In India, ‘no man is an island’

In a country where women are banned from working in certain jobs, a new social media craze has made women in some fields more than a little reluctant to step up and take on their roles. 

For the last few months, women in India have been sharing their stories of being harassed and treated like second-class citizens. 

The social media campaign has garnered much attention, with several celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, voicing their support. 

Many women have taken to Twitter to vent their grievances about harassment and abuse, and have also shared their experiences of working with men, some of whom are men of a different caste and caste. 

A group of women have been posting photos of themselves with their male bosses on their Twitter feeds, and many are posting their grievances to the #savefeminism hashtag on social media. 

While some of the complaints have been posted in the context of workplace sexism, others have been about men’s behaviour, and women’s behaviour in general. 

It’s a bit like a war in the making, said Chaturvedi. 

“I don’t want to be seen as an object of pity or pity on my gender.

I want to speak out against my own oppression.

It’s the first time I’ve ever done it, and I’m still struggling to get the words out,” she told  NDTV. 

What is gender-based violence?

According to the International Labour Organization, women are more likely to be victims of violence, including sexual, physical, sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence and child sexual abuse. 

In India, there are reports of men targeting women in their own homes and offices, in some cases with guns. 

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2016, there were 1,637 recorded cases of sexual assault in the country, an increase of 1,711 from the previous year. 

Some of the cases are of women who were targeted by men in the street, but the vast majority of the incidents are committed by women in the workplace. 

This campaign, started by a group of female social media users, has sparked a debate about the social and sexualisation of women in Indian workplaces. 

Women have been forced to defend their dignity in front of men who have no right to abuse them, and some have even been threatened with violence. 

However, it’s not all negative. 

Brahmana Sharma, a social media activist from New Delhi, has a different perspective on the issue. 

She told NDTV, “There’s a lot of women on the street and in the workplaces who have experienced gender-related violence, and they’re really not comfortable speaking up because of the fear of retaliation. 

I think the social media platform has created a space for women to voice their feelings about it. 

They’ve become a part of the discussion, and this is really empowering for them.” 

What can be done? 

The women in this campaign have spoken out to raise awareness about gender-driven violence, but there are some positive steps that need to be taken to change the way women in society are viewed. 

Chaturveda, the social worker, says women need to speak up when they see their colleagues abusing or harassing them, even if they are women. 

Social media is not the only platform that can help change perceptions about women in our society, but it’s a good start, she added. 

If we want to end gender-linked violence, women need a better understanding of what it is and what we can do to prevent it.