One Billion Rising in Valley

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Durdana Bhat

SRINAGAR

A participant during One Billion Rising event in Srinagar. Photo: Durdana Bhat

A participant during One Billion Rising event in Srinagar. Photo: Durdana Bhat

Kashmir joined the International campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ Sunday aimed at raising voice against discrimination and injustices suffered by women in all walks of life and strongly condemning the same.

The campaign aims rise of one billion people across  the world to stand up against the violence suffered by women across the globe.

To observe the event, a creative display of painting and writing was organised in the lawns of Pirzoo Island Srinagar.

Khemlata Wokhlu, Chairperson Social Welfare Board visited the event and encouraged the participating youth and the organizers. She emphasized on the role of youth in catalyzing a positive change in the society — by raising their voice against discrimination and injustice — which women suffer, everyday.

“We need to change in real sense and that is possible only when youth are emancipated and women empowered,” she says on the occasion.

She also encouraged the girl participants by quoting anecdotes from her life and told them how to act when deviants would taunt and tease them.

The campaign is set to mobilize hundreds of thousands of women, men and children across the world who are one with the struggle to uphold, respect and assert women’s rights.

The event was joined by impressive number of  youth who expressed their concern about women’s issues by writing their stories of discrimination and injustice, by sketching on the theme of “violence against women”.

Some participants also related their stories of struggle whereas few others  compiled and read their poetry dedicated to women. Ahmer Khan, a vocalist also presented his songs in the event.

In the event various themes were discussed about breaking the silence in wake of discrimination–not associating taboos with dressing and attitude of women, not believing in heresay and discussing various forms of violence against women be it female foeticide, domestic violence, dowry, sexual harassment or acid attacks.

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