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16 reasons, 16 days

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A fundraising appeal for the 2017 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence.
Why should you support us? What do we do?

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16 reasons, 16 days

  1. 1. WHY SUPPORT OUR WORK PRESENTING 16 REASONS FOR 16 DAYS The 2017 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence
  2. 2. 57 % of Indian girls marry before turning 18 compared to 36% globally. Girls married very young are twice as likely to report being beaten, slapped or threatened by their husbands. It’s never too early to start the conversation about gender equality and violence. Prajnya campaign calendars have regularly included age-appropriate awareness activities for students.
  3. 3. 1 in 3 women have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organisation. “Gender violence does not happen to people like us.” Prajnya campaign activities seek to make violence visible. Our Ribbon Plants and our Mannequins, where each ribbon or sticker represented a victim or survivor, fill up within a day or two, reminding people that violence is everywhere.
  4. 4. Official figures in 2015 stated that 24,771 dowry deaths were reported over the previous three years. The Prajnya Gender Violence in India Report regularly compiles available data on gender violence and offers perspective on the numbers. Other campaign information initiatives include ‘factboxes’ in the media, op- eds and features.
  5. 5. 25% of married Indian women surveyed have experienced physical or sexual violence and 10% emotional violence, according to NFHS 3. It is more likely the longer she is married; if she goes out to work and if she thinks husbands have a right to be violent with their spouses. “Gender violence is never ever justified.” This is the refrain that runs through our neighbourhood chats, our social media engagement and our student programmes.
  6. 6. 54% of women participating in the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 3) believed that a husband is justified in beating his wife. Since 2014, Gender Equality Mobilisers have expanded the reach of the Prajnya campaign by taking the message into their own spheres, social and professional. The GEMS have hosted discussion groups, created resources including story-telling videos and organised events like cycling rallies and runs to raise awareness.
  7. 7. Women are killed by relatives in the name of family honour for all sorts of presumed misdemeanours from being raped to premarital sex--an old UN estimate speculated this number 5000 a year. Getting people to share their experiences and express themselves is part of the process of ending the silence around gender-based violence. Theatre workshops, poetry readings and concerts have been a regular campaign feature, bringing the personal into the public sphere. In 2016, we added letter-writing to this.
  8. 8. The National Crime Records Bureau has found that more than 90 women are raped every day and 75% of rapists are known to their victims. Self-defence has regularly featured in our campaigns as a tool for building physical confidence. What we promote an end to gender-based violence based on equality, not protection, avoidance and prohibition.
  9. 9. Initially and usually perpetrated for personal reasons, acid attacks have the effect of deterring girls from entering and working in public spaces. Our campaign interventions stress that gender-based violence is not just an interpersonal issue; it is also a public health challenge and an economic issue. Prajnya campaigns have organised special interactions between stakeholders as well as Public Fora on violence, public health and public safety.
  10. 10. One in three Indian women who have undergone sterilisation has done so without their consent. A campaign to end gender violence must include discussions on rights and access, as our campaign does, through real and virtual symposia, lectures and media interventions.
  11. 11. Women with a history of experiencing violence are less likely to negotiate condom use, making them vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Campaigns have explored the gender violence- health interface through training sessions on mental health and violence, as training for nurses on responding to signs of violence and discussions with health care providers.
  12. 12. Research shows that children who witness violence in their early years are likely to become abusive adults. Boys are more likely to be abusers; girls are more likely to justify and receive abuse. When we recognise that violence is not normal, acceptable or justified, we will end the silence that protects perpetrators. At Prajnya, we create settings that make it possible to speak out--multi-generational conversations, closed discussions on parenting and cyber-safety, even tea-parties for service providers!
  13. 13. Over 68% of child domestic workers surveyed in a regional Indian study reported physical abuse, of which more than 20% were coerced into sexual intercourse. Campaign programmes are usually planned in partnership with like-minded organisations or institutions, and we learn from each partner. Campaign relationships are coalitions for change.
  14. 14. The journey from the Vishaka Guidelines (1997) to the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (2013) took 16 years. How long for universal compliance? Every campaign since 2008 has included training or workshops on workplace sexual harassment.
  15. 15. Women with disabilities are more likely to be abused by their partners than those without. With each campaign, our own understanding deepens and new dimensions enter our programme agenda, from disability to sexuality to gender normativity—we learn all the time even as we share information with the community.
  16. 16. Women senior citizens outnumber men in India but economic dependence makes older Indian women, especially widows, vulnerable to humiliation and neglect by their families. Vulnerabilities overlay and reinforce each other. Prajnya campaigns place the spotlight on these intersections as part of the work of ending deeply embedded patterns of violence in society.
  17. 17. Abduction and rape of women across conflict lines is now recognized as a war crime. Girls are also abducted and trafficked to perform labour for the armed forces and groups within conflict zones. Violence is experienced as a continuum. Prajnya campaign programmes engage with that continuum, addressing personal choices at one end and conflict and displacement at another.
  18. 18. How to support the Prajnya 16 Days Campaign By Cheque or DD (drawn on Chennai) Payable to “The Prajnya Trust” Email us at prajnyatrust@gmail.com for our postal address, please. By Electronic Transfer Details for electronic transfer available at http://prajnya.in/give YOU
  19. 19. Thank you! Feel free to get in touch! prajnyatrust@gmail.com http://prajnya.in/16days https://www.facebook.com/prajnya16dayscampaign @prajnya on Twitter