Dignified life through strengthening the capacity of Women Leaders Stressed.
Mahila Adhikar Abhiyan (MAA) launched on Kasturaba Gandhi death anniversary
30000 women leaders will be empowered during the campaign
Bhubaneswar 22.02.2017: (By Anita Sahoo)-The work of women rights defenders (WRDs) is critical to challenging inequality, disrupting the status quo and promoting respect for human rights for all said Justice B.K. Mishra, Acting chairperson, Odisha Human Rights Commission while inaugurating the state level launching of Mahila Adhikar Abhiyan(MAA) at Jayadev Bhawan,Bhubaneswar. The chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Women Dr Lopamudra Buxipatra said due to their ignorance about their rights and laws for protection, many women continue as suffering victims. Even some dare to file cases, they are discriminated in availing their due justice and compensations, hence women rights activists role is very much important to be voice for the voiceless. women in rural and urban Odisha often face different forms ofgender based violence before birth to death like female foeticide, domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, honour crimes, trafficking in women and adolescent girls, forced sterilization, forced abortion, forced prostitution, dowry practice and so on said chairperson of State social welfare board Latika Pradhan as chief speaker. She stressed massive sensitization program at all level to minimize the incidents. Eminent Gandhian Krishna Mohanty putting her concern on increasing the violence against women day by day, she cited the example of Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave, who had worked remarkable for holistic empowerment of women. Ramadevi and Malatidevi like women leaders should come forward to emancipate from the ugly system she added. Initially the convenor of the campaign well known human rights activist Manoj Jena briefed about the vision and objectives of the program. He told the main objectives of the campaign are to reduce all forms of violence against women, create mass awareness on gender based violence, empowered the women rights defenders with basic legal knowledge, access them to grievance redressal institutions, impart knowledge on procedure of counseling and amicable settlement, building a statewide network, educate on fact finding, monitoring and intervention of a case, strengthening the role of women in decision making and grassroot democratic process, support protection to anti liquor movement leaders and impart knowledge on digitalization procedure of complaint submission and safe banking transaction. The meeting was presided by the chairperson of MAA Namrata Chadha and welcomed by the vice chairperson Dr Rina Routray. The eminent guests who spoke are the principal secretary of rual development department, Govt. of Odisha Madhu Sudan Padhi, Director of social security and persons with disabilities deptt., Govt. of Odisha Mansi Nimbhal. A women centric drama Ujale Ke Ore presented by Krantidwani, the group had been received national youth award this year. Nearly five hundreds delegates from all thirty districts of the state attended the program.