Ahimsa messenger to combat gender violence

The Centre on Saturday launched Ahimsa messenger programme to combat violence against women and children.

The programme targets both men and women, including youths, to address and eliminate all forms of violence against women and children at grassroots and facilitate social/community mobilisation to fight social evils.

Ahimsa Messengers would also serve as link workers in case of any violence and also facilitate the women to approach the concerned authorities in case of incidences of violence for suitable redressal and follow up on the case.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who inaugurated the program, said that the Ahimsa Messenger is directly related to the safety and empowerment of women. They will spread awareness and knowledge about their legal rights and their economic and social growth, their safety and dignity in the society.

“The Ahimsa ‘doots’ (messengers) will be trained to empower them. A unique feature of this programme is that adolescent boys have also been made an integral part of this programme,” she said. 

She also said that on the one hand women are touching the pinnacle of success in various fields, on the other, she is also suffering as a victim of child marriage, female foeticide, domestic violence, dowry related deaths and sexual harassment.

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