A group of women activists recently launched a nationwide campaign called ‘Baatein Aman Ki’. It aims to sensitise people about violence that takes place against women “in the name of religious and nationalist sentiments”.

“In the last four years, the position of women in India has deteriorated alarmingly. This is mainly because of bringing religion into politics, where the Hindu right-wing organisations are playing a leading role in deciding moral values and ascribing the role of women in society,” said Annie Raja, Secretary of National Federation of Indian Women, National Herald reported.

Addressing women issues

Activists and volunteers will travel to different parts of the country as part of their sensitisation drive. They are also planning to hold public meetings and discussions on issues related to women. Additionally, the campaign aims to work in tandem with local organisations. Women groups in different cities, towns, villages will be invited to form local coordination committees.

“This government has betrayed women and the time has come to raise our voice. Through ‘Baatein Aman ki’, we will stand against all those forces which are trying to break the country in the name of religious or nationalist sentiments,” Annie Raja said, reported National Herald

Campaign organisation

The campaign is set to begin from September 22 across the country. It will continue till October 15. Its funds will be sourced from common people and women’s groups.

National Herald also reported, “Women are deeply concerned by the growing violence in the country. All major women groups and people’s movements are joining hands together. It is for the first time, perhaps since the freedom struggle, that women are coming together not for talking about women rights only but about the country as a whole and all problems faced by different sections of the people including farmers, students, unorganized sector, professionals, women, Adivasis, Dalits and minorities and safeguard the Indian Constitution,” said Shabnam Hashmi of India Inclusive.

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