Nationwide campaign to prevent violence against women and children launched
merisarkar news service.
New Delhi, October 02, 2009
The union government is launching a nationwide campaign for prevention of violence against women and children. The campaign is launched on the occasion of birth anniversary of the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of peace and non – violence. It is aimed at generating greater awareness on the issue.
Minister of women and child development Krishna Tirath said, “Women empowerment and welfare is a high priority for the Government.”
Women constitute more that 48% of the population and are acknowledged as the very foundation for the development of the society and the country.
However, the government thinks that the issues concerning them, and more importantly, the abuse of their rights, remains often neglected.
In fact, the incidence of violence against women within the home and outside is quite alarming.
Smt Krishna Tirath said, “There is a need to bring to center stage the issue of promoting non-violence and preventing all forms of abuse and violence against women in our society through mass awareness programmes.”
The Ministry is organizing a meet of more than 5000 Anganwadi workers at the India Gate Lawns on 2nd October.
The campaign begins with selecting 25 best performing trained and elected women panchayat leaders from 14 States. They have been meticulously selected to launch campaign against violence in their respective areas.
State Social Welfare Boards, National and State Commissions for Women, 100 Gender Resource Centres will also take part in the campaign.