On International Women's Day,Justice and Care in collaboration with Operation Red Alert and Women's Welfare Society, organised a massive walkathon in the city of Belagavi, Karnataka,to generate awareness about the crime of human trafficking. Two days before the walkathon, a 50 km cycle rally was also organised in the area, covering 10 high risk villages and reaching out to thousands of people around Belagavi.
The efforts revolve around taking action to stop the crime of human trafficking, slavery and other abuses by influencing the actions of individuals and tackling the underlying root causes in order to strengthen the community to be conscious, mindful and resilient.
While the key objective of the events was to create awareness and vigilance, outcomes also focused on mobilising the community by inspiring citizens to act against human trafficking - a crime that affects an estimated 40 million people worldwide - and contribute to its prevention. The event looked at promoting activities at the district, block and village levels to detect, prevent and work towards bringing an end to trafficking by uniting stakeholders from the police, judiciary, civil society and the media.
In a highly successful turnout, participants in the8 March walkathon exceeded an expected 2000 participants by a 1000 more. Organisations that included schools, colleges, Anganwadi workers, Asha workers and a number of government stakeholders gathered together to raise awareness about the crime and sensitise the public. The rally, which began from the Deputy Commissioner’s office compound passed from Kakatives, Ganpat Galli, Maruti Fallu, Sambhaji Circle and College Road before culminating at Sardar School ground.
Key outcomes of the events include a general public that is more aware about the crime and its consequences and equipped with information on recognising and reporting cases to the police.The event also ensured key stakeholders in the government help initiate quick action when cases are brought to their notice.
The Hon. District Judge Shri. Satish Singh, District Commissioner Shri. S. Ziyaullah IAS, DCP Smt. Seema Latkar IPS, Superintendent of Police Shri. C.H. Sudeer Kumar Reddy IPS,DLSA Member Secretary and District Civil Judge Shri. Kiran Kini, the CWC Chairperson, anda number of Belagavi District Officials attended the events.
Since its inception, Justice and Care has trained thousands of individuals and vulnerable communities, sensitising them through awareness programmes conducted throughout India.
Justice and Care expresses its gratitude to its partners, Operation Red Alert and Women's Welfare Society, Belagavi for their support in ensuring the cycle rally and walkathon were a huge success.