Dear Friends of Women without Borders,
Tomorrow, we are presenting the results of our work against Gender-Based Violence in India with our longtime partner, Archana Kapoor. Peace Starts at Home! is a model project for positive male participation and action. This model is a first step towards and the basis for a countrywide campaign in India. We developed a manual to teach social workers and NGOs how to work with men and women on developing constructive paths out of violence, and Archana produced a documentary of workshops held with women in Tamilnadu, India.
For more information, please read the article attached below.
All best from Vienna,
Edit Schlaffer and the Women without Borders / SAVE Team
Against Gender-Based Violence
Peace starts at home, and not on the world stage: project and film presentation.
Violence against women is a taboo topic in India; there are almost no facilities in which women can openly speak out against domestic violence. Gender-based violence is not the victims’ private problem, and men’s aggression or cultural practices may not be used to excuse gender-based violence. Violence against women must be addressed and freed from taboos.
The National Family Health Survey India (NFHS) clearly states that 21 percent of married women in India have been abused by their husbands, in-laws, or others since the age of 15. Every three minutes, a crime is committed against a woman, a woman is raped every 29 minutes, and every 77 minutes a dowry-death is recorded.
Campaign Start Against the Taboo
“Men have strength, but not for hurting!” is the slogan of Women without Borders’ anti-violence campaign and the sensitivity trainings they conducted in New Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, and Mumbai with their Indian partner Archana Kapoor, founder and director of the NGO SMART.
The Federal Ministry for Labor, Social Affairs, and Consumer Protection (BMASK) supported the project. Peace Starts at Home! is a model project for positive male participation and action. This model is a first step towards and the basis for a countrywide campaign in India.
In cooperation with local and international experts and based on a survey carried out in families affected by violence, a training manual was developed to teach social workers and NGOs how to work with men and women on developing constructive paths out of violence.
“Peace Starts at Home, and then Moves to the World Stage”
This is the slogan of the Women without Borders’ Indian campaign launched in the framework of this project. Archana Kapoor produced a film to accompany the project that can be used as a basis for training as well as a motor for a national and international consciousness-raising campaign.