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A recent UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia-Pacific revealed that 25% of men interviewed had committed a rape. 50% of the men had used violence against women.
Half of those who admitted to rape, committed the crime in their teenage years. Even worse is the fact that a vast majority (72%-97%) of these men did not face legal consequences. The most common motivation amongst these perpetrators was a sense of Sexual entitlement.
The study’s findings reaffirm that violence against women is an expression of women’s subordination and inequality in the private and public spheres.
In light of these findings, it is all the more important to raise our boys to become responsible men.
How do we do this?
It is possible. If each of us becomes a Role Model.
Role Models who stop blaming the system and somebody else for incidences of violence against women. Role Models who begin to take responsibility for the fact that our thoughts, our behaviours and our actions can make the difference – at our homes, on the roads, on the public transport systems, in our law enforcement agencies and everywhere.
The need of the hour is to focus on attitudinal and behavioural changes in children and adolescents. We also need to address the deep rooted understanding among adults, both women and men, on gendered roles in society with positive images and messaging of the right of women to a violence free life.
We at Oxfam are ready for the challenge. ARE YOU?
Join Us and help end violence against women.
Oxfam India under its Gender Justice theme has been addressing the issue of Violence Against Women (VAW) in 13 states of the country through various programs.
• Advocating for active implementation of the policies and acts that are meant to protect women from incidences of violence, providing direct and indirect support to survivors of violence through various formal and informal linkages.
• Building local stewardships and capacities of community-based groups around issues of violence against women and legal rights of women.
• Broad based community mobilization for a fundamental shift away from the ideas, belief and practices of individuals and institutions that supports violence against women.