Mangaluru, Oct 1: Violence against women is perhaps the most disgraceful human rights violation and probably the most prevalent one. To stop violence against women is a responsibility of everyone. To further educate their students on this very delicate matter, Manipal school, Attavar organized an awareness session on ‘DHEERA – No to Violence against Women’, for the students of Grade X on September 24.
DHEERA is a campaign initiated by Dr Shantha Kumari, president – FOGSI - The Federation of Obstetrics & Gynecological Societies of India, to stop violence against women (VAW). This session was presented by Rathna Pinto and Diana Pinto, trained facilitators and volunteers at SUSHEG Lifeline (an organization that helps people in distress).
The session that aimed at understanding the impact of VAW was attended by nearly 100 participants including Anuradha Shivaram, principal, Manipal School. Students were briefed on the different types of violence and what one must do as a survivor or as a by-stander. They also learnt about the various safety apps and helpline numbers.
The programme was very interactive as students were able to directly interact with Rathna Pinto and Diana Pinto and have a comprehensive understanding of safety of women.
Shikha Bhandary, student – grade X said, “It is wonderful how I got to know more about the topic we have all been hearing or talking about. I knew there were laws and actions earlier, but it is really amazing to know how the point of view on violence against women is slowly changing. Organisations like FOGSI has been doing a great job in educating people on this sensitive matter. With more such awareness session for the youth I believe the world will be a safer place for women in future.”
“The DHEERA session gave us awareness about the different kinds of violence that have been directed at women across the world and specially in our country. It gave us an insight on the different ways to deal with situations when you are a victim of violence and how to tackle the perpetrators as a bystander. The session was very informative and educated us on gender discrimination and biases. It is important to have more of such awareness programme to keep one safe and also to contribute to the safety of others,” said Rishabh MG, student of grade X.
The programme which was anchored by Tanvi of grade X B concluded with a vote of thanks being delivered by Kedar Raj of grade X A.