10 Ways in which Men can Prevent Violence against Women

Women empowerment has become a significant topic of discussion in regards to development of a nation. In India, there are several NGOs working towards the same and doing a commendable job. But in this world full of atrocities against women, where majority of the crimes are committed by men, a few questions are raised  – why is there a need of empowering only the women and ignoring education of men in this regard? Is Women Empowerment meant only for women?

Women empowerment has become a significant topic of discussion in regards to development of a nation. In India, there are several NGOs working towards the same and doing a commendable job. But in this world full of atrocities against women, where majority of the crimes are committed by men, a few questions are raised  – why is there a need of empowering only the women and ignoring education of men in this regard? Is Women Empowerment meant only for women?

So today, WhatteTrend brings to you a story which would answer these questions and reveal how a few organizations are doing exactly what is required.

Partnership between the Centre for Social Research (CSR) & The Asia Foundation

In 2013, Centre for Social Research & The Asia Foundation came together to fight against the discrimination and violence against women by engaging men and boys. They identified three target groups in Delhi in three different settings – (a) Secondary schools (b) Police stations and (c) Community groups.

In schools, the aim was to reach out to young teenagers; in police stations, the aim was to improve police officers’ response to women and in community groups, to empower community men and boys so that they can proactively respond to violence within communities. In order to accomplish a gender equitable society, this was a much needed step so that males could also reflect upon their roles and responsibilities towards females.

Also, many a times, men are the passive partners in committing a violence, or a silent observer making no attempt to stop the violence. Thus, its necessary to empower such men and boys by educating them to take positive steps in controlling and ending violence against women.

First-of-a-kind “Charter for Men” Unveiled

Today in a Press Meet, organized by CSR & The Asia Foundation, a first-of-its-kind “Charter for Men” on Preventing Violence Against Women was unveiled. This charter mentioned a set of guidelines for active involvement of men as agents of change.

It was proposed that the charter should be displayed in all the offices and institutions across the country. It would also be shared with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Have a look at the Charter below that mentions 10 ways in which men can contribute in preventing violence against women –

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This was unveiled by an esteemed panel including Ms Vandana Gupta (Member of Parliament), Ms Sundari Nanda (Sp Commissioner for Women Safety, Delhi Police), Ms Anki Das (Head of Policy Research, Facebook) and Ms Ranjana Kumari (Director, CSR) among others.

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A man plays many roles in his life – that of a father, brother, husband, a friend or a colleague. But its time for all the men to play the most important role – being the real MARD!!

How cool will it be to have this Charter displayed everywhere as well as followed by men across the country..!!

What-an-Initiative!!

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