16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
A session on Laws and Rights related to women was arranged by Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur in association with Stree Mukti Sangathan for the mothers of students studying in a school at Chembur, Mumbai. The resource person Ms. Rajashree Damle enlightened the participants on the various issues faced by women and the prospective solutions and guidelines to tackle them through law. There was active interaction and participation from 150 mothers who attended the session.
A similar session with Women Development Cell of Mahatma Education Society – Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur and Stree Mukti Sangathana, Chembur, Mumbai was organized on ‘Women’s Laws in India’ on 19th December, 2019. The resource person for this awareness campaign was Advocate Rajashri Damle. She oriented them with the principle of gender equality which is enshrined in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. She emphasised that the Constitution not only grants equality to women, but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favour of women.It was a very informative and interactive session which ended on a positive note of holding such more sessions on ‘Women’s Laws’ for women empowerment.
A series of awareness sessions in association with PCER and DPGA Panvel were held by President Yvette Lee for varied women groups covering issues of domestic violence and the Domestic Violence Act in India, gender roles and the patriarchal mindset and “How to break the cycle”. The sessions helped spread awareness and educate women from varying population – educated and semi literate women.
Soroptimist International Bombay – Chembur in collaboration with Women Development Cell of Pillai HOC College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Rasayani observed UN 16 Days of Gender Activism with an objective to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at a local and regional level.
The movie Period- End of a Sentence was screened for the students. It displayed varied representation of civil society in the rural section of Hapur in the outskirts of Delhi, India.
Ms. Jarvis Varghese was the chief guest for the event. A total of 142 students attended the session. Soroptimist and Principal, Dr. Lata K. Menon organized the event.
The panel discussion which followed the movie witnessed an engaged, vocal, inquisitive audience who interacted quite instinctively with the panelists about their opinions and views.