…gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation." -- Kofi Annan
"…there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women." -- Kofi Annan
"women themselves have the right to live in dignity, in freedom from want and freedom from fear. On this International Women's Day, let us rededicate ourselves to making that a reality. -- Kofi Annan
When women thrive, all of society benefits, and succeeding generations are given a better start in life. -- Kofi Annan
Ordinary people like you and me have the chance to make a tremendous difference for mothers and their children worldwide -- Ordinary people like you and me have the chance to make a tremendous difference for mothers and their children worldwide -- Meg RyanMeg Ryan
"If the world was taking care of women, women would take care of the world." -- Jane Roberts, Co-Founder, 34 Million Friends of UNPF
* Gender Inequality at the Root: "In India, girls are valued less than boys," she says, "and this results in many inequalities in society." In addition to rampant sex-selective abortions, Coleman points to significant disparities in access to health care and education. * A Culture of Complicity: "Culturally, there's not enough exposure and conviction against those who are perpetrating acts of violence against women," Coleman says. Citing examples of cases where police officers have pressured victims to keep silent or even marry their rapists to avoid prosecution, she says there is "a culture of complicity around violence against women." * Opportunity for Change: The recent demonstrations are unprecedented in India, and could mark a turning point, Coleman says. "It could in fact result in some substantive changes for women. In particular for violence against women, but more broadly throughout society," she says. * In India where almost half of the population are women, they have always been ill-treated and deprived of their right to life and personal liberty as provided under the constitution of India. Women are always considered as a physically and emotionally weaker than the males, whereas at present women have proved themselves in almost every field of life affirming that they are no less than men due to their hard work whether at home or working places. Behind closed doors of homes all across our country, people are being tortured, beaten and killed. It is happening in rural areas, towns, cities and in metropolitans as well. It is crossing all social classes, genders, racial lines and age groups. It is becoming a legacy being passed on from one generation to another. But offences against women which reflects the pathetic reality that women are just not safe and secure anywhere. According to a latest report prepared by India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a crime has been recorded against women in every three minutes in India. Every 60 minutes, two women are raped in this country. Every six hours, a young married woman is found beaten to death, burnt or driven to suicide. * Violence against women is not a new phenomenon. Women have to bear the burns of domestic, public, physical as well as emotional and mental violence against them, which affects her status in the society at the larger extent. The statistics of increasing crimes against women is shocking, where women are subjected to violence attacks i.e. foeticide, infanticide, medical neglect, child marriages, bride burning, sexual abuse of girl child, forced marriages, rapes, prostitution, sexual harassment at home as well as work places etc. In all the above cases women is considered as aggrieved person.
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