Tuesday 22 January 2019
The State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal has organized a Round Table Discussion on ‘Trafficking, Violence against Women and Girls, Women and Girl Empowerment and Related Issues’ on 22.01.2019 at the Conference Hall of the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal.
The Special Envoy for Gender
Equality, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK, Joanna Roper, participated in
the discussion along with representatives of British Deputy High Commission, New
The discussion was chaired by Ms.
Durga Khaitan, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal,
and attended by Sri Indra Chakrabarty, IPS, SSP,CID,West Bengal, Sri Pradip
Panja, Registrar, Humans Rights Commission, Secretaries of District Legal
Services Authorities and representatives of various rights commission and NGOs
Participating in the discussion, Joanna
Roper said, “the UK is committed to promote gender equality and end violence
against women through a foreign policy which consciously and consistently
delivers for women and girls.”
Ms. Durga Khaitan, Member
Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, said that despite
geo-political and social differences, women all around the world, face similar
prejudices and the State Legal Services Authority is obligated to ameliorate
the gap. Both India and United Kingdom stand together in opposing any form of
violence against women so it is a welcome step on the part of the British
Deputy High Commission in Kolkata to propose this Round Table discussion.
Exchange of ideas and sharing of
experience adds strength to our endeavours in eradicating all forms of offences
Earlier, Joanna Roper visited an
anti-trafficking project supported by the British Deputy High Commission,
Kolkata, and run by ASHA NGO in North 24 Parganas. After the visit she said,
“this project is focused on initiating a process with children aged 10-18
years, where through targeted activities they are empowered to become vocal,
confident, change makers. Through this awareness raising project, this
community is becoming better informed of the dangers of trafficking and how to
ensure their own ‘protection’ and ‘safety’.
The British Deputy High Commissioner
in Kolkata, Mr. Bruce Bucknell said, “the UK supports gender equality and
inclusion and is committed to taking these values forward”. Ms. Roper lauded
the activities of State Legal Services Authority.
After the discussion, the British
envoy and her team paid a visit to the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Biswanath
Somadder, the Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice, High Court, Calcutta, Hon’ble
Patron-in-chief and Hon’ble Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority,