Youth Ambassador for India on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Meera Vijayann, interviews Ajay Sathyan, an LGBT activist and resident of Chennai who wrote an eye-opening piece about facing sexual assault at the hands of the Chennai police. Following the incident, Sathyan filed for asylum in Germany.
Knowledge, books, and education have manifold implications when it comes to dealing with conflict and sexual violence – they embody curiosity, independent thought, freedom of speech and expression, and the potential to eventually make up one’s own mind about the world, its events, and its people. A holistic approach to education, or one that goes beyond the teaching of literacy and numeracy, also educates students on current affairs, creative expression, lateral thinking, structured argument and debate.
Meera Vijayann writes a report on custodial rape in India. "In India, there is a serious lack of trust in judicial process and in the police and most survivors prefer to not report the crime as they fear worse at the hands of the police. In an effort to curb violence against women, the Delhi Police launched an app called “Himmat” (courage) that would allow women to report sexual assault through their smartphones…”
On behalf of Youth to End Sexual Violence, a youth-led organization dedicated to ending the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict, I am writing to urge you to denounce the rising levels of sexual and gender based violence in Haryana State, and push for immediate investigate action in Haryana regarding the rape of a 28-year old Nepalese woman on February 1st, 2015.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive issues of our time; it depends on the silence and resignation of onlookers and the shame and degradation of victims. Misogynistic laws, embedded within a constitution that promotes disadvantage, have sown the seeds of inequality for young women in The Bahamas. Women are not able to confer the rights of citizenship as men are...Read more
Youth Ambassador for Sudan on Sexual Violence in Conflict Maha Babeker and Youth to End Sexual Violence publish a statement in response to the situation in Darfur and the recent allegations of mass rape in the village of Thabit. "Attempts to prevent Darfur from sliding back into chaos have failed, and the enormity of state sponsored violence is now stalling for international attention. The growing sense of resignation towards Darfur stands in jarring contrast to the needs of Sudanese women and children who are now experiencing unprecedented levels of sexual violence."
Ms. Maha Babeker was appointed Youth Ambassador for Sudan on Sexual Violence in Conflict this week. In the wake of allegations of mass rape in Darfur, she will be representing Youth to End Sexual Violence in Sudan, working with our partners in civil society to advocate for reform and the elimination of rape and sexual violence.
Ms. Ilwad Elman was appointed Youth Ambassador for Somalia on Sexual Violence in Conflict this week. She will be representing Youth to End Sexual Violence in Somalia, and will be working with our partners in government, civil society, and the United Nations to advocate for reform in the wake of rampant sexual violence.
Read the reflection from Youth Ambassador for India on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Meera Vijayann, on the Second Global Symposium hosted by MenEngage in Delhi. "It was one of the most timely and engaging events I've attended this year. The Symposium opened widening the discourse on women's empowerment by discussing ways to engage men and boys in the achievement of gender equality, to create a more equitable, caring, and non-violent society."