Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic
Written by Nandini Arora
Sexual violence is a global pandemic. One in three women experience sexual or physical violence – most likely from their intimate partner, according to a report from the World Health Organization. There is an urgent need to increase sensitisation regarding sexual violence and the awareness of consent and sexual violence amongst persons at large. In this series, we examine sexual violence and related issues that have come up in the news, on a weekly basis, published every Saturday. This is an attempt to improve awareness regarding incidents of sexual violence and related matters, so that we, as a society can take steps towards collective action to reduce its incidence. It is an effort to ensure that we acknowledge the rampant sexual violence that exists, lest we forget.
This issue looks at 24th November – 1st December 2017.
‘SHe-box’ – Report Sexual Harassment at Workplace
The ‘SHe-box’, which stands for ‘Sexual Harassment Electronic Box’ was recently launched by the Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development in an attempt to provide a faster remedy to women facing sexual harassment at workplace. This step was taken by the MWCD in the wake of the worldwide social media campaign #MeToo, where women related their experience of facing sexual harassment and abuse. The portal can be accessed at the link given below:
Link to the SHe-Box portal: http://shebox.nic.in/
Richa Chadha on why we’re a long way from exposing Weinsteins of B’wood
Bollywood actress, Richa Chadha blames the culture of victim-shaming in India for women in the entertainment industry not speaking up against harassment. “In India, when there is a rape, what we hear first is, ‘what was she wearing?’”, she said.
Documentary about sexual harassment wins Best Documentary at Film Festival
A documentary film called Jeevan, Ek Ehsaas, won the Best Documentary Award at the Mumbai Asian Film Festival. The film talked about sexual harassment and eve teasing in Maharashtra and attempted to create awareness about teaching girls about safe and unsafe touches.
Delhi HC orders JNU Sexual Harassment panel to hand over records to ICC
Following a plea filed by teachers and students of JNU, the Delhi High Court ordered the records of pending complaints be taken out and forwarded to the ICC so that the they can process inquiries into the pending complaints.
Study reveals women in Delhi have to compromise on quality education due to safety concerns
A study conducted by a PHd student at Brown University revealed that women studying at Delhi University choose to compromise on the quality of colleges and have to settle on colleges which have safer routes.
Tom Hanks feels optimistic following the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal
Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks, recently spoke about his views on the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood. He said that none of the reports of sexual harassment surprise him and that he is well aware of the dark side of the industry. However, he remains optimistic about the change and feels it is never too late to learn new behaviours.
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