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Community sensitization on crime against Women

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Shillong, April 4: The four-day Workshop on “Sensitizing teachers, community leaders and youths on ‘Crime against Women and Children’: Their Roles and Responsibilities in Preventing it” started at Mawlong Village on April 4 and will continue till April 9. The programme is supported by the Zol Branch of State Bank of India, Shillong. 
The programme aims to cover more than 300 participants, comprising of teachers, community leaders, and youths in these villages to sensitize them on various social issues.
The pious objective of the workshop is to help building the capacity of important members of the community such as teachers, community leaders, youths and others as well as to empower them to deal with various social issues concerning women and children and to build up a collaborative effort, while coorditing the members of the community at different levels to address the issues concerned.
The special guest speakers on the first day of the workshop at Mawlong Village were Mee Kharkongor, Chairperson of State Commissioner for Protection of Child Rights, Meghalaya, P Myrchiang, State Coorditor, in-charge Out of School Children, SSA and Camelia Wankhar, State Coorditor, in-charge Out of School Children, SSA, Meghalaya.
The guests applauded the efforts being initiated by SPARK to organize such an important sensitization programme in these areas. Necessary information was provided to the participants with regards to crime against Women and Children and various welfare schemes thereby building up the capacity of the participants to fight against such crimes and protect themselves from all forms of exploitation.  The guests and speakers stressed on the importance of education and considering it as an important tool to fight against all social evils existing in the community and society at large.
Documentary films on issues pertaining to Child Rights, Human Trafficking and Crime against Women were also screened which led to a strong impact on the participants. 
 Mee Kharkongor sensitized the participants about Child Rights as well as on human trafficking issues and measures to combat it.  She also stressed upon POCSO Act explaining in details about it and the protection it gives to the victims.  Moving ahead, P Myrchiang, State Coorditor, SSA, Meghalaya spoke to the participants about the importance of education and its relevance in the lives of all. She encouraged them to send their children regularly to school.  Camelia Wankhar, too spoke to the children on educatiol aspects inspiring them to reach high in life which could be possible if they attain education.

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