Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, is starting a nationwide, month-long, community-led social campaign against “gender-based discrimination” in rural India, today. Through the social campaign, the ministry will reach out to rural women. The campaign will be undertaken through the self-help groups (SHGs) registered with the Government.
Briefing about the objectives and need for the campaign in New Delhi on Thursday, Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development said during a press meet, “Gender discrimination and violence against women has become more prevalent throughout time, particularly in the household. The effort aims to alter this viewpoint. Our goal is to increase awareness so that victims will first recognise the crime that was done against them, come forward, and ask for assistance.”
He continued by saying that in the family, women’s identities are frequently absorbed. Not only as a daughter, sister, wife, or sister-in-law but also as the woman she is, she must be identified. Even though we have numerous programmes geared at giving rural women more economic power, Sinha noted that this cannot truly occur without social empowerment.
There will be seminars on sexual violence and redressal methods, leadership development programmes, and informational workshops as part of the campaign across the country.
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