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Students sensitised on personal hygiene, gender rights

By EMN Updated: Sep 12, 2023 9:38 pm
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Resource persons along with students during the sensitisation programme on personal hygiene, gender rights and gender-based violence at BVHSS Jalukie, on Tuesday.

DIMAPUR — A comprehensive sensitisation and awareness programme addressing personal hygiene, gender rights and gender-based violence, was conducted at Barail Valley Higher Secondary School (BVHSS), Jalukie in Peren district, on Tuesday.

The programme was organised by the district administration in collaboration with the District Hub for Empowerment of Women (DHEW) Peren, as part of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) initiative in the district, an official update stated.

In the first session, Lungngaulie, a gender specialist from DHEW Peren, spoke on the topic of ‘Personal hygiene’ with the girls in attendance. Lungngaulie emphasised that menstruation is a natural and healthy aspect of life, but is often stigmatised in many societies as menstruating girls and women frequently encounter discrimination, social exclusion and shame.

She also highlighted the importance of practising healthy menstrual hygiene habits and the potential risks associated with poor menstrual hygiene, which can lead to reproductive and urinary tract infections (UTIs), ultimately affecting future fertility and childbirth.

The second session featured Shezholù Vero from Women Police Jalukie, who spoke on ‘Gender rights, issues and gender-based violence,’ with both boys and girls in attendance.

She underscored that gender rights are not exclusive to women but encompass the rights of all individuals – equality in rights, responsibilities and opportunities for people of all genders.

The police officer also provided insights into constitutional rights available to women in India.

The session delved into the critical issue of gender-based violence, a pervasive and serious concern in India.

“Women and girls frequently face various forms of violence, harassment, and discrimination in both private and public domains. Despite the existence of laws and policies, the country continues to grapple with high rates of gender-based violence. The discussion encompassed violence within homes, institutions, workplaces, public spaces, and online platforms,” it stated.

Vero also stressed the importance of understanding the concept of “good touch and bad touch” and highlighted the significance of personal boundaries. Good touch fosters feelings of safety and affection, while bad touch induces fear and violation, she said.

Further, she underscored the fundamental principle that no one has the right to touch another person without their consent, regardless of their identity or status.

“The message conveyed was clear: one’s body is valuable and deserving of respect and protection and individuals should speak up if they feel uncomfortable with someone’s touch,” it stated.

Earlier, the programme commenced with a welcome address by Adai, the principal of BVHSS, Jalukie.

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By EMN Updated: Sep 12, 2023 9:38:57 pm
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