THP is committed to using its knowledge, expertise, skills and network for building a society that is violence free, holding gram panchayat elections which are violence free and ensure the unhindered participation of women in political, economic and social spheres.
In the process of Engendering governance, THP India continues to address issues of VAW through its existing programme interventions.
As part of the ‘16 days of Activism’ and in support of the OBR campaign, a concentrated effort by EWRs will be made to rise. It seeks to create an environment to urge the respective State governments and its machinery to Prevent, respond (take immediate steps to address cases of Violence) protect and fulfill its obligations in terms of addressing issues of Violence against Women. This period will also be used to mobilize their constituency to oppose and condemn violence against women at all levels. They will increase understanding of their constituencies on different forms of violence, victims and perpetrators, legislations, and recourse mechanisms. The central message in the campaign will focus on women’s right to a violence free society (both domestic and public domain).
The Hunger Project in partnership with 30 local NGOs across 7 states of India ie Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand is undertaking the 16 days of activism- VAW campaign. A collective show of strength facilitated by Elected Women Representatives mobilizing the public, members of Civil Society and government departments will give impetus to the 16 days of activism campaign marking the ONE BILLION RISING CAMPAIGN.
In Uttarakhand, padyatras, mobile van campaign and street plays will be carried out. From 25th November to 30th November, the EWRs will undertake Padyatras in Pithoragarh, Nainital and Almora. District level interfaces of elected women representatives with the media and other relevant stakeholders in the government will be undertaken.
In Bihar, a total of 100 film screenings have been planned at cluster level as part of creating awareness on VAW and its different manifestations with the community members. The film screenings will be held in Jehanabad, Madhubani, Rohtas, Nalanda (to name a few ) Districts. The films shown are also a part of the ongoing film festival ‘Our lives to Live.. No to Gender Violence ‘put together by IAWRT. On December 10th, a candle light march, led by EWRs to celebrate International Human Rights day will be taken out in Patna, followed by a gathering on 11th December.
In Madhya Pradesh, community mobilisation through discussion meetings, village meetings, petition to District Administration, district level press conferences ( to mobilise the media) ; marches to highlight different forms of violence such as political violence ( before and after elections) PWDVA and its important provisions, different grievance redress mechanisms, legal entitlements, malnutrition, child marriage, domestic violence, etc will be undertaken. IEC materials will also be distributed to raise awareness on the same.
In Tamil Nadu– Erode and Tirupur District- a white ribbon circle will be formed by EWRs and community members alike. The EWRs will use this medium as one of the numerous ways to highlight the campaign and the issue of VAW.
In Odisha, radio jingle on ending VAW is being developed and will be broadcasted for the 16 day period. The jingle will be broad casted prior to the regional news announcements.
In Karnataka, through street play theatre, mobile van campaigns, the issue of Child marriage and other forms of VAW will be taken up. Similarly in Rajasthan, issue of child marriage, sex selective abortion will be raised.
IEC material like posters, pamphlets, booklet are being developed to spread the message of the campaign. Through village level meetings, poster exhibitions, special Gram Sabhas, film screenings, mobile van campaigns, street plays, press conferences, radio jingles- awareness on VAW will be generated with the core message being that VAWcannot continue unabated and with impunity. It needs to stop now.