Press Communique

Awareness campaign on International Women’s Day

Friday, March 9, 2018

New Delhi, 8th March: International Women’s Day is commemorated across the world in order to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Women tend to face higher rates of violence because of discrimination on the basis of gender which renders them among the most powerless members of society. Women who face discrimination based on both race and gender are doubly at risk of violence. Unfortunately, in some societies, gender-based violence may be perceived as ‘justified’ by racial, national, cultural or religious traditions; further, the states’ reluctance to remedy the situation can pose greater problems for women.
With this in mind, an awareness campaign was organised by Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and the National Coalition on Gender and Race Issues to celebrate women’s movement’s struggles for equality, justice, and peace across almost all countries of the world.

The campaign took place at the India Gate to sensitize people regarding the issues of women's rights and to raise awareness on the current status of women in our society. The purpose of the event was to spread knowledge on the ongoing violence and to provide space for women to take lead in gender-sensitive peace and security advocacy efforts. It was an opportunity to stand in solidarity for all those fearless women standing up for gender equality, and spotlight those who often pass unnoticed.

Along with this, letters were sent to Ms Maneka Gandhi, The Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Women and Child Development and to all the chairpersons of State Women Commissions of all the eight states in the northeast of India as well as Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and DELHI-NCR where the rate of crime against Women is high on the rise. The purpose was so as to call upon the government of India to adopt the National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security which envisions a safe and secure environment for our women, children, and the progress of the country.

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