In many societies, fathers are thought of as disciplinarians and providers. But now there’s a global fatherhood campaign to encourage fathers to increase their participation in their children lives. Organizers say the Men Care Campaign benefits the children, the men themselves, and helps reduce violence against women.
This article shows that it is in the best interest of children when their parents break down gender roles. When the father takes on a more caretaking role, the child is less likely to develop behavioral and emotional problems, and will also grow up without rigid views of gender.
With the recent string of violent rapes in West Bengal, civil society has gathered to protest in Kolkata. With the government showing how insensitive it is to issues of women’s safety, it is important that these protests continue in order to spread awareness and change mindsets.
In West Bengal lately, there have been multiple rapes and murders. And when citizens respond with peaceful protests, they get arrested. Rape culture is prevalent in many Indian settings, and politicians are not adequately responding. It is important for us to be aware of these issues in all corners of the country if we are going to create incremental change. This is a very thorough analysis of the rapes and rape culture in West Bengal:
This is a very nice article illustrating how international organizations like Promundo, and Sonke Gender Justice, as well as the campaign MenCare, engage fathers in the quest for gender equality. MenCare, despite being less than 2 years old, works in 16 countries, showing that work with men on gender issues is gaining momentum, and that there is a profound need for this kind of work.
Last December, a young woman we call “Nirbhaya” was so brutally assaulted and raped by six men on a bus that she died from her injuries two weeks later. She was barely older than my daughter Mira. Grieving, I looked for solace in student memories. I had resisted going to a women’s college at Delhi University, but a few years later at Mount Holyoke, a college for women in Massachusetts, I discovered a world where no one had to remind you to “lean in” because every woman already had her shoulder to the wheel and was moving the needle on everything from microbiology to challenging history with herstory. I was surrounded by women who wrote poetry, discussed politics, dismantled engines, designed buildings, managed newspapers, and danced for the joy of being able to do so. It was a world where women were not less than but equal to – a world, as the playwright Wendy Wasserstein put it, of “Uncommon Women.”
Why is there such tolerance of violence against women from the Northeast in Delhi? Violence against all women should be taken seriously and carefully investigated, and this piece from Kafila shows how far we are from that reality.