Chennai:Â As a part of international day for elimination of violence against women, several colleges and groups in the city spent the day creating awareness on the issue.
The Russian cultural centre, Indo-Russian IT Association and Survival Instincts had a workshop programme for college girls and IT professionals. Pavithra Nuthakki, training manager with Survival Instincts, says, â€śWomen today are opening up to trying self-defence and there is a realisation that it can happen to anybody.â€ť
Speaking on the recent incident of sexual harassment in the workplace, Sahe adds, â€śWomen have to speak up for themselves.â€ť The three-hour simulation programme was held on Monday at the Russian cultural centre.
Jayshri Ramesh, a college student who participated in the workshop, says, â€śThe situation has changed a lot as awareness has seeped in. But patriarchal thinking remains yet to be changed completely in all its forms.â€ť
â€śSocial media has been a viable tool in spreading awareness. We put up posts on such issues and people respond with their views.â€ť