Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 25: The 16 day long observance of The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign and Orange Day celebrations to end violence against Women had begun in Thiruvananthapuram.
Organised by Subodham Project, the anti-violence campaign was kicked off by Chairman, Subodham and Minister for Excise, Shri K Babu, who also flagged off the Orange day Walkathon along with DGP Shri TP Senkumar and film actor Parvathy.
Addressing the gathering, the minister said the government’s latest liquor policy has triggered a 23% decline in the state’s absolute alcohol consumption. “This is a major stepping stone in curbing violence towards women under the influence of alcohol,” he said, stressing upon the significance of a campaign like Subodham. “The prevailing discrimination and oppressive attitude against women should change from within families and then societies.”
The Orange Day Walkathon, flagged off from Kanakakkunnu came to a close at Government Women’s college at Vazhuthacaud, where Ms. Parvathy addressed the students on the importance of gender dignity and gender equality. She echoed the clarion call made by UN Secretary General to ‘Break Silence’ against gender related atrocities and violence. “Our girls are conditioned to be silent towards sexist remarks, eve-teasing and sexual abuse,” said the actress who said she herself has been victim of sexual abuse during childhood, besides having had to face disparities of various kinds during her 10 years of film career. “But, we as individuals should break that mould and start to react and question strongly against discrimination and abuse in our day-to-day life. We should protest whenever we are made to feel—even in the slightest way—that we are inferior to men. ”
Dr.K.Ampady, Director Subodham and Shri Johnson.J.Edayaranmula, Honorary Consultant to Subodham, Principal, Govt. Women’s College Prof. J Sujatha also addressed the gathering.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Resolution 54/134) to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence and has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls.
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