Despite increased participation of women in world politics, it still remains a male dominated world. The consequences of the same is widespread violence and atrocities that women and girls face across the globe, especially in the underdeveloped countries. Ironically, India got their first women Prime Minister in the year 1966, while United States is yet have a woman President. But, having women leaders doesn’t mean that society has become safe and secure for women.
Globally, 35 per cent of women have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. As per the National Crime Records Bureau, 2015 saw the registration of 3,27,394 cases under the head of Crimes against Women in India. Overall, the national capital has the highest rate of crimes against women. With 17,104 cases, Delhi recorded a crime rate of 184.3 per 1 lakh female population. The north eastern state, Assam is second with 23,258 cases and a rate of 148.2 suggesting widespread violence across the length and breadth of the country.
Working in the social development sector, especially on the projects related to women empowerment, Fiinovation strongly believes that violence against women is a human rights violation. Women comprises of 49 per cent of the Indian population, despite that they are subject to violence (both domestic and external), discrimination and injustices. Ironically, one of the largest democracies of the world doesn’t have any law for marital rapes. It is understandable that being a patriarchal society, violence against women and girls is a consequence of discrimination. This discrimination can be observed in law and also in practice highlighting the persistent inequalities plaguing the Indian society.
Fiinovation analyses that challenges to efforts to prevent and end violence against women is mostly related to funding shortfall. As violence against women impact progress in many areas such as poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, peace and security, etc. therefore, the UN General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, inviting all stakeholders to engage in activities that create public awareness. Today, there is a global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and significant challenge to the sustainable development goals. Yet, such violence is being witnessed every day around the world.
The ongoing theme “Orange The World” calls for global action to eliminate violence, increase resources and promote solutions. Fiinovation believes that on this day, the world will be lit in orange, symbolizing a bright future for women and girls.
Let us dedicate our lives to keep the orange lights shining, upholding the human rights while eliminating all instances of violence against women and girls.
By Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation