December 2021

Addressing women’s safety needs during lockdown in India

#16DaysofActivism 2021 Blog Series

Written by Shilpa Kompelli and Sujata Ayarkar

In India, as in many other places in the world, there was an increase in violence against women (VAW) during the lockdown. During the lockdown imposed in March 2020, Dilaasa Crisis Centres were declared as essential health services and so the teams continued to work through the strictest lockdown. Dilaasa Centres are public hospital crisis intervention centres established to respond to violence against women survivors.

The ‘shadow pandemic’ requires more than a shadow response

Written by Lara Quarterman, Nicholas Metheny, Carmen Sant Fruchtman, and Vandana Sharma

Thirty years on and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV) is as important now as it was in its first year. Starting annually on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and running for sixteen days until December 10, World Human Rights Day, the campaign has long been a rallying point for activists to demand change.