Sexual Harassment is any unsolicited stare, glare, whistle, touch or any act that makes a woman feel sexually violated Every second there are 1000s and 10s of 1000s of women who experience various forms of sexual harassment.
A child goes missing in India
Women have experienced sexual harassment
of women and girls in India feel vulnerable
in confined public transport.
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of women feel unsafe walking in
deserted lanes and in dark alleys.
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Awareness, Judgement and Response can
help a woman address sexual harassment.
Going beyond the facts and figures, what pierces the conscience further is the constant insecurity that has grown into women and seeped in, to form an inherent bundle of fear. Her fear lives in the way she dresses, the way she sits and the way she walks. It is every woman’s right to feel safe and trust her space. How has that come to be regarded as luxury? Durga strives to create a world that just lets her be.
The daily news screams of extreme violence against women, of third degree crime like rape and murder which is received with clicking of tongues and disapprovals. Incredulously enough, other forms of crime against women like stares, glares, whistles, touch are warmly wrapped in the blanket of social acceptance. No crime can be shrugged away as trivial, because crime doesn’t come in sizes. Acceptance of this daily tormenting will only further encourage third degree crime. This highlights the significance of having openhearted conversations about it. Every second, there are a million women and girls who experience this form of harassment.
Unlike the west, Indian girls are not educated with deterrence skills, nor exposed to the concept of sexual harassment in form of free discussions. A girl’s issue is hardly ever received with respect. At best, she is made to dismiss it saying 'boys will be boys'! At worst, the blame shifts to the victim herself. 'Why did you smile and talk to him, surely it’s your fault!' Durga listens to her instead.
Jyothi Singh, a simple girl from Delhi and victim to a brutal assault on December 2012 set aflame a passionate surge of emotion from across India. An explosion of concerns for women and girls broke out and India came together as one voice, asking for our safety. Moved to pieces, the nation became a whole. We were shaken with a common concern that bound us together and multiplied our strength. Interesting solutions emerged rapidly. An improvement in advocacy, policing, respect for rights and technology for women safety was called for and the united effort brought forth an unimaginable change for the country.
A girl must be tactfully educated with the understanding of boundaries and equipped with the ability to gauge the appropriateness of behavior. Durga focuses on fortifying girls with effective response strategies to inappropriate conduct.
Where do we stand today in taking measures for safety?
women take up physical self defence classes.
Communities to talk about sexual harassment for a young girl
Durga steps in to bridge this void. We believe that womanhood is to be loved, not feared. At Durga, we speak about everyday struggles that our silenced or dismissed and spell out what is silently conveyed. Durga replaces silence with a voice.