International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women
By: Visakha, Diamond
Published On: November 24, 2021
Violence against women, as defined by the United Nations, is “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” (Source: UN.org) To bring attention to this grave concern and move towards eradicating violence against women and girls, the UN has designated the 25th of November as the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.
Violence Against Women During COVID-19
As per the National Crime Record, crimes against women in India increased by 7.3% between 2018 to 2019 - with “cruelty by husband or relatives” ranking the highest amongst the registered cases, followed by “kidnapping, abduction, rape.” Furthermore, with COVID-19 restrictions and worldwide lockdown in 2020, women in abusive households bore the additional brunt of the pandemic, one that occurred within the dark corners of what was supposed to be their ‘safe space’.
Data and reports from front line workers have shown that domestic violence during COVID-19 increased to a great degree. It was even termed as “The Shadow Pandemic” in order to raise awareness and bring global attention to the intensifying issue of violence against women amidst the pandemic.
Orange For Change
This year, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) recognises the theme as “Orange The World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.” Orange stands as a colour that represents a bright future, and the theme intends to encourage young girls to be a part of the orange movement so as to empower and educate them on women’s laws and issues.
VAWG falls under the larger umbrella of human rights violence but needs more awareness. VAWG can be categorised into multiple types, but less distribution of information over the years has perpetuated the dismissal of many such categories of abuse.
The more we raise awareness about the myriad of possible forms of abuse women are faced with, the more we can help prevent the same by calling for global action and making collective efforts as a society to work towards a safer environment for women.
Crowdfunding for Women’s Welfare
Many NGOs aim to work towards uplifting and empowering women. However, long-term and consistent costs comprising resources, rent and more means that they require sufficient funding to keep their programs running. This is where crowdfunding can be a ray of hope for those wishing to contribute and make a difference towards such initiatives. By raising funds online for women’s welfare, crowdfunding can garner financial as well as moral support for those in need.
For example, two sisters, Nisha and Gullistan, suffered major burns from an acid attack by their brother in law. To undergo reconstructive surgeries, the two needed sufficient funding. That is when they turned to crowdfunding on ImpactGuru and refused to let the tragedy deter their spirit. While this is just one example of abuse faced by women in domestic households, we need to raise more awareness about the availability of help for women - be it through fundraisers or by donations to the same.
Let’s Make a Difference Together
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