WE HAVE BEGUN TO RAISE DAUGHTERS MORE LIKE SONS. BUT FEW HAVE THE COURAGE TO RAISE OUR SONS MORE LIKE OUR DAUGHTERS.
As we delve deep into the Indian psyche, you will shudder at the thought that the rising graph of violence and crime against women is but a by- product of the above statement. Making a conscious effort towards bridging this gap and endeavouring to create an egalitarian society through feminist ideologies is what JAGORI stands for. As the name suggests, Jagori seeks to awaken the society to the imminent need for women empowerment through their active participation in decision making.
In an effort to reach out to rural women, they have developed unique tools like feminist songs which are very thematic. Another path breaking feature is feminist training which is a collective learning experience, where the methods are not only participatory but also based on women’s ways of learning.
Without any formal training or expertise to run a feminist organisation, Jagori just started from scratch. Starting at grassroots level, they have especially reached out to the marginalized and oppressed women by organising gender training workshops and vigorous campaigns.
They have also instituted numerous helplines, encouraging hesitant women to lodge FIRs in police stations against mental and physical abuse, providing access to free legal aid and counselling and economic rehabilitation of the impoverished lot.
Their coherent efforts have helped in sensitisation of police personnel, government agencies and the media. It has also culminated into successful initiatives like SAFE CITIES, global campaigns like VAW (violence against women), the ORANGE DAY CAMPAIGN, THE ANTI STREET SEXUAL HARASSMENT WEEK and the ONE BILLION RISING CAMPAIGN. The OBR campaign is especially interesting because it began with a global call from American activists to root out violence against women on 14th February, 2013. In New Delhi individuals from different walks of life worked on the campaign along with Jagori.
Jagori is not working at the institutional level alone. They firmly believe that even the most disadvantaged lot can turn the tide in their favour if they stand by each other. They have underlined the importance of community response and individual intervention to end the endemic cycle of violence against women.
Sure it’s not only a woman’s prerogative!!! All of us- men, women, boys and girls need to walk hand in hand because there can be no equality if there is no unity!!!