Women rise to the occasion, seek equality
The event was a part of the campaign ‘One Billion Rising’ initiated by playright and activist Eve Ensler, known for her play The Vagina Monologues whose organisation V-day celebrated its 15th anniversary. Numerous events were held all over the world in almost 205 countries including Australia, Sudan, Indonesia, Phillipines, Bangladesh and in various cities of India, as part of this movement to encourage one billion harassed and exploited women to stop suffering in silence and to strike, rise and dance. The campaign, started almost an year ago, is inspired by the UN statement that one out of three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, which is already one billion plus.
An NGO called ‘Humanity: Sharing Smiles’ organised an interaction programme in the city, wherein the guest speakers SSP Naunihal Singh, former editor of Dainik Tribune, Radhe Shyam Sharma and actor Savita Bhatti interacted with audience that largely consisted of girls.
Starting with rendition of saraswati vandana by students of Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, it was followed by the recitation of Eve Insler’s famous poem ‘Rising’. SSP Naunihal Singh who was the guest speaker expressed hope that crime against women can be curtailed easily in Chandigarh with the co-operation of the girls.
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