According to UNHCR, Gender-based Violence consists of, “harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality the abuse of power and harmful norms. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious violation of human rights and a life-threatening health and protection issue. It is estimated that one in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime. During displacement and times of crisis, the threat of GBV significantly increases for women and girls."
Gender-based violence is deeply seeped into societies and is not limited to sexual and/or physical violence alone. GBV also manifests through the forms of mental, emotional, economic and structural violence against women and girls. UNHCR has created strategies to address and prevent GBV all around the world. It has created GBV Programming (prevention and response) and Risk Mitigation strategies to address this issue.
Gender-Based Violence is rampant all around the world. The various forms it manifests through make it a very complex issue to address with full efficiency. Especially since 2020, the world has been reeling under the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. While it's consequences on human life and health have been painful and catastrophic, it has also led to major damages to the economic realities of people and the economic structures globally.
There has been a massive effect of COVID-19 in the arena of Gender-based Violence. In what has now been termed as the "Shadow Pandemic", emerging data and reports from those on the front lines show that since the outbreak of COVID-19, all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. This issue has increased due to the very measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as shutdowns, social distancing and other forms of restrictions on movement "Stay-at-home measures are compounding perpetrators' use of mechanisms of power and control to isolate victims of VAWG. Unemployment, economic instability and stress may lead offenders to feel a loss of that power, which in turn may exacerbate the frequency and severity of their abusive behaviour.
At the same time, the crisis is generating additional barriers for women and girls' access to essential life-saving services such as counselling and justice resources, and legal advice; sexual health and other crucial medical assistance; and the provision of refuge. In this context, as victim-survivors are further isolated from assistance and social support networks, the negative health and well-being impacts worsen, and the risks of more lethal and extreme violence increase. As the world is distracted by the pandemic, many perpetrators take on an ever-greater sense of impunity, assuming that they have the freedom to act without restriction.
Our main objective is to address the issue of Gender-based Violence. The action-plan regarding the same is focused around the two strategies laid down by UNHCR in their fight against GBV. These strategies are:
Our action plan includes Field Surveys, Sensitization activities which will take place through captive audio-visual forms like Street Plays (Nukkad Natak) as well as seminar sessions for the public. These activities act as the launching-off point for engagement with the community. The project also branches off into various active engagements that will take place on a regular basis. Counselling and educational sessions on GBV sensitization, accompanied by interactive, communicative and engaging activities which serve as ice-breakers and, create a secure environment for mental, emotional, cultural and physical empowerment of women and girls.
Through engaging in Yoga, Meditation and various mental health sessions, a positive Emotional Quotient is created within the survivors which creates a more secure and uplifting environment. The focus groups also includes young boys as well as men as they are important stakeholders in addressing the issue of Gender-based Violence. Participants from all genders take part in physical activities together to break the norms of gendered sports and hobbies. Simulation activities are done where real-life scenarios are created and issues are addressed through alternative solutions created by participants themselves. Skill based training is given to survivors which helps them in acquiring important skills for livelihood sustenance and economic upliftment.
As stated the objective of the project is to create safe spaces for addressing issues of Gender-based Violence.
Sensitization, counselling, physical activities, yoga, meditation, skills training- all of these play a very important role in addressing the issue at it's core. They create a holistic and positive environment where awareness and knowledge can be disseminated amongst children as well as young adults who have not yet been victims of or perpetrated GBV. Building of awareness and a more well-rounded respectful approach towards one-another helps in creating more positive individuals. These sessions are massively helpful to the survivors who are given a safe space to address their traumas and overcome them.
At the same time, these activities are instruments of ‘response’ to the already prevalent issue of GBV. Victims have a safe space for the addressal of issues as well as education regarding the same. Interaction and engagement serve as community-binding factors. Skills training give women an opportunity towards attaining economic and hence, solo-cultural self-sufficiency.
The inclusion of boys and men in the project makes sure that the responsibility of addressing and dealing with the vice of Gender-based Violence does not fall on women and girls alone. To create an empowered and uplifted society that is free of GBV, it is important to include the male population as important stakeholders in this change.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
At Ladli Foundation, we firmly believe in the power of the people as drivers of change and betterment. It’s only when we all come together to work towards and contribute towards the betterment of the underprivileged, that real lasting change can happen.
We encourage you to be a part of this process of change and path of bettering the lives of those in need.
You can contribute in this process in various ways:
Monetary contribution: For provision of basic needs to the underprivileged; for equipping us at Ladli with the means and tools to implement our strategies of change on ground.
Donations in the form of clothing, blankets and other basic necessities that survivors of Gender-based Violence require immediately.
Offering therapy sessions to the survivors (qualifications required).
Participating in mental health sessions for a better awareness of the cause that will equip you with the knowledge to help others.
Initiating and participating in parallel US-based awareness campaigns regarding Gender-based Violence.
Volunteering with us, whether in India or USA.
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