Delhi: Sakshi, a rights-based NGO, as one of the implementing partners of the Women’s Safety Accelerator Fund (WSAF) is marking the #UN16Daysof Activism Campaign against Gender-Based Violence in the tea gardens of Darjeeling and Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The global campaign occurring annually from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day sees civil society organisations across the world highlighting the widespread violation of women’s rights and standing in solidarity in the fight against the elimination of gender-based violence.
Through a series of impactful events, Sakshi is raising the issues of gender-based violence across the tea gardens where they implement the programme. These included pledge and signature campaigns to stand against violence, performing skits to raise awareness, carrying out rallies, and organising games and film shows. A district-level stakeholders’ meeting bringing together key personnel from the Idukki district administration, tea communities of Harrisons Malayalam Limited – a group, service providers and civil society organisations was also held in Kerala.
“16 Days of Activism” has developed into a symbolic period worldwide, emphasising the pressing need for action to eliminate gender-based violence.
Dr Aditi Kishore, Project Head – WSAF at Sakshi, said, “Women Safety Accelerator Fund and Sakshi’s participation in the international campaign #16DaysofActivism, strengthen their ongoing work of creating safe work environments in the tea sector for women, advocating for change, and breaking the silence against gender-based violence.”