A block level gender campaign-ending gender based violence; Nayi Chetna 2.0 was launched in Mawkyrwat today.
The programme was organised by the office of the Block Mission Management Unit
Block Development Officer I. Lawrniang in his address emphasised that gender equality begins at home and within the family. He stressed on the importance of treating men and women equally in society to prevent any discrimination or oppression rooted in gender differences.
Lawriniang also highlighted the significance of educating and disseminating knowledge about gender-based violence within families, communities, and workplaces.
He noted instances where unintentional words have caused offenses, impacting individuals and families and said there is a crucial need for collective understanding regarding appropriate actions to prevent any undesired reactions that could lead to animosity or violence. He also urged parents to impart education and instil positive habits and behaviours in children, guiding them towards the right path in life.
Chief Legal Aid Defence Counsel, District Legal Services Authority Nosmi Hahshah highlighted incidences of violence against women and children and said such crimes originates within families, encompassing physical, domestic, economic, and emotional abuse.
She emphasised the significance of the protection of women spoke about the Domestic Violence Act, which safeguards women from various forms of abuse within their homes. She also elaborated on Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code which provides for the maintenance to the wife and children.
Hashah informed about the role of the District Legal Services Authority in aiding and supporting women who might be unaware of how to report incidents of domestic violence and about the one stop centre.
She further urged victims of sexual harassment to not hesitate in coming forward to file complaints when faced with such harassments.
District Child Protection Officer T. Kyndiah discussed the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 while Clinical Psychologist A.Lyngkhoi delved into the root causes of gender-based violence and highlighted its lasting impact on the mental health of victims and Officer-in-Charge of Mawkyrwat Police Station J. B. Tongwah spoke on online gender-based violence.
Secretary of the Mawlongoid Village Organization (VO), S. Sohshang shared the initiatives and measures taken up by the organisation to combat gender-based violence.
During the programme, certificate for the best VO was presented to Tbehjingshai VO and a certificate of appreciation was also presented to Sngurlin Kharjahrin of Phemawlien VO for her outstanding contribution and performance as community gender and health activist, the Children’s Group- Syntiewbarit SHG, Jyngkyrmen SHG and Myntri of Sakwang Village, Shiningstar Kharjahrin.
The programme was attended by the members of Cluster Level Federation (CLF), members of VOs, community gender and health activist and SHGs.