Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bubaneswar: On the eve of International Women’s Day, People’s Cultural centre (PECUC) in collaboration with The Hunger Project (THP) & Rotary Club of Bubaneswar Heritage organized District Level Convention of Elected Women representatives at Bhubaneswar Block Conference Hall.
Mrs. Anuradha Biswal, Eminent athlete and Olympiad,: Sj. Ranjan Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC, Litali Das, THP Odisha Office, Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC, Nirupama Parida and Sulochana Bhoi, President, Aliva Federation, Bhubaneswar and Balinata Block graced the occasion. Amongst others, approximately 50 elected women representatives from Bhubaneswar and Balinata Block, Media persons and Staffs of PECUC participated in the programme.
Inauguration of International Women’s Day started with lighting candle in the memory of those women who are not with us and signature campaign. Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty gave welcome address and shared objective of the Programme i.e to create a violence free society for women. Speaking on the occasion Sj. Ranjan Mohanty, secretary, PECUC said, unitedly we can empower women socially, economically and politically also. He also said we should promise to create a safe and protective society for women where everyone lives with dignity.
He also added, in Panchayati Raj election although there is 50% of reservation but actually more than 53% women representation experienced in the state, which is a sign of change. But still we have to create scope for women in the assembly elections also, where now women representation is very low. Mrs. Anuradha Biswal, Eminent athlete and Olympiad said, we have to proactively spread awareness among people to stop violence against women.
And also we have to raise voice against each violence. She also added, men play a vital role in empowerment of women. Adding to others president of Aliva Federation from Bhubaneswar and Balianta Block said, liquor is the main cause of most of the violence against women, the use of which should be strictly restricted and all should voice against violence against women. Litali das, THP Odisha office said, from individual level to panchayat, block, district and state also we have to check violence against women. At Last, Mr. Jyoti Mohanty, Programme Manager, PECUC moved vote of thanks.