Bangalore, November 26th 2016:Internationally, November 25th marks the beginning of a 15 day campaign for the ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women’. This campaign has been announced by the United Nations and displaying solidarity with this call, St Martha’s Hospital and its staff commemorated the day in a number of small, yet effective ways.
Speaking on the Hospital celebrating this day, Friday , the Sr .Teresa Mandakath, Sister Superior of St Martha’s Hospital says, “As an institution, our hospital was founded specifically to care for the women and children of society. Though their progress has come a long way since our establishment, there is still a lot that needs to be done for the welfare and development of women and girls. Extending our support to this day shows that we continue to dedicate ourselves to this cause and the spreading of the word on it”.
Among the activities carried out were the putting up of posters across the OPD on topics that were targeted at educating doctors as well as patients at the hospital. Informative posters on Child Labour laws in India, Marital Abuse & Rape laws in India, Types of Abuse we have grown to take for granted were put up. Important awareness messages such as the presence of a sexual harassment police unit at St Martha’s hospital, on how staying silent is partaking in the crime as well as how neglect is violence with a silence were also put up.
The staff at St Martha’s hospital were shown an educational video on how to observe and report the various signs of abuse in women and children. Besides this the hospital had stickers printed and distributed among all patients in the OPD with the message of “Stop Violence Against Women”. The staff from the Department of Physiotherapy have also created orange ribbons and bows for the staff of the hospital.
These various activities will be continued till 10th December 2016.