Breakthrough, a human rights organisation, will launch its “Bell Bajao” campaign based on violence against women here on October 29.
The daylong “Hakkina Mela – Mahila Hakkigagi Namma Dani” (Song of Rights - Our voice for women's rights) will see participation from over 1,000 men and women from across Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts with an objective of involving the entire society, especially men, to raise their voice for women's rights, said a press release issued on Thursday. The “Hakkina Mela” will bring NGOs working on violence against women and human rights, trainers and mentors from Breakthrough, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Anganwadi workers, Stree Shakti groups, and women from various walks of life from the two districts under one roof.
Another key objective is to motivate students – especially those studying medicine, social work or journalism – to be sensitive to the issue of human rights. Around 10 interactive stalls will be set up by the participating groups to create awareness on domestic violence, sexual harassment, human rights and gender issues through paintings, film screening, quiz and innovative competitions.
Breakthrough has been working extensively in Karnataka through the community, training women on gender rights, human rights and para-legal services.
Writer Vaidehi, president of Federation of Women's Associations of Udupi district Sarala B. Kanchan and president of Federation of Women's Association of Udupi Taluk Sheela Shetty will participate as chief guests at inaugural function.