• 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Observed By NGO Bodhana Across Assam

    The programmes were held in various parts of Assam like Bokakhat, Barpeta, Amguri, Nagaon, Kohora and Guwahati

    On the occasion of 16 Days Activism, an annual international campaign for the elimination of violence against girls and women, Bodhana an NGO headquartered in Guwahati conducted various programmes to send a message to society regarding violence against women and girls. 

    The programmes were held in various parts of Assam like Bokakhat, Barpeta, Amguri, Nagaon, Kohora and Guwahati. For the last 16 days, Bodhana in collaboration with Project Maanush Assam (MAVA), Jagori Grameen and One Billion Rising conducted several events such as Midnight Walk, Painting Competition, Self-Defence training for girls, Mural Art, Film Screening and Cycle Rally.

    The Midnight Walk was held on November 25, in which the women and girls were
    invited to walk at midnight to mark their presence and importance on the street while spreading a message that women too can freely walk after dark and avoid rape and molestation. 

    The Painting Competition was held on November 28 and the theme of it was “Toxic Masculinity” for students to express their concern through colours and images how we find violence in the process of patriarchy that is embedded so precisely in our households. 
    The Self Defense training was conducted from November 29 to December 10 and was conducted by Project Maanush mentee, Pulak Pegu who wishes to make the little girls aware of the violence that they face in their day-to-day life so they can be safe in a society filled with eyes of prey. 

    Another important activity of this 16 Days Activism was Mural Art that was drawn by Rishiraj Nath which illustrated that women are the victims of the society constantly in surveillance of men.

    The Film Screening program was held at Ethnic Cocoon, Bokakhat in two shifts, in
    which the college students were shown two short films Daaravtha and Devi, which portrays a story of a transgender and Devi shows about the rape victims and how we look upon them, avoiding them to be a part of the society secluding them to be an outcast. The second half was for special women dignitaries from different sections of the society who were shown Fireflies: Jonaki Porua, which is a movie based on Transwomen and the session was followed by conversation over tea and some musical performances by the women. The last event of the campaign was the Cycle Rally along with a street play which was held at Kohora today. 

    The cycle rally started from 6:30 am from Bokakhat to Kohora which marked the end of the 16 Days Activism campaign.
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