 2016.
  3. Planning meeting decided to conduct the program Kodumon in Pathanamthitta District.
  4. Meeting decided to invite Pathanamthitta District Collector, Sri.Chittyam Gopakumar. M.L..A.,Smt.Kunjannama Kunju (Kodumon Grama Panchayath  President),  P.K.Radha. etc to the programme as resource persons.
  5. More over Ranni M.L.A.Raju Abraham also to be invite.
  6. It is decided to honor the senior fellows and social workers who were the pioneers in this field.
  7. Two programme fixed. One HIV/AIDS Day observation and Human rights Day observance.
  8. The committee decided to approve Twenty Seven Thousand Rupees as budget for the programme.
  9. Mycle.S.( Secretary, DAWN) and Miss. Asha Thankappan (Voice Kerala) as elected as the co-ordinators of this meeting.

Program Notice of the Program

Two side double folder 1000 notice has printed and circulated among the N.G.O.’s and women’s movement.   Notice posted through the Postal Service and courier service etc. More than that , notice were published though the modern medias like the face book and Watsapp.

Program started with registration. Total 20 persons attended from various N.G.Os from Kerala. The meeting started with Human Rights Songs.  DAWN secretary  Mrs.Mycle.S greetd welcome to all. She describes the importance of Human Rights Days. Especially in Kollam District, there were two lock-up attack was occurred to three Dalit youth very recently. On that case the directions of Supreme Court was not maintained in those arrest.  Three of the Dalit youth are brutally attacked by the Police in the Police lockup. Police attack them under custody. When we discussing on Human Rights, then Dalit atrocities are arise in Kundra and  Kochalummood Police station. So, this year when we observe the Human rights day, we should give importance to the violation   of Dalit Human Rights in the Police Station. She welcomed all and one on behalf of DAWN to this concluding meeting.photos

After the presentation, everybody has actively participated on discussions. Many of them shared their experience with many kind violations human rights. They are not aware that it was a violation of Human Rights.  Women are share many kinds of atrocities towards them.

Awareness on women issues throw van campaign at Karaikal

A  colorful street play event was conducted at Karaikal district on 29th November 2016. Van campaign held at two villages namely Varrichakudi and Poovam. Campaign aim is to create awareness of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. It was jointly organized by ADECOM network and Women Education Social Trust to achieve a good result through the event.

  • 3 women and one man occupied the stage; the performance provide much interesting and informative.
  • They given law related information (PWDVA Act 2005) through dialogues. The story of the drama is, a woman who is facing violence every day by her drunken husband, she was violated physically and mentally by him.
  • Once she shared her problem with her friend, she is taking the sufferer to a woman who has the knowledge about PWDVA.
  • She simply explains act through dialogues. By that she was getting solution for her problems.
  • Through structured screenplay and dialogue they made people to understand about the PWDVA.
  • In between songs and dance that explains women significance was performed.karaikal

WEST team with their cultural team organized this successful van campaign. Welcome address given by the head of WEST Ms. Padmini. At the end of first play ADECOM Network Project Manager Ms. Nandhini expressed her views on gender equality and domestic violence. With simple dialogues and collegial language the artists of play educated the people about the PWDA Act and the concept of drama will understand by the people.

A colorful street play event was conducted at Karaikal district on 29th November 2016. Van campaign held at two villages namely Varrichakudi and Poovam. Campaign aim is to create awareness of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. It was jointly organized by ADECOM network and Women Education Social Trust to achieve a good result through the event.

  • 3 women and one man occupied the stage; the performance provide much interesting and informative.
  • They given law related information (PWDVA Act 2005) through dialogues. The story of the drama is, a woman who is facing violence every day by her drunken husband, she was violated physically and mentally by him.
  • Once she shared her problem with her friend, she is taking the sufferer to a woman who has the knowledge about PWDVA.
  • She simply explains act through dialogues. By that she was getting solution for her problems.
  • Through structured screenplay and dialogue they made people to understand about the PWDVA.
  • In between songs and dance that explains women significance was performed.

WEST team with their cultural team organized this successful van campaign. Welcome address given by the head of WEST Ms. Padmini. At the end of first play ADECOM Network Project Manager Ms. Nandhini expressed her views on gender equality and domestic violence. With simple dialogues and collegial language the artists of play educated the people about the PWDVA Act and the concept of drama will understand by the people.

Women empowerment on Education at karnataka State

Chiguru Trust working for women empowerment in Karnataka state. Meetings, workshops and public programme conducted at village level and state level for empowerment of women.

In this regard, ADECOM Network had given the opportunity to Chiguru to conduct campaign on Violence against Women (VAW). Chiguru conducted the Empowerment of Girl Child Education conference on 27th of November in KGF (Kolar Gold Field) at Karnataka.

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The meeting was welcomed by Managing Trustee of Chiguru Trust Ms. Prabavathi with her team. This conference session was opened by the social activist Mr. Charles Finney. Then this session was continued by given presidential speech by the Managing Trustee of ADECOM Network     Ms. P. Lalidamballe. The gender equality ideas shared by the Project Manager of ADECOM Network Ms. V. Nandhini and this conference was successfully ended by given valedictory speech by the team member of Chiguru Trust Ms. Vennila. This conference organized by the ADECOM Network and team members of Chiguru trust with 42 women and girls. Press people covered this conference and assured to release an article in Karnataka. Participants actively participated. Express their views on violence against women and gender equality.

  • Women have all empowerment, braveness and boldness in the society to handle any situation. Our patriarchy system and traditional values only restrict to practice it.
  • Women should come forward to show their talents and their potential in front of society. Then only we can achieve the women empowerment.
  • From long years ago, there is no way to express the women issue into society. Now a day’s media help to women to explore their problems and issues. So women should enhance their knowledge on society.
  • Parents should give more importance to their girl child education. It only the powerful tool to reduce the violence against women.
  • In Karnataka state have high number of child abuse and very low sex ratio than other states. People should cooperate to change this dangerous situation. Through creating awareness on education and girl child birth we can change this society.
  • The root cause of violence against women is start from gender disparity activity at home and community level. So parents should treat their children without any gender discrimination.