Braving the afternoon heat and mad city traffic, hundreds of young girls, boys, activists and volunteers participated in a walkathon for showing their solidarity and support towards the issue of women’s empowerment and gender equality. The Walkathon was organized by ActionAid India and its partners as part of their International Women’s Day celebrations.
The Walkathon started around 2pm from the Kolkata Press Club and ended at the Academy of Fine Arts. It was followed by an inter-college rock band competition in which a number of emerging youth bands participated and enthralled the huge gathering at Mohar Kunj, near the Academy of Fine Arts.
The aim of this walkathon and rock band competition was simply to create awareness about the rights of women and to empower them.
Actionaid India is a non-profit organization that works primarily on the issues of poverty in India for the last 43 years in 24 states. In partnership with local NGOs, the organization works with the most unprivileged sections of the society across India to promote democracy, human rights and social justice. Women’s right is one of the prime constituencies of its work.
For the past two years, ActionAid has been engaged in a nationwide campaign called Beti Zindabad. In West Bengal the campaign’s focus is to put an end to child marriage and their relentless efforts along with the local authorities have resulted in declaring many villages as child marriage free villages.
State Women Commission Chairperson Smt. Sunanda Mukherjee and eminent personalities from the music fraternity like Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury, Ujjaini Mukherjee, Gaurab Chatterjee, Ayan Banerjee were also part of the events which were based on the theme “Empowering Women, Empowering Society”.
Tollywood actress Ms. Jaya Seal Ghosh said, “I am really very happy to be part of the Walkathon organized by Actionaid”.
Events of this kind will surely mobilize people and also help stop atrocities committed against women in our society.