The International Day of Violence against Women marks the beginning of a 16 day activism campaign till December 10 i.e. human rights day. The theme of this international day is based around the colour orange named as 'orange the world' to indicate brightness and curtail any sort of ongoing violence against women.
Rabindarnath Tagore rightly observed, “At the present stage of history, civilization is almost exclusively masculine, a civilization of power in which women have been thrust aside in the shade. Therefore it has lost it’s balance and it is moving by hopping from war to war.”
The declaration on the elimination of discrimination against women as a human rights proclamation was adopted and issued by the United Nations General Assembly on November 7, 1967.
The declaration defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.”
A new report from UN Women, based on data from 13 countries since the pandemic, shows that two in three women reported that they or a woman they know experienced some form of violence and are more likely to face food insecurity.
On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, CitySpidey talked to activists and people who have been actively working towards women’s rights.
Veenu Kakkar, women’s rights and gender trainer says that these 16 days of activism remind us how important it is to bring to light such social issues and work on its solution. Further, she added, “These 16 days provide us an intersectional view of women's rights with respect to health, caste, class, and gender.” She pointed that women need to report crimes against them in order to seek redressal because the present data is scary enough but the amount of underreporting we see due to social discrimination and lack of adequate means, things, in reality, are even worse”.
Nikhil, a ‘Teach for India’ fellow talks about “creating solutions for a better tomorrow. During his classes has seen a lack of communication between young boys and girls, which tends to make boys more apprehensive about the other gender. He believes that gender equality can only be achieved when a young boy turns up and says what makes the concept of gender equality so difficult to be understood, for him”.
Shabnam Hashmi, a human rights campaigner and social activist pointed out “growing atrocities against women, adding that there is been a rise of about 42% in crimes against women. She says that we have seen crimes rising but the level with which it is increasing needs to be questioned”.
With the objective of providing equality and equal access to basic amenities, one needs to focus on each one of these differently. As a female, one is expected to choose between her choice and choice of others attached to her in one way or the other and the choice which she makes defines her identity and character. Her image will be problematic if she chooses herself over anything else.
Ms.Varsha,Psychology Professor University of Delhi says that violence against women is not only physical but emotional. Every day encounters with insults, criticism and sexist comments are part of it. She adds that it creates a feeling of worthlessness and lack of self-confidence. Thus an equal representation of women at all places and awareness of their rights to the masses is the only way forward to develop an orange world for them”.
Every aspect, whether social, political or physical should cater not only to needs but also to societal obligations so that any encounter with discrimination doesn't lead to some other.
Talking about gender equality, one needs to understand how having similar resources of learning, knowledge and schooling can uplift girls in ways which are transformative and effective. Ensuring equality in terms of gender gives us all the more clarity about how important that equality is in terms of education, health and quality life.
If each country is able to progress over time, we shall end up making a world where respect, dignity and choice will not be something to be asked for but will be the very basic root of any society regardless of class,caste, gender.