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FOGSI ropes in Sehwag, Sharmila Tagore for Prevention and Elimination of Violence against women and Girls (VAWG) community initiative

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, has 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 aims to spread awareness against this social phenomenon. FOGSI has 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.

Letters have been sent to NGOs, schools and colleges to join the E-conclave on Sunday, 22nd November 2020.

FOGSI has 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 have also lent their support.

Prominent gynaecologists will participate 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 will conclude with a discussion on how to prevent Violence against Health care providers. FOGSI has also announced many competitions like essay writing, skit performance, posters, slogan competition etc; prior to the conclave.

Over one lac participants are expected to attend.

“Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today 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,” clarifies Dr Alpesh Gandhi, President FOGSI.

Renowned gynaecologists like Dr Jaydeep Tank, Secretary General, FOGSI, Dr Archana Baser -VP FOGSI, Dr Shanthakumari- President Elect will also be a part of the program. FOGSI has always been very active for it’s impactful community connect social programs.The goal is to reach the UN Goal of Elimination of VAWG by 2030.

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