Dimapur, October 30: A state-level workshop on medico-legal care for survivors of sexual violence was organized by the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW)-Women Helpline (WHL) 181 Nagaland, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare on October 29 in the conference hall of the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima.
The workshop was moderated by GracyAyee, State Coordinator, SRCW. BanoVinito, chairperson, NSSWB gave the introduction, and stressed on the need for convergence of line departments to reach out to the target group, in this case, the survivors of sexual violence.
Dr Atoshe Sema, Additional Director, NHP and State Program Officer RCH, H&FW spoke on strengthening convergence with the health sector. He emphasized on the fact that departments cannot work in isolation when it comes to helping the survivors of sexual violence, and that more of such workshops should be conducted in future.
Topics covered in the technical session included ‘Introduction of schemes for protection of women, namely – the Women Helpline-181, Sakhi-One Stop Centre, BetiBachaoBetiPadhao, and the Mahila Shakti Kendra’; ‘Introduction of sexual violence and psycho social care for survivors’, ‘Health consequences and comprehensive health care response and medico legal examination for survivors’; ‘Legal obligations, medical examination and reporting’ and ‘Guiding principles for responding to groups: Interfacing with other agencies to give integrated services to survivors of sexual violence’.
Resource persons in the technical session included Meneno V., Research Officer, SRCW, Gracy Ayee, State Coordinator, SRCW, Dr. S Manyau Phom, Deputy Director, NHM, Vitsino Iralu, Legal Consultant, WHL and Lanurenla Imchen, Helpline Manager, WHL.
The workshop was attended by medical officers, GNM, and functionaries of the Sakhi-OSCs from the districts. The interactive session saw sharing of experiences from the group and brought about fruitful discussions on the various issues related to medico-legal care for survivors of sexual violence in the State.
Subsequently, on October 30, the State Resource Centre for Women and the Women Helpline-181, under the NSSWB organized another workshop at the NSSWB conference hall for the functionaries of the Sakhi-One Stop centres on legal mechanisms to handle gender-based violence. BanoVinito, chairperson, NSSWB gave the introduction, and the resource persons were GracyAyee, State Coordinator, Vitsino Iralu, legal consultant, WHL-181 and Lanurenla Imchen, Helpline Manager, WHL-181. (Page News Service)