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Violence against women constitutes large share of human rights violations: K Mhathung Tsanglao

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DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 25: Joint Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Secretary, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, K Mhathung Tsanglao today said that rising number of crimes against women could be due to the type of violence deeply rooted in the social, cultural and structural norms and values in the society that are often perpetuated by the culture of denial and silence and that men’s agreement with the patriarchal society and hostile attitudes are also the causes.
Delivering the keynote address in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on the theme, “Unite! Activism to End Violence against Women and Girls”, at Kohima, Tsanglao noted that aggressive and violence supportive behaviour among men is not called out in certain societies due to which it is considered okay for men to be violent towards their partner.
He also added that apart from gender normative behaviours that lead to crime against women, low socio economic status, poverty and unemployment have also been identified as causes of hate crime against women and girls.
Alcohol, substance abuse and personality traits are also contributing factors, he added.
Tsanglao pointed out that violence against women constitutes a large share of human rights violations and is perpetuated by the power imbalances between men and women and that it affects women’s health and stops them from effectively executing the social roles, which in turn results in loss of opportunities.
He said that violence against women is prevalent among all socio economic structures of society, and further highlighted the importance of the fundamental rights and duties, Directive Principles of State Policy that seek to secure equality for men and women and the right to adequate means of livelihood, equal pay for equal work, equal justice and free legal aid, and also that India has been a signatory to various international treaties that promote and protect women’s rights.
He urged the participants to be sensitized with the laws, schemes and programmes on women provided by the Government to protect and empower women.
The Joint Secretary further stated that the idea to promote the elimination of violence against women is to give a more dignified meaning of life to women; that it is to promote gender equality, which is not only a fundamental right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, and that it is a part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals that is to be achieved by 2030.
He further noted that violence against women is a global pandemic and that ending violence is not about protest and social unrest, but that it is about harmonious existence of the genders and that this can be achieved through a change in the mindset of the perpetrators who are usually identified as men.
He said that the men need to be sensitized and the women need to be empowered.
“We need a balanced approach so that the empowerment of women should also not lead to a deviation of men from the society but work together in harmonious and balanced approach,” he said.
He also encouraged the participants to let the children be aware that violence towards women is never okay and that one should teach their children about gender equality and positive attitudes toward women and girls and that it is also upon the parents to become role models for their children.
On the occasion, Juliana Medom, Supervisor, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), in her opening remark highlighted the significance of the day by stating that in the year 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25th November as the day to observe International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, and that it also marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, culminating on Human Rights Day which falls on 10th December.
She further pointed out that health, nutrition, education and economic development of a country cannot progress without addressing women empowerment, and women empowerment cannot happen without addressing Gender Based Violence, and that elimination of violence against women will not happen overnight nor after the 16 days of activism, but that it is through awareness that we can amplify the voices of women affected by violence. She urged everyone to be part of the solution and not the problem.
Zakato Chishi, Legal Consultant, 181 Women Helpline Nagaland, sensitized the participants on the “Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013”, after which a question hour was opened to the participants.
Following this, a video was screened on various schemes, programmes and services that are available under the Department of Social Welfare. The programme was chaired by Venedulu Vero, Research Officer, Social Welfare and came to a successful close with a vote of thanks proposed by Rokokhrielie Senuo, Programme Officer, State Child Protection Society (SCPS), Mission Vatsalya.
Participants included various stakeholders under the Social Welfare Department, including the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, State Hub for Empowerment of Women, the 181-Women Helpline, Sakhi-One Stop Centre, Kohima, Child Care Institutes, Juvenile Justice Board, Swadhar Greh, State Child Protection Society, Mission Vatsalya and various NGOs.
It may be mentioned that any woman facing violence or anyone on her behalf may seek help at the Women Helpline (Dial 181/ 9485239098) or Sakhi-One Stop Centres which are set up in 11 districts of the State.
(Page News Service)