Archbishop Pallipparambil: "The recent trend in violence against women in the region is worrying." Likro Mossang, president of the Women's Association in the Diocese of Miao: adequate education and awareness is the right way to combat violence against women.
Miao (AsiaNews) - The Women's Commission of the Diocese of Miao in Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" on 25 November with events awareness raising events.
Opening the event in the auditorium of the Light of the World School, the bishop of Miao George Pallipparambil highlighted the sharp increase in crime against women in north-eastern India, especially in the recent past. "Even though - he said - women in north-eastern India have traditionally enjoyed safer living conditions, the recent trend in violence against women in the region is worrying."
Underlining the need for awareness, the Salesian prelate said: "We do not just fight violence, but we fight the evil that includes the alarming number of abortions in our region".
Sister Rose Abilu, director of Light of the World School, gave the keynote address, drawing the attention of the participants to the various types of violence to which women are subjected. "Northeast India has become a hotspot for human trafficking which is a cruel form of violence against women and each of today's participants must pledge not to fall prey to traffickers," said the sister from the congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC).
Likro Mossang, president of the Women's Association in Miao Diocese, addressing the participants including 11 and 12 grade students, said that adequate education and awareness is the right way to combat violence against women and encouraged them to take responsibility with their education.
The secretary of the Commission for Women in East Arunachal Pradesh, Sister Mary Sarkar MSMHC, also spoke on the occasion.
In drawing her conclusions, Ms. Marina Wangsu, a Miao female leader, noted that a small event like this will not end violence against women around the world, but will go a long way to spread awareness among attendees, in particular. young students.