Since the origin of social life in the country, various centuries came and went, the time has changed people’s mind and environment, however, violence against women does not seem to change much. Time is the real witness of all the sufferings (like sex discrimination, exploitation, oppression, aggression, degradation, humiliation, etc) inflicted on women.
‘UN’ Trap yourself !!!
It is somewhat ironical to see their plight especially in a country where female Goddesses are worshipped. In the Vedas, women are glorified as a creator and nourisher of life. On the other hand, they have found themselves suppressed and subjugated by the men in the patriarchal society.
DURGA – The Shakti !!!
Abuse against women cuts across age, socio-economic, educational and geographic boundaries and affects all societies. It is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally.
Violence against the vulnerable has increased over the years and reached a calamitous point.
The issue of violence against women comes forth time to time in the form of brutal gang-rapes, sexual harassment at workplace, acid attack, etc. Whatever form it takes, it has serious long-term physical and emotional effects. Yet, women tend to suffer silently and feel too scared to talk about it for fear of social stigma.
Every woman has the right to live her life safely and free of violence. It is important that we join the pursuit of gender equality and women empowerment by highlighting the issues that are detrimental to women and girls around the world.
We need to support education for girls and women empowerment through providing vocational training
Our daughters and women deserve to be loved and respected
Have you been wanting to change the face of womanhood? But find it difficult to engineer ways to do it? Here are some simple contributions one could make and remember, no step is small if we pledge to see the difference. We all need to:
* Support a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship.
* Volunteer at a local domestic violence shelter or other organization that helps survivors or works to prevent violence.
* Raise children to respect others. Teach children to treat others as they would like to be treated. Talk to your children about healthy relationships and the importance of treating others with respect
* Lead by example. Work to create a culture that rejects violence as a way to deal with problems. Speak up against messages that say that violence against or mistreatment of women is OK.
* Support each other to build a strong and safe environment
Magic happens when women support women !!
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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist once explained: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
Let’s celebrate womanhood!!
It is time to break the silence against women and children abuse and adopt ‘Zero’ tolerance for women and child abusers. Let us celebrate the birth of girl child. Let us provide her an environment that is safe and conducive enough to let her fly in this open sky freely.
Let’s give our girls wings to fly !!
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