Ending violence against women

The British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata, organised a workshop on ‘Combating violence against women and girls through legal sensitisation and capacity building’

The '16 Days of Activism' is marked globally from November 25 – December 10, to end violence against women.

The British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata organised a two-day workshop on 'Combating Violence against Women and Girls through Legal Sensitisation and Capacity Building' on November 25 and 26 in collaboration with local NGO, Athmik.

The event witnessed the participation of 110 women and girls from across the North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly districts of West Bengal, along with NGO coordinators and civil society activists and interacted with lawyers, advocates, academics and representatives from the State Legal Aid Services.

The workshop included infotainment activities like a play and a ventriloquism puppet show.

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, Nick Low, reiterated the UK's commitment to combatting all violence against women and girls saying: "There is violence against women and children in the UK. In so many cases carried out by those who have witnessed violence at home as children or have themselves been abused as children. Children grow up thinking violence is normal. It is not. We have to break this cycle of abuse."

To mark the 'International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women', the British Deputy High Commission Kolkata organised a panel discussion on 'How to Eliminate Violence against Women?' on the first day. The panellists included speakers like Paramita Chowdhury, Head, Higher Education and Society, British Council; Chandreyi Alam, Advocate; Professor Souvik Chatterjee, HoD, JIS Law School; Anindita Tamta, Founder, Parivaar NGO and Moupia Nandy, television journalist and anchor, 24 Ghanta TV news channel.

70 women from different districts of West Bengal participated in the event, and many of them shared their stories of fighting domestic violence in a free and open interactive session.

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