Women are the problem (Not)

For a woman to feel safe in her home, on the streets and at her workplace is not a privilege, it is her right.

Unfortunately the truth of our world is contrary to this and far darker than most of us realize.

In 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted the declaration on the elimination of Violence against Women, which provided a framework for action on the issue.

However, 20 years later, UN found that one in three women still experience physical or sexual violence. In many cases, by their own an intimate partner.

In a study conducted by the Indian Government and a private agency it was suggested that that nearly 54 per cent of women and 69 per cent of men who see women getting harassed prefer not to get involved. This indifference only contributes to embolden the culprits.

Another study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that nearly 35 per cent of women across the globe have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or non-partner.

One of the primary causes of such high number of cases of violence against women is the deep-seated belief of gender superiority of men that exists in many communities globally.

We at INMOVIDU have started a journey of empowering women and to make them believe that they can protect themselves. The journey involves, not just teaching women on how to deal with a situation when it is happening but also to help them understand the laws that protect them. Ignorance of the law is one of the biggest reason for crimes going unreported and we wish to change that.

We want women to make the journey from ‘I don’t know what to do. I am helpless’ to ‘I know how to and I will defend myself’.