In India, 2019 will be remembered for many heinous incidents of rape. At the same time, it has been a year of women’s struggle against sexual violence worldwide. A look at the five ways through which women expressed their resistance.
The #MeToo or #EnaZeda movement began after footage of an MP allegedly masturbating outside a school in the Arab country of Tunisia surfaced. Many women told on social media how they have faced sexual harassment. Earlier the reality of many white-collar people came out through this movement all over the world.
2. “A Rapist in Your Way”
The echo of the song “A Rapist in your Path” by Chilean women activists was heard all over the world. Social workers in many countries such as Mexico, France and Turkey performed the song. The lyrics of the song criticize the government and the countries that they are not taking adequate steps to stop rape. This song also dismisses the thinking that holds women responsible for sexual offenses.
3. “Politics will not work here”
When a leader of the right-wing party VOX in Spain refused to sign a manifesto condemning violence against women, protesters came to the streets of the capital Madrid and blocked traffic. Social activist Nadio Ottmann protested against Javier Ortega Smith, saying, “You cannot play politics with sexual violence.”
4. Sex instead of a job in Japan?
Some professors and university students in Japan are running a campaign together to stop the sexual harassment of job-seeking graduates. They says that jobs are few and there are many willing people. In such a situation, the jobbers do not hesitate to take advantage of the helplessness of the graduates. Many young people do not even talk about it for fear of not getting a job.
5. Strong law advocacy in Russia
There is no law against domestic violence in Russia. Three years ago, a bill was introduced in Parliament that could not pass. The bill was again brought to Parliament this year. But women rights activists are opposing it. He says that the bill does not have adequate provisions for the protection of women. They are advocating a stronger bill than this.
The United Nations says that more than one-third of the women worldwide are victims of sexual violence at some point in their lives. Safety of women is a major issue in India since the 2012 gang rape scandal. Despite this, the incidents of rape are constantly making headlines.