Our first priority has to be safety of women. It is important for everyone- from government to corporate and individuals- to come together to make India a safer place for women to work and live. If you search the internet , there are numerous stories of girls being raped by cab drivers, molested by men on metros, killed for marrying a man of another caste, foot-binding, acid burning , child marriage happening in different parts of India wherever girls- young and old- are being troubled and killed for simply existing.
Once you feel unsafe in a place, it is hard to ever feel safe there again-one in three women and girls worldwide experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. It is the most pervasive human right violation in the world, every culture, every country ,every religion, every society, every time period, everywhere in the world – women are the ones who are more poor, they have less choice, less political voice , less mobility, less access to healthcare, less education they are more vulnerable to violence . The question is how are we going to end this? Well it is time we start taking it personally!
The year 2018, was full of mixed feelings. On one hand, there were many wins like #MeToo movement gaining attention in India and worldwide, many powerful men lost their jobs and they were forced to resign. Additionally a year that saw a number of women leaders being elected into workplace within our country, and many women voters showing up in US and India to vote corrupt and inept governments out of power.
On the other hand, it seems like a lot of work still needs to be done. Heads of government, from Donald Trump to Yogi Adityanath, continue to play down and demean women, relegating them to second – class citizenry. This cannot continue if we want to make women feel they live in a happy, safe and inclusive world.
We live in a country where 50 percent of the population still lives in terror and does not have same privileges as their male counterparts. Since it is that time of the year where we reflect upon our achievements in the past year and makes plans for the New Year, I have some suggestion on how every person can the driver of change when it comes to making women feel safe. We want to try to instigate as many men and boys as possible to advocate for change.
Woman safety: what can you and I do?
Everyone needs to decide and favourably agree that each person has the right to feel safe. Our constitution states that every individual is equal before the law. So why it is not reflected in practice? Women and girls all over the world must be allowed to access education, healthcare, choice of career, choice of marriage partner, or the right to wear what they want without any fear. They should not be chastised for the choice of garments, friends, and leisure activities.
Education in this regard is the need for the hour to dissolve taboos issues and to help men in the country understand and respect boundaries, and consent in order not to violate women’s right. As individuals, we can respect each other, let us be active bystanders where we prevent sexual violence and intervene when we see it happening and, most importantly, do not perpetuate it.
Role of the Government
The Government must guarantee that the legislation in force is implemented. What is the point of having women’s protection legislation if the system is restrictive and inhibiting? There is clearly a need to upgrade the infrastructure to safeguard women’s freedom.
Half of the Nirbhaya Fund is unused despite the hopeless need for efficient helplines, fast-track courts, delicate judicial officials, extensive and high-quality one-stop crisis centers and shelters and financing for women’s right education and advocacy programmes.
Despite the creation of numerous efficient laws and regulation by the Government of India to deal with and regulate offences against females, the amount and frequency of offences against females is growing on a daily basis. The position of women in the nation has been ore offensive and terrible in the last few years.
Women’s faith in their safety in their own nation has reduced. Women are in doubtful condition for their safety and fear while going anywhere else outside their home (office, market, etc.). We should not blame the government, because women’s safety is not just the duty of the government, it is the duty of every citizen of India, particularly the people who need it.
A study that ranked India as the most dangerous place due to its elevated incidence of sexual violence , absence of access to justice in rape instances , child marriage , feticide and trafficking in human being . India outstripped nations like Syria and Afghanistan – second and third- that are presently at war.
The government has performed little to safeguard females since the contentious rape and murder of a young student in 2012 caused extensive outrage and change in the country’s rape legislation. Swati Sharma, a young, innocent kid from Aligarh who had so much to look forward to in life, but was killed and killed as a result of a monetary conflict between her parents and the guilty party.
If news is to be believed, the guilty party had, in the past, supposedly been harassing his own daughter. The world is shocked and angry. Twitter is blazing with individuals, including celebrities rallying together, urging the government to take serious action against the guilty parties. Safety and the right to live without fear is the right of every citizen.
Unfortunately, this is being robbed of females. New Delhi, the capital, has reported some of the largest number of rapes in India. The 2012 gang rape and the murder of a student on a bus in the city frightened the world, led to candle marches and nationwide protests. At a moment like this, when I see no light at the end of the tunnel, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is proposing free public transport for females in the capital to enhance women’s safety.
Women’s safety in India is a major issue today. We can not say that females are secure in India by seeing offences against females in particular in the domestic capital in the last few years. Women usually feel scared when they go out to their home by themselves.
The sad truth of the nation is that its women people live with fear all the time. Personal safety of females has been an issue of significance to every citizen of India. In order to enhance the safety status of females in India, the following are some tips for women’s security.
Some Tips Regarding Women Safety
- Self-defense techniques are the first and foremost thing that every female must be conscious of and have adequate self-defense training for their safety.
- They need to be conscious of some efficient defense methods, such as groin kicks, blocking punches, etc. Generally, most females are endowed with the sixth sense that they have to use whenever they have a issue.
- They should at once prevent any scenario that they feel bad about.
- Escape and operate is also a nice way to decrease some of the hazards females face when they’re in trouble.
- They should never go alone with any unknown individual in some unknown location.
- Women must understand and feel their physical power and use it accordingly. They should never feel that they are weaker than men and take some self-defense training.
- They should be careful to communicate with someone on the Internet in cyberspace.
- Pepper spray can also be shown to be a useful self-defense tool, but it has a drawback that some people can not be harmed by it even after full-face spraying. It may not stop the attacker, so that women do not depend entirely on it and use other techniques as well.
- They must have all the emergency numbers with them, and what if possible, so that they can tell their family members and the police immediately.
- Women should be very aware when riding a vehicle and going on any journey. They have to lock all the vehicle doors while travelling with their own or private vehicle.
While we had a woman prime minister, a woman president, and presently a woman minister of finance, and a woman defense minister, we have mainly had a gender non-inclusive legislature. At 12%, India is one of the laggards among its colleagues in the representation of females in Parliament.
Democratic India has half the representation of females observed in the Chinese legislature. The scenario is not very encouraging even in the case of the judiciary, where, as a country, we are celebrating only the first example of three female magistrates sitting in the 68-year history of the country’s Supreme Court.
Despite repeated offences against females and young girls, India does not yet have a prevalent database of sexual offenders. Registration and notification schemes for sex offenders have been created around the globe over the last 20 years. Since 1994, 18 more nations have implemented some type of law on the registration of sex offenders.
We can strengthen women’s leadership, by enhancing their representation and meaningful participation in displaced community and camp management committees, in decision making, and in dispute resolution systems, by enhancing their access to and control over services and resources, promoting their rights and leadership skills.
We can improve the capacity of women and girls, including by allowing them to have access to quality education, including secondary education, in a secure classroom environment and by improving food security, livelihood possibilities, liberty of motion and financial independence.
The Government should provide data, counselling, medical and psychosocial care to females and girls at risk, as well as access to secure homes when faced with domestic violence and abuse or assault by other members of the society, particularly where there are no mechanisms to remove offenders; provide for emergency voluntary relocation, e.g. to another town or camp, or emergency resettlement;
Women make up nearly half of the world’s population. It is of the utmost significance that females also enjoy equal opportunities in all walks of life and have the liberty to make their own choices and decisions.
Women are known to have made an extraordinary contribution to making the world as we see it today, be it Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Betty William, Virginia Woolf, and many others who fought for their rights and stood up for their beliefs against all odds, or Kalpana Chawla, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Indra Nooyi, etc. who broke down all the barriers in their paths to success and influence.
Women empowerment in society promotes equality between women and men and helps women by offering them with strength and bravery to be the decision-maker of their own life. Women’s empowerment in India has attained power with the assistance of women’s welfare organizations by offering them with all the necessary assistance.