Every day, across villages, slums, towns and cities, we are witness to violence against women and girls. And yet, the numbers do not tell the complete story. Often under-reported and suppressed, the true extent of violence against women and girls prevalent in our society does not get adequately recognized.
The implicit ‘victim blaming’ also stops people—ordinary citizens, family, friends, neighbors, communities, teachers, colleagues, police, doctors, lawyers, leaders, etc.—from fully supporting the women and girls who experience violence. The transition from ‘victimhood’ to being ‘survivors’ is equally challenging. However, reality still shows us some hope.
Many of these women and girls are ‘SURVIVORS’.
Many ordinary people around them are ‘SUPPORTERS’.
The WISCOMP Saahas Awards is an effort to find such people and their stories, to share with and inspire others. These could be boys or men, girls or women, and transgender people, who have taken up cudgels to prevent and/or stop violence against women and girls. These are stories of people raising their voices, taking public stands, organizing communities or supporting a survivor—in their family, community, school, college, place of work or a public space—anywhere in India.
The WISCOMP Saahas Awards has been inclusive in its acceptance of applications from people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, faith persuasions, and the differently abled; both survivors and those who have extended support to them.
The award is a step towards encouraging people of courage to share stories of making ‘public’ what is usually considered ‘private’—of voices raised, of actions taken, of mobilization and opinion making, of the battles waged or won—around the livedexperiences of violence against women and girls. The stories may include, but not be limited to, the following types of violence:
Applications for these awards have been received from different parts of India, with the deadline ending on 16th August 2015. The WISCOMP Saahas Awards will be announced by the January 2016 .