“It happened on the bus, in front of everyone, but no one even turned around to help me.”

Almost every woman has a story like this. In a 2013 report by UN Women and ICRW, 95% of women in Delhi reported feeling unsafe in public spaces. During the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, domestic violence cases in India reached a 10-year high. And moving away from physical spaces, what about virtual spaces? According to a survey conducted by digital securities firm Norton, 41% of women have faced sexual harassment on the web. And yet, most people don’t step in to intervene when they see violence against women. Why?

“I was in a hurry.”

“It wasn’t my business.”

Let’s imagine a world where this is different. Where, the next time there are signs of violence in a home or a woman is being harassed, someone steps forward and says, “Stop.”

Intervening is not interfering. Intervening is helping. When you step in to call out violence against women, you ensure that women feel safer and violence against women can become unacceptable.

And that can make all the difference in the world.

Let’s stop looking away from violence, because it is our business.

have pledged.Let’s get to 3,000,000!

3.78 lakhs

cases of crime against women were reported across the country

Source: Crime in India, 2018

1 in 4

adolescent girls feared that they could be abducted, physically assaulted or even raped while
venturing into public spaces.

Source: WINGS, 2018

6,030 cases

of cyber crimes were registered by women in 2018

Source: Source: Crime in India 2018

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Bystander Speak

“People asked me – why are you interfering in their family matter?”

Bharti was travelling when she saw it happen: two men beating up a woman. The men told Bharti not to interfere, saying it was their “family matter”but Bharti didn’t budge. She called the womens’ helpline and stayed there until help arrived.

Bharti adds – “I tell people, if I let them go and they do something to this woman, will you take responsibility?”

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