Training of ASHAs on Prevention of Violence against Women and Women Equality

training of ashasASHAs are accredited social health activists promoted by the Government of India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as a part of the National Rural Health Mission. Their one-day training on prevention of violence against women and women equality was held at the Training Centre on August 6, 2016.

The training began with introduction of participants and outlining objectives of the training. An introductory talk about Disha was given to the participants. Quickly, the participants were told about National Rural Health Mission, which aimed at developing a decentralised health system owned by the community. They were reminded of their roles and functions.

After these introductory comments, the discourse moved to the training topic. It was imperative that they developed understanding on gender, for which it was necessary to understand works of women and men. There were many works which only women could do, many men could do and many both of them could do. Yet men treated women as their property and indulged in violence against them. But no more after enactment of Domestic Violence Act 2005.

The participatns said that the society did not grant entitlements and rights to women in the proportion they should have been given. There was a need to make them aware about their rights and entitlements. A participats said female foeticide was a curse on the society. It should be stopped at all levels because its results would be disastrous. Already falling proportion of girls is a cause of worry.

They were umanimous that the information that they got about domestic violence law was very important. Women can get justice in the home and family through it. Apart from this, understanding on violence and gender had also been developed.  The participants said that they felt very good by participating in the workshop as apart women health issue, understanding on other important issues was also developed.