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.
Community Correspondent Shabnam Fight Against Nepotism to Ensure Justice to a Widow
Our community correspondents are embedded in their neighbourhood localities and they get to hear the slightest ruffles in their vicinity
Delwara, Rajasthan Is A Model For Women Empowerment
Key government positions are run by women in the Delwara tehsil of Rajasthan.
An Acid Attack and 18 Surgeries Later, This Entrepreneur Still Awaits Justice
The law sided with the accused who was let off citing lack of evidence.
Mentally Challenged Dalit Woman Allegedly Raped in Puri, Odisha
She went in the open to defecate when the accused started following her and took her into the jungle.
Women from Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh Running Own Successful Ventures Funded by Self-Help Groups
40 women leading these business ventures were felicitated by the Member of Legislative Assembly.
Paper Delivery Woman From Nashik Breaks Gender Barriers
Sonali Desai has chosen her way towards financial freedom and is serving as an inspiration to many.