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2nd edition of “South Asia Safety Summit"

2nd edition of “South Asia Safety Summit"

According to the Union Minister of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, there is an urgent need to ensure safety for women and children within their homes and create safe neighborhoods in order to protect women and children against violence and abuse. Smriti Zubin Irani delivered the keynote address in the 2nd edition of the South Asia Safety Summit organized by the Ministry of WCD and FACEBOOK.

Key Points:

  • As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data of 2017, 3 lakh crimes registered against women are committed by husbands and relatives so the challenges to women and children safety issues lie closer to home. She further added that as per the NCRB data 42% of men justify domestic violence and 62% of women support domestic violence.
  • The South Asia Safety Summit is organized to highlight the issues of safety while individuals and communities are connected on the digital platform.
  • Participants from 125 civil society organizations, feminist groups, child safety experts, academics focused on gender and mass communication, safety practitioners, mental health and suicide prevention organizations, disabilities rights groups, and partners who have expertise in running digital literacy programs and creating tools for social-emotional development of young people are attending the Summit. They are from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.
  • The Ministry is to set up one-stop centers to service the needs of women in the locality and informed the gathering that 10 one-stop centers open every month across the country and by the end of this year every district will have an operational one-stop center.
  • It also aims that every district of India will have anti-trafficking units which are the first-ever initiative undertaken by the Government. To make police stations more accessible for women and children Women’s help desks are being set up in each police station across the county as a police station is the first place that a woman reaches whenever she faces a threat to her security and life.
  • Along with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of WCD has launched the cyber-crime portal and the Ministry of WCD is helping to strengthen this portal so that women are able to lodge complaints of cyberbullying, online shaming and online threats.
  • WCD Ministry is digitally listing out all the sex offenders in India so that whenever background checks of employees need to be conducted, its database will enable employers.

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