Violence against women is the most common form of human rights violation in India. In some parts of India it is so deeply ingrained, that women are trapped in a life of violence. Shame, stigma and a lack of support from the police and the legal system prevent many women from reporting domestic violence and seeking help.
How The Asian Circle are fighting violence against women in India
The Asian Circle is working with Oxfam in rural Adivasi communities in Chhattisgarh and Odisha to challenge the social acceptance of sexual and domestic violence against women.
There’s a long road ahead but together we are already changing lives.
We are helping the government, the police and judiciary to apply the laws that protect women, and setting up support centres that offer medical care, legal advice, counselling and shelters for survivors of gender-based violence.
We have also launched a state-wide campaign to raise awareness of and change attitudes towards violence against women.
Progress so far
In Chhattisgarh state, there has been State-Level Consultation on the State Gender Equality Policy, a policy which was not revisited for more than a decade. Women from across the state participated to reflect their concerns and issues on the policy gaps.
In Odisha, “Gender Times” sessions were organised at colleges, which increased engagement of adolescents and youth groups with gender issues.
In 2017-2018 alone, the project supported 273 survivors of gender-based violence and held workshops on gender and violence against women with more than 6,000 people.
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The Circle strives to support projects that are working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Global Goal 5, Gender Equality.
This project targets Goal 5’s Target 5.2: To end all violence against and exploitation of women and girls. This target aims to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.