#IStandWithHer : empowering girls voices

Minakshib
Posted December 6, 2019 from India

Lets be clear: gender based violence doesn't just affect women.  It affects girls, especially school girls. In my country, you will be surprised to know that minor and teenager girls face more violence than adult women face, but they don't know where to go and how to talk about it. So they suffer even more.

Young girls face violence at home, in neighborhood, in public places and also at school. I feel they must be given the power to speak of their sufferings. We must listen and find a solution. If we delay, it will only make the girls suffer more and ultimately affect their physical and mental growth and health.

So this time during the 16 Days of activism, I decided to take a new action: go to high schools, and ask all the girl students to speak out about the forms of violence they face and other problems they have. A box is placed in the classroom and each girl will put a chit which will have one challenge. They will do it anonymously, so that their privacy is respected. And then, after all the girls have put their chits, the box is opened, the problems are read aloud and a solution to that is discussed. The school authorities are present, girls are present, so nobody is doing anything fabricated  or fake.

Getting access to teenage and minor girls is not easy. I worked very hard to get the permission of the school to conduct this instant survey and also very happy that the school authorities agreed to read the challenges and find an instant solution. I am also constantly discussing with parents about the safety of girls.

I am doing this as a step to make our next generation bolder and safer. I am also doing this to express solidarity to our global sisters who are participating in 16 days campaign. #IStandWithHer

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maeann
Dec 06, 2019
Dec 06, 2019

Hi Minakshib,

Thank you for sharing.

I stand with you #Istandwithher

Minakshib
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thanks madm

Wusufor
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Thanks very much Aunty, I stand with you and with her. Together we shall eliminate gender based violence.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs

Jill Langhus
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Hi Minakshi,

Thanks for sharing your concerning post. Indeed, if something isn't done, everyone's future is at risk. How many girls were present? How many schools did you go to? Do you plan on continuing? What solutions were given for them? Please keep up this important work. It sounds like these girls need your help, dear!

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https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/istandwithher

Hope you're doing well and having a good weekend.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 07, 2019
Dec 07, 2019

Good

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

Hello, dear Minakshib,

Wow, this is a great idea of speaking up for the girls, writing them down, then altogether listen to their stories, and coming up with solutions. Congratulations on spearheading this initiative. You did great. Please keep it up. Thank you for sharing. We stand with you!

Paulina Nayra
Dec 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019

Congratulations Minakshib ! With your initiative, girls will be able to protect themselves from abusive people and know where to seek help. I agree with you that young girls are more vulnerable to abuse, particularly bullying and sexual abuse. Let's stand with them by reaching out to more girls. Btw, this reminds me of a favorite project on Empowering Girls . Bless you on your work.

Asaad Ali
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

I stand with you,her and all women any were any places .
Thank you for sharing

leila Kigha
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Thank you for this truth Minakshib
Girls are victims of violence and abuse all the time and I we don’t handle that now, we will have bitter women tomorrow.

Andra Marasteanu
Dec 22, 2019
Dec 22, 2019

Your initiative is really inspiring and inspired. It is amazing that you were able to discuss with them all this issues so that they know it’s not normal, they are not alone and that there are solutions and people to talk to. Thank you