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The National Commission for Women (NCW) is organizing India’s first-ever ‘Power Walk’ on 1 March 2020 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the national capital. The walk route of the walk is from India Gate to Janpath.

‘Power Walk’ is to create awareness on issues of women safety, crimes, violence and assault that occurs on the streets and the everyday life of women.

NCW Chairperson, Rekha Sharma talking about Power Walk shares, “The Power walk is a drive to instil, with a belief that, the only way to make public spaces safe is to occupy in large numbers, and put out the message clearly, whether day or night, women have equal right to claim her spaces everywhere and anywhere. We must break norms on defining respectability like, ‘safe and unsafe’. ‘good enough reason or not’ for her to get out of the house- such perception of women in public spaces much change.”

“We are also planning to call a few of acid attack and rape survivors who will be talking about what they have gone through. We are expecting 1,000 men and women to participate in the walk,” the NCW chief said.

The Power Walk is open to all, before the walk commences, participants are encouraged to arrive early at India Gate to take part in various activities, like ‘nukkad nataks’ on eve-teasing and acid attack, open-mic speeches, signboard making and leafleting.

Tennis player Sania Mirza has also extended her support to the initiative through a video message that was shared by the NCW on Twitter.

“Space is labelled safe or unsafe depending upon the visibility of women in that area. To challenge this stereotype and break all the shackles that hinder the free movement of women, I urge all of you to go for the power walk and claim your unconditional right to move freely and fearlessly whenever and wherever you wish to be,” Mirza said.

 

 

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