Since 1981, women’s rights activists have observed 25 November as a day that stands against gender-based violence. The aim is to raise awareness around the world about various shades of violence that women are subjected to.
Today, after the #MeToo movement, unprecedented awareness and momentum have been created. And, for that we need to thank the persistent work of grassroots activists, defenders of women’s human rights and survivor advocates across the globe – to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls.
But that is not the end of the story. We have witnessed a rise in anti-rights movements, including anti-feminist groups, and we have also seen a backlash against women’s rights organizations and a rise in attacks against women human rights defenders and activists too. But the reality is that – supporting and investing in strong women’s rights organizations and feminist movements is key to banish violence against women and girls.
That is why the theme in 2022 is “UNITE! Activism to End Violence against Women & Girls”. Subsequently, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will mark the launch of the UNiTE campaign (from November 25- December 10) – an initiative that concludes on the day that commemorates the International Human Rights Day (10 December).
This years’ campaign aims to mobilize society to become activists for the prevention of violence against women, to stand in solidarity with women’s rights activists and to support feminist movements around the world.
Putting an end to gender-based violence in the workplace
Here our focus turns to women entrepreneurs whose main role tends to focus on – improving the living standards for women. Most importantly, they work towards eliminating any disturbance in their work environment too.
Gender-based violence and sexual harassment in the workplace are a global issue and research has shown that nearly one in two women, has been a victim of sexual harassment at work. However, there is no existing law to prevent this kind of abuse in more than one country out of three. So, the question of political representation and the voice of women entrepreneurs need to be answered. This can be achieved through representative associations and bodies where women are part of the leadership, creating a strong gender-sensitive ecosystem.
Building safe entrepreneurial ecosystems
The way forward is to map and build entrepreneurial ecosystems that are really safe, across various states in India. Once the mindset shift occurs, the women in the network can be connected – to reap the benefits.