Kanya Kiran-  ‘Kanya Kiran’, the massive awareness programme to stop violence against women and girl children, will be carried out at global level from the next year, announced Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS. He was speaking at the flag-off ceremony for the programme’s coordinators, volunteers and participants at KIIT University on June 9, 2019. Violence against women and girl children has no place in civilized society, he stated, while eliciting support from general public to ensure zero incidence of this social plague. The third edition of Kanya Kiran was held from 10th to 12th June, 2019.

‘Kanya Kiran’ was launched by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in association with UN Women and Kalinga Fellowship in all the 30 districts of Odisha on June 3 last year. In a mobilization of scale and spread unheard of before, the programme covered all the Panchayats of the State, spreading awareness on social evils of violence against women and girl child among millions of households. Over 3000 staff of KISS and KIIT, particularly women staff were actively involved as coordinators and volunteers. They disseminated the message at household level in villages amid overwhelming response.  Last year, the Kanya Kiran awareness programme was conducted throughout the year in different places. It was successful in touching the public conscience and had a positive impact on curbing the problem of violence against women and girl child