Udayani Social Action Forum observed World Human Right Day with a training program for women at Christo Sewa Ashram in Pandua, Hoogly on December 12.
The theme of this training program was “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for all.” The program was organized by Project Assistants Champa Mondal, Rupa Soren and Basanti Soren of Pandua. About 200 women participated.
The chief guest of the program, Father Amulya Kananikal SJ, highlighted, "the present condition of human rights in the country, and how dignity, and freedom have deteriorated and justice has been denied to persons" due to political and social pressures.
The Director of Udayani Social Action Forum, Father John Kerketta SJ pointed out how the dignity and freedom of individuals have deteriorated and added that there is an urgent need to bring awareness among the people.
Human rights are needed to protect and preserve every individual's humanity, to ensure that every individual can live a life of dignity and a life worthy of a human being.
In response to these challenges, the Jesuits in India launched the MAiN system (Migrant Assistant Information Network) which aims to provide dignity, justice and freedom in working places.
The program included a skit on how human rights are violated on different occasions, put up by the activists of the three blocks under the guidance of Koyel Saha.
The running song throughout the skit was Ekla Cholo Re which Bangla means (going alone) is by Rabindranath Tagore. The skit beautifully portrayed how human rights are still differentiated in terms of education between boys and girls in society; how child marriage is still prevalent and how physically disabled persons are not respected and go unnoticed.
How property rights are snatched away from a widow and how a person is judged based on religion in society.
The program ended with a song meaning, everything changes over time and space but society and we do not change. The audience expressed that they have come to know that they also have become victims on different occasions. - RVA Bengali Service
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