Jamshedpur, Dec 6: XLRI Jamshedpur in association with OXFAM India convened an interactive session on “Violence against Women” at its campus.
The session intended to create an awareness of violence against women at homes, as well as generate awareness on laws pertaining to women with specific focus on PWDVA 2005 (Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act).
The session was organized by XLRI’s Committee against Sexual Harassment at TMDC Auditorium on Saturday Addressing the seminar, Dr. SmituMalhotra, Chairperson, CASH, XLRI said that while many may not be facing violence-related issues in their own lives, the primary objective of the session is to create an understanding of this amongst every individual so that they are better equipped to assist those who may be facing such issues, for example, domestic help, among others”.
She said that women in India face many forms of violence. They experience violence within their homes and at public places. Evidence shows that 70 per cent of women and girls face some form of violence in their lifetime. Even more shocking is that between 5 to 7 out of 10 women and men believe it is fine if a man hits his wife when she fails to do her domestic duties.
“Unfortunately domestic violence is seen as a societal problem which is not the case. It is a problem of the violation of rights of women. The domestic violence against women remains unexplored due to stigma and therefore the victims suffer in silence,” added Dr. Malhotra.
The session is part of the 16 days of Activism (during November 25 to December 10, 2014) of a global campaign on ending violence against women.
The ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence’ is a global campaign that started on 25 November, i.e. International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and will continue till 10 December, Human Rights Day.
The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels.
OXFAM India works in the areas of Economic Justice, Essential Services, Gender Justice and Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).