GUWAHATI, Nov 27 - As the 16-day international campaign to stop gender-based violence is under way, activists involved in the field-level work for creating awareness on the issue feel the need of a stronger government intervention for resource mobilisation in this field.
From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, the ‘16 days of activism against gender-based violence’ campaign will highlight the need for resource mobilisation to prevent and end violence against women and create awareness in different levels of society, including the administration.
NGO North East Network (NEN), is undertaking awareness programmes as part of the campaign in four districts of the State – Kamrup, Darrang, Chirang and Golaghat. “During our field-level work carried out so far on the issue, we strongly feel the need to link gender campaign with the National Health Mission (NHM), considering the widespread health implications of gender-based violence. Other than causing overall health hazards for the victims, it can also lead to disability and death,” said Anurita P Hazarika, programme manager of NEN.
“Moreover, though we have the Domestic Violence Act and protection officers, necessary resources to prevent and end such violence are still lacking, without which proper implementation of the law is not possible,” she added.
Events highlighting the role of government and NGOs in mitigating violence against women are being organised by NEN.
“We have trained barefoot counsellors, who reach out to the community to create awareness on the issue in a more effective way. The counsellors do door-to-door mobilisation and also work on several cases of violence. The work started in April this year and we are presently covering four blocks in four districts,” she added.