Crimes against women are a result of poor implementation of policies and laws, said Secretary, Women and Child Development Department Vishal Kumar Dev.
Speaking at the Kalinga Fellowship workshop on ‘How can businesses, government and NGOs work together to prevent and redress sexual assault on girls in Odisha’ here today, Mr.Dev said there are policies and laws to protect women but their implementation remains a matter of concern.
The official assured that the programs of the State Government for women and girl child would be linked to Kalinga Fellowships soon.
Corporate leaders and representatives of the civil society from 40 countries participated as mentors, while the senior police officers, bureaucrats, legal luminaries, media, and corporate officials as well as NGOs from India as mentees.
Both the mentors and mentees are called Kalinga Fellows. With an objective to create zero tolerance towards violence against girls, they discussed the role of the family, synergy among Govt. civil societies and corporate sector, online match making platform, breaking the deliberate conspiracy of silent, role of media, etc.
The participants and mentors were divided into groups for the purpose. This fellowship will continue for one year.
All stakeholders should work together to achieve zero tolerance towards violence on girls in Odisha by 2020, the participants agreed. Empowerment of girls through education is need of the hour, they said. Government should play the leadership role, while corporate sector should make this a part of their CSR agenda. Involvement of SHGs is also very important, the workshop concluded.
The fellowship is imparted by BRIDGE in association with FXB India, Ashoka Foundation and Dasra through Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).
The main objective of the Kalinga Fellowship is to bring together key stakeholders to facilitate a breakthrough in thinking and strategy to prevent sexual assault on girls in Odisha.
Leaders of companies like Apple, HSBC, Google, MARS, So Just Add Water and Dentsu Aegis as well as NGOs like FXB, BRIDGE, Ashoka, HHH, Pearson, Lakhyam, Prajwala, EKJUT, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and others participated.
Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS and Simon Mckenzie, CEO, Asia Pacific BRIDGE Partnership were also present.