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Dance together to show collection strength: Organisations

Posted on Feb 13, 10:14AM | UNI

Imphal, Feb 12 : Several social organisations will extend their solidarity by joning the 'One Billion Rising' movement, on February 14 from 1300 hours to 1700 hours at Hapta Kangeibung (Palace Compound).

A union of social organisations - WAD, UNMM, NEDF, NLF, SASO, LCF, WEJ, RLP, IRDC, Watch Group, COWF, SSG, CNPW, ATWO, MBSCM will join the event.

According to the organisers 'One Billion Rising' is a global campaign by women, for women. The movement calls for an end to violence and for justice and gender equality.

On February 14, a one-day event will be held, a call for one billion women around the world to walk away from their homes, businesses and jobs, and join together to dance in a show of collective strength.

The event will be held on the 15th anniversary of the V-Day movement. The word 'billion' refers to the one billion women who are survivors of abuse.

The campaign was initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler (known for her play The Vagina Monologues) and her organisation V-Day.

V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalise the spirit of existing anti-violence organisations.

It generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

In India, according to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in 2011, 14.7 per cent rape cases are registered in cities while 85 per cent rape cases are registered in rural India. There are more than 1 lakh rape cases pending, a total of 2,28,650 women faced violence and abuse during 2007-2011 which includes rape, kidnapping, abduction, dowry death, cruelty by husbands and relatives, molestation, sexual harassment, importation of girls, immoral traffic.

National capital, Delhi has the highest percentage of crime rates against women which is 31.2 per cent.

In northeast, a total of 13,308 incidence of crime against women had been reported according to NCRB in 2011 with 11503 cases in Assam, 269 cases in Meghalaya, 1358 cases in Tripura, 167 cases in Mizoram, 247 cases in Manipur, 38 cases in Nagaland, 171 cases in Arunachal Pradesh and 55 cases reported in Sikkim.