14th February 2015
As part of the One Billion Rising (OBR) global campaign that calls for action to end Violence Against Women & Girls (VAW), the North East Network (NEN) Nagaland with Young Indians of Patkai Christian College (PCC) organised a rising event on the theme ‘Revolution for Love, Peace & Equality’ at Bundrock Chapal Hall, PCC Chumukedima. This event is an effort to raise local awareness on a global issue, and extend solidarity to women and men who are part of the OBR campaign in ending VAW. Around 300 young people attended the event.
Bold, colourful and varied performances by talented young musicians and dance crews from PCC campus, Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung marked the event. Addressing the youths, Ms. Ela, Director Prodigals Home, Dimapur challenged all ‘Young Men to respect Women and the Young Women to be aware of their rights and confidently assert their rights’, she also urged all the participants to break the silence, raise their voice and act to end VAW. Ms. Seno Tsuhah, NEN, in her note of ‘call to action’ pointed that ‘we are humans before we are Christians, Muslims, Hindus. We are humans before we are rich or poor. We are humans before we are a man or a woman. And as humans, we All have a right to love, peace and equality’. Stating that ‘real women and men do not fear equality and peace’ she challenged all women and men to rise up and say no to VAW, and to be the change they want to see.
Concluding with the Signature campaign where all participants signed their names pledging to ‘Break the silence and Join the Campaign in ending Violence against Women & Girls’.