Gender-based violence issues discussed in Nagaon
As a part of the Women's Safety Accelerator Fund (WSAF), Delta Right Advisors in collaboration with the Assam State Livelihood Mission conducted a joint event
NAGAON: As a part of the Women's Safety Accelerator Fund (WSAF), Delta Right Advisors in collaboration with the Assam State Livelihood Mission conducted a joint event on December 8 at the Deputy Commissioner Office, Nagaon, as part of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence. The event was organized to discuss issues of gender based violence and how such issues can be resolved at the grassroot level through convergence between the WSAF program, the livelihood mission and government stakeholders. The event was presided by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Debjani Chaudhary District Social Welfare Officer Ruby Kailta, District Child Protection Officers, members from the District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), Childline representatives and members from the newly-formed gender cell.
The theme for 2022 as shared by UN Women is "UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls". The discussions at the event covered the issues of early marriage, domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual harassment, child sexual abuse, witch hunting, etc. with specific focus to tea gardens in Nagaon, Assam.
Different forms of gender-based discriminations and violence in the tea gardens is evident in the high rates of child marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, harassment in public places (inside and outside the tea gardens), child sexual abuse, rape, female feticide, infanticide in case of unwanted pregnancy (child born of rape/female child).
WSAF is implemented in the tea value chain in Assam and West Bengal to create safe and empowering workplaces for women workers by collaborating with government programmes, tea producers' associations, and local NGOs. In Nagaon district the programme is being run in Kellyden, Nonoi, Sagmootea and Salonah Tea Estates, stated a press release.