On April 18th, FEM and hundreds of others were out at Select Citywalk to take a pledge against committing or tolerating violence. Here is what the Hindu has to say about it:
Thanks to everyone that came out to Select Citywalk last night to say NO to violence! It was a successful, energetic event, which showed reason for optimism despite all the recent abhorrent news stories. Here is an article about the program.
And for photos from the event on Facebook, see here.
With the recent rape of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi, many other cases of child sexual abuse are coming to light. The abhorrence of all these incidents should continue to make us reflect on all that needs to be done to make our country a safer place – free from sexual violence.
From the Equal Community Foundation, is a report called “What About the Boys? Raising Men to End Violence Against Women.” The report explores how all boys in India can be given the space to reflect on gender-equitable behavior, something FEM firmly believes in.
MenCare made this inspiring short film about Steven of Sri Lanka, who took on an active parenting role after his wife went abroad for work. Seeing Steven ignore the demands of patriarchy for the betterment of his family is something we can all learn from.
The horror of rape never ends, but only certain instances seem to ignite society’s anger. This article is a reminder to always stand up for survivors of sexual abuse, and, like FEM, to always be trying to turn things around.
What should we do when collective compassion turns to despair? That is a common issue when dealing with rapes in our culture, and this article looks at rape as part of a bigger problem, and gives examples of alternative ways to prevent rape and other crimes. This includes analyzing the role of violence in young Indian men’s lives, resonating with FEM’s views that sexual violence is part of larger problems including the roles of masculinity.