Eliminating Violence Against Women: A Responsibility We All Share

“Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.”

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General, United Nations

Up to 7 in 10 women around the world will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, and in India, the threat of violence can begin even before a baby girl is born, with abortions of female foetuses leading to a gender imbalance across the country. In a further cruel twist of fate, one of the outcomes of this gender imbalance – that in some districts it is increasingly hard for men to find women to marry – has led to further violence and abuse of women and girls in the form of human trafficking.

As the BBC reports, bride trafficking has become prevalent, with girls bought from their families in other states while still young to be married to local men. The girls not only suffer numerous human rights violations such as being denied an education but they can also experience physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their husbands, essentially leading the life of slaves, and they may also be ostracised by the community who see them as outsiders.

With the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women taking place earlier this week, the BBC’s report The Story of India’s Salve Brides, in which it presents a number of short videos documenting the stories of those involved – a trafficked bride, an activist, but also a trafficker as well – goes some way to raising awareness of this critically important issue.

At LetzChange we are proud to be associated with a number of NGOs listed on our platform that are addressing both the causes and the consequences of human trafficking, and many others promoting the welfare and rights of women. One such NGO, Prerana (Mumbai) runs a rehabilitation programme where girls rescued from human trafficking are helped to recover from their physical and psychological wounds. The girls are also assisted with the legal aid process and receive vocational training in simple skills so that once they leave the centre they are more able to be self-reliant.

As Secretary General of the UN Bank Ki-moon says, the starting point for ending violence against women and girls is to challenge the culture and discrimination that allows it to continue. However, for many unfortunate women and girls across the country, that opportunity has been and gone. There is therefore a growing need to support NGOs such as Prerana that are picking up the pieces for these girls, supporting them on their long and arduous journey towards rehabilitation and a brighter future.

If you would like to stand by these girls too, please visit LetzChange to find out more and make a donation here.

A ‘Prerana’ For Everyone!

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To accomplish great things one must not only plan, but also believe that one person can make a difference by finding a purpose to serve.

Ms. Priti Patkar, co­founder, Prerana Anti­ Human Trafficking was presented with the prestigious Human Rights Award at the 13th Annual Global Leadership Awards in Washington DC, USA earlier this week on the 17th June.  A fantastic achievement by a great woman, who has selflessly devoted her life to the rescue, protection, and rehabilitation of human trafficking victims in India.

Aphotic, dirty and dangerous are few of the words that best describe human­ trafficking. At a time when young children should study, plan their career and above all else enjoy their childhood, they are forced to enter the world of commercial sex and other exploitative and abusive activities. Often summed up as a ‘compelled service’, human­ trafficking has become a global threat to vulnerable men, women and children. Violence and coercion are used to sexually exploit women and young girls and force individuals to work with little or no pay; this is what Prerana is trying to end. Volunteers at Prerana work with passion and hand grip the task of equitably distributing human rights to all human beings.

Ms. Priti Patkar’s dreamt of a world free of human trafficking and made small efforts to make a great difference. LetzChange have joined hands with Prerana to help them reach their goals, committing to match (double) all donations made for Prerana on letzchange.org.

The LetzChange team congratulates Ms Patkar for the fantastic accolade that she has been conferred with and feels proud to be associated with Prerana.

Please show your support for Ms Patkar, Pratham, and of course the vulnerable children they continue to protect by making a donation on LetzChange.

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