India’s patriarchal traditions inform all aspects of public and private life. Gender discrimination is rife in Indian families. Families traditionally give preference to sons, and this leads to highly male-dominated political and economic public spheres. Women and gender minorities still face severe discrimination and violence based on their sex. VV Correspondents have reported extensively on rapes, domestic violence and acid attacks, which are too often vindicated by the woman’s “unacceptable” behaviour in their gendered roles as daughters, daughters-in-law or wives.
In 2016 VV launched Khel Badal, a campaign to dismantle patriarchy, motivated by the belief that every woman should have the tools to question the inequality and restrictions they experience. Community Correspondents tell stories of everyday patriarchy and normalised sexism, which are the root cause of the high numbers of rapes, domestic violence and sexual harassment. 63 of our correspondents are running Discussion Clubs in their villages; they watch some of VV’s 500 gender videos and help each other break patriarchal stereotypes amongst the boys and girls in their households.
Smashing stereotypes, empowering hundreds of vulnerable tribals through video stories – the remarkable Shikha Kumari...
Shikha, who belongs to the Sauriya Pahariya tribe, an indigenous Dravidian ethnic community classified as a 'particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG), is our Community Correspondent and one such gem. Her ancestors are from the Sahibganj district of Jharkhand.
Succeeding in Mission to Prevent Child Marriage
Here in this video, a girl who’s born in 2009 is about to get married. One ASHA worker mentioned this incident to the Community Correspondent Krishna Mondal and she along with the Police, School Teachers, allied NGOs of the area could prevent the marriage, in the nick of time.
Toilets Constructed at Kalighat Red Light Area of Kolkata
The basic hygiene of this red Light district is almost non-existent, living conditions are dank and squalid. Debgopal Mondal, a Community Correspondent of Video Volunteers (VV) made a video about their living conditions and was screening and engaging with the community about ways to solve these issues.
Water Crisis Leading to Fights in a Adarsh Village of Jharkhand
The basic facilities for a quality living are missing in this Model Village of Bhauro.
Gender discrimination in Tea Gardens
In this video, Community Correspondent Lily Kujur brought out the issue of gender equality in these tea gardens.
What is the ‘Right” age for Women to get Married? Community Debating Child Marriage (Amendment)...
Last year in December 2021 the union government approved the proposal to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, based on the recommendations of a NITI Aayog task force. The amendment was introduced in Lok Sabha on 20th December 2021.
“12 years of reporting on Caste and Untouchability”
“Over the last 12 years, Video Volunteers has produced more than 600 video reports on caste and untouchability, across India.
“Working with VV to resolve community issues has given me a lot of respect.”
50-year-old Gayatri is an indefatigable force when it comes to breaking long-standing social bias in her life and that of her community members.