One story that has stuck with me over the past few days is that of the 23 year old woman gang raped and murdered in New Deli on December 16, 2012. In response, thousands of women and men have been protesting their government’s historic lack of action when dealing with sexual assault. This particular case (out of the thousands of others per year) has awoken a larger community, to the urgency of this issue. I have been wondering wonder why this particular woman and this particular gang rape has spurred such action among so many. In India, according to the National Crime Registry, a woman is raped every 20 minutes.
So, why is India responding in force to this particular rape? Some are saying that Indians feel that this rape and murder is a “last straw” of sorts… that the “reason people took to the streets is that a growing middle class is uniting to make its voice heard.”
I hope these protests can continue to shed light on India’s need for a change in the status of women. There are so many organizations working to create a more equal and safe India for women, and I pray that the energy from these protests will be funneled into wider support for that grassroots work.
How do we deal with inequality? How do we find solutions? How do we escape it ourselves? When looking at this madness that women face all over the world, what can we do?
In the coming weeks I will be gathering and posting women’s stories from all over the world. Some of their biggest struggles, hopes, frustrations, and/or joys will be highlighted here. It is my hope that through this insight we can gather some answers, find solidarity, and glean wisdom into how we can make a difference.