Kanya Kiran, a state-wide awareness programme which has been launched recently by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association with UN Women on 3rd June,2018 to prevent cruelty against women and girl child, will be carried on for a year.
Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder of KIIT & KISS, while addressing the gathering during the valedictory function of the awareness drive, announced that the awareness programme will continue for a year. The awareness programme was supposed to conclude today as it was decided earlier. The Founder, who himself had leaded the programme from the front, informed that more than 200 public meetings will be conducted in all nooks and corners of the state during the year.
In this context, a Thanksgiving Ceremony for the coordinators, volunteers and participants was organized at KIIT Convention Center on 8th June, 2018. Gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, Women & Child Development Minister Sri Prafulla Samal said, “awareness programme to stop violence against women and girl child is the need of hour. Actually, KISS has taken a remarkable initiative in the name of Kanya Kiran.” Besides, many Odia cine-stars, social activists and intellectuals participated and placed their views on how to stop violence against the women flock of the state.
The campaign covered all the Panchayats of the State, spreading awareness on social evils of violence against women and girl children among millions of households. Over 3000 staff of KISS and KIIT, particularly women staff, as well as 27,000 KISS students and their guardians had avidly participated as coordinators and volunteers. They propagated the message at each and every doorsteps across rural pockets of Odisha and received rousing response.
In fact, the awareness programme ‘Kanya Kiran’ has been incredibly successful in inspiring the masses because of its noble objectives all over Odisha and it will have a positive impact on curbing the problem of violence against women and girl child, as felt by one and all.