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One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign on 14 February 2014 with the theme ‘I Rise against Sexual Violence’

India > West Bengal,Kolkata > Jadavpur University > 2014-02-14 > 10:30

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The School of Women’s Studies ,Jadavpur University, in collaboration with Swayam, a Kolkata based women’s rights organization, is observing the One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign, with a series of events highlighting the issue. EVENTS 14 February, 2014 On 14th February, 2014, West Bengal will join with the activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. This year we are rising to seek for JUSTICE! We are hosting a programme as part of the One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign on 14 February 2014 with the theme‘I Rise against Sexual Violence . We are organizing a Workshop on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and its implications for higher education campuses as well as other workplaces at Vivekananda Hall,Jadavpur University from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. (Break from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) We will bring out a RALLY at 1:30 p.m which will walk through the Jadavpur University Campus which will express our solidarity with this international call to end violence against women. 28 February, 2014 Screening of Film Bioscope: Non-Binary Conversations on Gender and Education - a film on experiences of trans* people in the Indian education system, produced by Nirantar followed by a Panel Discussion at Vivekananda Hall. 6 March, 2014 No to Violence, Yes to Rights – A Festival for Women’s Organizations and Students – including debates, JAM sessions, Games, Music Events and more.

About The Organization

The School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, in collaboration with Swayam

Swayam is a women’s rights organization committed to ending violence against women and children, based in Kolkata, India.

Swayam literally means ‘oneself’ and was set up to provide a holistic support service to women facing violence in their lives. Our strength is our empowering, woman-centred approach, which looks beyond a woman’s immediate need for support and encourages her to become self-confident, self-sufficient and self-reliant. We believe that each individual possesses an inner strength to counter obstacles and thus emerge with renewed self-confidence as a stronger, more complete person.

Through our co-ordinated programme of research and awareness-raising, we work to challenge the societal norms and values that perpetuate violence against women and to influence public policy decisions that affect women’s rights. We believe in the power of collective organisation, and much of our work is done in collaboration with other organisations and networks.

On the other Hand School of Womens Studies, Jadavpur University, formed as a centre for developing Womens Studies in India, was a pioneering effort. Beginning its journey in January 1988 the School was recognised by the UGC in February 1989. The University Grants Commission recognised it as the Nodal Centre for Womens Studies in the Eastern Region during the IXth Plan period. The School remains the most widely known within the region and nationally.

A major objective of the School has been to promote a dialogue between academics and activists, social work and policy making. By facilitating research and extension work, we seek to enhance the visibility of women and gender issues within the academic community of the University and indeed in wider society. We have worked towards creating a platform for sensitising government agaencies, members of the academy and activists. The focus is on Womens Studies as a discipline and a movement and its predominant role in pursuing a gender-just society.

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Swayam and Jadavpur University

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