Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR), keeping in mind the ongoing pandemic and resultant restrictions conducted various workshops regarding child rights through online mode. First in series of these workshops were awareness workshops on the POCSO Act for Government school counsellors. Around 100 counsellors participated in a series of three workshops of which the third and final workshop was conducted on 15.10.2020. While welcoming the counsellors to the workshop series’ Ms. Pooja Punchhi, Member, CCPCR said that it is the collective responsibility of all the stakeholders to ensure that a safe and secure environment is provided for the children so that they can thrive for the best in their lives. Workshops included two sessions; first session by Dr. Jotika Judge, POCSO Consultant, CCPCR on provisions of POCSO Act, focused on the need for POCSO, types of offences under the act, the role of school in checking and preventing child sexual abuse. Second session conducted by Ms. Niti Mohan, Consultant, CCPCR was an interactive session discussing the role played by various child rights’ organisations such as CCPCR, CWC, Child Helpline in ensuring a safe environment for the child and addressing the various doubts raised by counsellors.

Another online awareness workshop was conducted on Menstrual Health for girls of Aashiana, Sector-15, Chandigarh marking the celebration of International Day of the Girl Child which was on October 11, 2020. Dr. Monica Singh and Ms. Pooja Punchhi, Members CCPCR planned this programme with an objective to ensure that young girls have adequate knowledge and information about this important aspect of their physical health. On this occasion, Dr. Reeti Mehra, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, GMCH, Sector-32, Chandigarh was the eminent speaker. She spoke to girls on diverse aspects related to menstrual health such as bodily changes during adolescence, reproductive system, symptoms during periods and various ways to deal with period pain. She introduced the audience to various types of period related products such as sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cups and explained the ways to ensure safe use and disposal of these products. She also busted various wrong myths associated with menstruation such as not entering the kitchen, religious places, not washing hairs during periods. The programme was coordinated by Ms. Niti Mohan, Consultant, CCPCR.

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