Doctoral Workshop, Tradition vs Modernity : Issues and Perspectives, ACTS Academy of Higher Education, Bangalore, 10.7.2017.

Violence against Women is one of the most pervasive violations of human rights in the world, one of the least prosecuted crimes, and one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development.  We often see in newspapers about gang rape, rape of infants, domestic violence and many others. And we all know that we have to do much more to respond to the cries for justice of women and children who have suffered and who are suffering from violence. Statistics say that 9 out of 10 women face violence while only one out of ten men faces that.  Around one in three girls in some developing countries is married as a child bride; almost 140 million girls and women have suffered female genital mutilation, and millions of women and girls are trafficked in modern-day slavery and raped. It is time for action. If left unaddressed, these human rights violations pose serious consequences for current and future generations and for efforts to ensure peace and security and will incur tremendous costs to communities, nations, and societies—for public well-being, health, and safety. Abuse and violence is a mammoth and a very critical issue as it is directly related to the future of our nation. Abuse can be defined as –   the act of anyone who would silence you or take your power, your self-respect, your dignity, your voice, your freedom, no matter if they do it with their fist or with a bouquet. Authentic love does not devalue another human being; it does not silence, shame or abuse.   It is not okay to remain in abuse. Everyone deserves love and support.

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