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Friday, November 16, 2012

NOV 25-DEC 10 Drive against gender violence, soon in city


Mumbai: According to a 2003 report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (now UN Women), one in three women around the world would have suffered some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime—be it psychological, sexual or physical. It is to focus attention to this problem that the international body, Center for Women's Global 
Leadership, launched an initiative in 1991 called '16 Days of Activation Against Gender Violence Campaign'. Day 1, on November 25, coincides with International Day Against Violence Against Women, and Day 16, on December 10 falls on International Human Rights Day. 
    In Mumbai, the 16-day campaign has been taken up by Dharavi-based non-profit SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) 
which has named the outreach as 'Breaking the Silence On Violence'. The organization has put together a programme that takes the message across the city via art, theatre, workshops and discussions. 
    Dr Nayreen Daruwalla, director of the programme on Prevention of Violence against Women and Children, says her centre has handled 2,848 cases of gender-based violence between 2000 and 2012 and about 80% of those are related to domestic violence. According to the National FamilyHealth Survey (NFHS 3, 2005-2006), a quarter of all women living in Mumbai slums had experienced some form of abuse, most often perpetrated by their husbands. 
    However, the taboo associated with speaking out about abuse is gradually fading, an indication being the rise in the number of women who have approached SNEHA seeking help— from 78 in 2001 to over 500 in 2011. For details on the campaign visit www.snehamumbai.org 

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