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International Women’s Day: Be Bold for Change


Organization : North East Network (NEN)


Location : Assam


Project Description

North East Network in collaboration with Asom Mahila Sangha, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) And Sadou Asom Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha organised International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2017 at Dighalipukhuripaar, Guwahati Assam .This year’s theme is ‘BE BOLD FOR CHANGE’. There were around 100 participants’ women, men, youth and women’s organisations pledged to promote women’s rights, ensure state accountability to bring an end to violence on women and uphold women’s collective voices and public responsibility.

NEN with other collaborative women’s rights organisation submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister via the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) on issues related to acid attack, witch-hunting, unsafe public places for women, women’s helpline, 33% reservation in local bodies, gender budgets, etc. In 4 districts of Assam, NEN grassroots women leaders ensured state accountability beyond March 8th and submitted memorandums. In Darrang, memorandum was submitted to Deputy Commissioner (DC), demanding establishment of a shelter home for women. A memorandum was submitted to the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Sidli Block Chirang, requesting the office to allot a public space which can be meaningfully utilised to organise women’s meetings.

In the memorandum, the groups stated that as cases of domestic violence, acid attack, molestation, stalking, sexual harassment of women are on the rise at the workplace, in the streets of towns and cities of Assam, there was a need to take proper action.

Besides the helpline, the groups have sought fast-track courts in all the districts to ensure speedy trial of all crimes against women.

Criticising the delay in the implementation of Assam Witch-Hunting Act (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015, they asked the government to take immediate steps towards it.

Similarly, in case of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal), 2013, they demanded the appointment of a nodal agency and setting up of internal and local complaint committees. Raising the issue of acid attacks on women, they said steps should be taken so that private hospitals follow the Supreme Court's orders to provide free treatment to such victims.

The groups have asked the government to ensure representation of women in committees like block-level vigilance and monitoring, village health, sanitation and nutrition, social audit, village education, citizen, social justice and peace.


Project Type : Donor funded


Project Donors and Partners

Asom Mahila Sangha, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) And Sadou Asom Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha

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