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Would fewer men harass women sexually, if the subject were openly discussed in families? #ShareYourStory and break the silence at home!
Sexual harassment is such an everyday occurrence for the Indian woman that somewhere, we have learnt to accept it as a ‘normal’ part of lives. And what is accepted by society only grows!
Research shows that 90% of women in India have been harassed at least once in their lives. But it’s time to change it. Every girl and woman has the right to the streets and the skies, just like any man.
How do we make men a part of ending sexual harassment against women? To end Sexual Harassment, the conversation needs to begin at home.
That’s why Women’s Web is proud to be a partner of the new Breakthrough campaign #ShareYourStory. Read on to know more!
As part of this campaign, we invite women to write an open letter to their sons, talking about their experience of sexual harassment they have been through. (If you don’t have a son, imagine what you would say, or assume you are writing to a young friend, cousin or nephew).
You can also share a video too, where you talk about your experience, addressed to your son (or another young man).
The aim is to begin conversations at home and get young men to empathize with women, rather than view them as objects to harass.
To stop sexual harassment at every place, whether the street, home or office, we need to sensitize young men, on what a woman goes through facing it in her day to day life. Men need to stop believing too that there is ever anything cute or romantic about harassing a woman.
Hearing the truth from a woman in your own family can make more young men understand that sexual harassment is not fun and not ‘teasing’ but a scary, humiliating experience for women. Further, these young men can become champions in their own networks, teaching their friends why sexual harassment is neither ‘brave’ nor ‘fun’.
Submit your #ShareYourStory posts or video before 10th December.
All chosen blogposts and videos will be published on the Women’s Web’s site as well as at Breakthrough.
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For International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, let's look at how we 'accept' mothers who avenge violence against their kids, but not wives who fight back.
The silver screen is replete with depictions of male rage and men engaging in violence, but when women engage in violence, even when it is reactionary violence, it doesn’t sit right with us. We allow mothers (as portrayed in Sridevi’s Mom and Raveena Tandon’s Maatr) to avenge their daughters and resort to violence when all else fails, but when the abuser is an intimate partner, the rules appear to be different.
Depictions of female rage on screen garner mixed reactions. We root for protagonists and films we agree with like Mom or Maatr, but there are also films like Darlings which drew flak for its depictions of reactionary violence.
This begs the question, which women on screen are allowed to fight back and why do we root for some of these characters while refusing to see where others come from?
This Generation To Generation Violence towards A Daughter-in-law Needs To Stop!
It is ironic how women in the same home do not think twice before harassing a woman who left her parents and family behind to live with her husband.
“My daughter needs a husband who listens to her. He should leave his family to stay with her after marriage. He should be well-off and not let her do chores.”
“I also need an obedient daughter-in-law, who will be an unpaid servant and a punching bag who shouldn’t have a life of her own.”
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