Education and employment were the key factors that could help women fight against violence, said K. Meena, Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchi.

Inaugurating a programme on International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women conducted by the Center for Women Studies at Alagappa University in Karaikudi, on Friday, she said that although there were symptoms to suggest that prevention of violence against women was declining, it had a long way to go to achieve satisfactory results. There were a lot of incidents of women being tortured mentally, physically and verbally. A civilized society can ill afford to hear instances of violence against women, she added.

Ms. Meena said there were a number of tough laws aimed at protecting women against all forms of violence.

In spite of this, incidents of violence against women were on the rise. It meant that enacting and implementing laws alone could not protect women.

Attitudinal change was the need of the hour to improve the ground realities and the change should begin from their respective homes. The spark should be in such a way that it would transform the society and the nation as a whole.

She said that she was of the firm view that education and employment held the key to improve the situation. The women should not be satisfied with just being literate. They should utilize the available opportunities for getting higher education. They should also acquire need and knowledge based vocational and self employment training to achieve success. The important aspect was that they should reap the benefit of education by getting employment even after marriage.

S. Sudalaimuthu, Vice Chancellor, who presided over the programme said according to a report, one among every three women faces some form of violence in the society.