By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls (VAWG), and invited governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.
“Sexual violence against women and girls is rooted in centuries of male domination. Let us not forget that the gender inequalities that fuel rape culture are essentially a question of power imbalances.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls, FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India), the representative organisation of the practitioners of Obstetrics and Gynaecology all over India, organised a special E-conclave for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against women and Girls (VAWG).
The work of FOGSI spans almost 50% population of India from adolescent, teenage, reproductive age, menopause to geriatric age and hence this E-conclave is significant for its constituents.
Titled Say No to VAWG, the whole day program aimed to spread awareness against this social phenomenon. FOGSI tied up with UNICEF, Indian Academy of paediatricians, Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) and The Association of Surgeons of India in order to take the message to as many citizens as possible.
FOGSI invited experts from different fields such as Smt. Sumitra Mahajan (Former Speaker, Loksabha), Laxmi Agarwal (Survivor, acid attack), Famous RJ Devaki, Rekha Sharma (Chairperson, National Women’s Commission), Sutapa Sanyal (Retd. IPS, DG from UP), Anuradha Kapoor (Founder of NGO Swayam), Amodh Kant (Retd. IPS-DGP), Preeti Patkar (Founder NGO Prerna).
Actors Sharmila Tagore and Virendra Sehwag also lent their support.
Prominent gynaecologists participated in panel discussions throughout the day, on subjects ranging from:
- Selective violence in childhood and Adulthood
- Acid attack
- Harassment at workplace
- Domestic violence
- Sexual violence
- Beta Samjhao
- Women’s rights and women’s empowerment
- Demonstration of safety tips
The conclave concluded with a discussion on how to prevent Violence against Health care providers. FOGSI had also announced many competitions like essay writing, skit performance, posters, slogan competition etc; prior to the conclave.
“Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. It remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it. In general terms, it manifests itself in physical, sexual and psychological forms, encompassing intimate partner violence (battering, psychological abuse, marital rape, femicide); sexual violence and harassment (rape, forced sexual acts, unwanted sexual advances, child sexual abuse, forced marriage, street harassment, stalking, cyber-harassment); human trafficking (slavery, sexual exploitation); female genital mutilation; and child marriage,” said Dr. Alpesh Gandhi, President, FOGSI.
Renowned gynaecologists like Dr. Jaydeep Tank, Secretary General, FOGSI, Dr. Archana Baser -VP FOGSI, Dr. Shanthakumari – President Elect were also a part of the program. FOGSI has always been active for it’s impactful community connect social programs. The goal is to reach the UN Goal of Elimination of VAWG by 2030.
FOGSI is the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Societies of India with 258 member societies and 38000 members practicing across India for the women’s healthcare in India. It is one of the largest membership-based organisations of specialised medical professionals across the world.