Bhubaneswar, Dec 3:
Around 60 women activists of Balianta and Bhubaneswar blocks belonging to Alibha Women’s Federation and various Self Help Groups (SHGs) on Tuesday sought the help of State Women’s Commission (SCW) in stopping sale and consume of liquors in their respective areas in order to ensure the safety of women and social harmony.
Participating in a workshop on ‘Violence against Women’ to mark the International Campaign Fortnight to Combat Violence against Women organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) here, the participants decried rued the fact that the various laws formulated by the Union and State Governments have largely remained confined to pen and paper.
They urged SCW chairperson Lopamudra Bauxipatra, who was present in the meeting, to lay greater emphasis on public awareness and urged women activists to avail of the opportunities in dealing with women atrocities.
“Undoubtedly, to work in remote areas as woman a activist is a challenging task. Hence, the Government is taking various proactive measures to check crimes against women. I appeal to all stakeholders to work unitedly to put an end to atrocities against women,” said Bauxipatra.
Namrata Chadha, former SCW member, urged the women activists working in remote areas to be in touch with State level women’s organizations and SCW members at regular intervals for prompt action on any women related issues.
Anuradha Mohanty, executive director of PECUC also spoke on the occasion.
PECUC, a leading voluntary organization in Odisha working for the rights of the underprivileged including women, is organizing the violence against women (VAW) campaign which will continue till December 10.