The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence was observed internationally from 25th November on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concluded on 10th December during the International Human Rights Day to signify that Women Rights are Human Rights.
In observance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, North East Network (NEN) Nagaland in collaboration with Family Planning Association India (FPAI) Nagaland Branch and SEWA Kohima organised a seminar on “Women Reproductive Health and Rights” on 8th December, 2020. This seminar was organised to create awareness on issue surrounding Women Reproductive Health and Rights and to identify such health concerns and, assist them in seeking the help they need.
Concerns like reproductive Rights of Women – the rights of individuals to make decisions and have control over their reproductive health, need wider awareness for both men and women.
NEN in collaboration with Chizami Sport Association (CSA) organised a cross country race with community members of Chizami, Enhulumi and Sumi on 3rd December, 2020. This event saw a gathering of 73 young participants in the solidarity run to campaign for “End Violence Against Women”.
As the 16 Days of activism against Gender Based Violence, 2020 concluded on 10th December, 2020 which is also the International Human Rights Day. NEN Nagaland in collaboration with Chizami Town Women Welfare Society, Sumi Women Society and Chizami Women Society held a Public Awareness Campaign at Chizami Village under the theme “Reimagining a World without Gender-Based Violence”. The auspicious occasion saw a gathering of 104 participants ranging from men, women, women collectives and community leaders.
Setting the context of the 16 days VAW campaign and International Human Rights Day, Seno Tsuhah NEN noted that, ‘to build a world free from gender-based violence, it must start from home. This is where we must learn the universal human rights values of fairness, equality, justice, dignity and respect’. She further highlighted that COVID pandemic has disrupted all aspects of lives and livelihoods and women especially are affected the most. She added, reports suggest that domestic violence have increased five times during this pandemic. Calling on the need to eliminate violence against women, she asserted ‘VAW isn’t just a women’s problem but a community problem and therefore we need the concerted efforts of diversestakeholders to address the problem’.
The programme concluded with a football match between members of Chizami Town Women Welfare Society, Chizami Women Society, Sumi Women Society and NEN staffs at Chizami Local Ground. And a Volley ball match between NEN staffs and 14 Assam Rifle Chizami.
An “OPEN POSTER DRAWING COMPETITION” with the theme “REIMAGING A WORLD WITHOUT GENDER BASED VIOLENCE” was launched as well.
A total of 31 participants from Chizami, Phek, Pfutsero, and Kohima took part in the Poster Drawing Competition; 10 participants from Chizami, 7 from Pfutsero, 10 from Phek and 4 participants from Kohima.
Open Poster Drawing Competition: “REIMAGING A WORLD WITHOUT GENDER BASED VIOLENCE”.