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India: Safety for Women!
Women and men in India have equal rights before the law. Yet the daily lives of many Indian women and girls are marked by discrimination, exploitation and domestic violence. Age-old traditions and gender roles are too firmly anchored in people's minds. The situation of women from low castes and ethnic minorities is particularly depressing. They find themselves at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Their opinions and views are barely taken into account, and their rights are often ignored.
Preventing structural violence
One of the many challenges Indian women face daily is structural violence. This includes all forms of discrimination, such as the unequal distribution of income, resources and educational opportunities. Structural violence does not automatically entail direct physical violence. But direct violence against women is always embedded in social and structural power relations that disadvantage women. The Women’s Fellowship of the Church of South India intends to improve social conditions for women, prevent structural violence and so put an end to violence against women. The Indian church bases its commitment on the UN Convention on the Rights of Women, the "Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women". It lobbies social and political stakeholders to promote its implementation and works continuously towards gender equality.
Domestic violence affects one in three women between the ages of 15 and 49.
Confronting direct violence
The most important target group are girls and women who cannot read or write and who have been victims of violence. In individual and group counselling sessions, the Women’s Fellowship of the Church of South India provides the vulnerable with pastoral care, informs them about their rights and teaches them measures to prevent violence. The CSI provides basic support, counselling and assistance to victims of violence. Special training programmes teach the girls and women how to better protect themselves from violence and how to build safe and respectful relationships. CSI helps women to realise their potential and build a life of equality and non-discrimination.
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