Irina is seeking funds to cover airfare, a travel visa, travel insurance, and internship costs so that he can live and work in Jodhpur India and help change lives.
Toronto, Canada -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/01/2013 -- Almost everyone today has heard of the gang rape of a young Indian student that occurred in Delhi on December 16th, 2012. The newspapers reported that the group of men who also suggested that she be thrown ripped the victims’ intestines out naked from the bus.
The rape resulted in the young girls death. Immediately following the announcement of the incident, a series of demonstrations in support of the victim followed. The demonstrators were demanding legal and policing reforms from the Indian government.
The mass demonstrations, outrage and media coverage is illustrative of how communal the world has become and that women’s issues in India, or any part of the world, are personal issues too.
The significant amount of attention attracted by the tragic event and the indignation expressed by demonstrators and international organizations worldwide led the Indian government to openly recognize the existence of a problem and adopt some measures to address it.
The details of this brutal rape are difficult to shake, however it is encouraging to know that we, as a collective community, can make a difference in various ways.
India needs to chip away at the patriarchal and misogynistic mentality. Education on gender equality has to begin with the youth, within homes and primary schools, and be reinforced with a strong and sustained anti-violence government-funded campaign.
India needs to start at the fundamental basics and reprogram the way that Indian society thinks about gender, about masculinity, about femininity and women’s position in society. These are basic notions that have been accepted into the Indian Constitution but have NOT been accepted into India’s social mentality and actions.
As an intern for FSD Irina will work to support and educate the women of the local communities. The work she will do will change their lives. She will be focusing on three projects.
1. Education for Youth on Equality and Women’s Rights
- Gender education in the Indian curriculum that we aim to teach young boys about gender equality.
- Support teachers and equip them with tools so they can educate and discuss issues such as sexually, reproductive rights, and women’s equality with students.
2. Legal Counseling, Education on Rights, & Social Support
- Irina will be supporting marginalized women by educating them to better understand their basic human rights and how to assert these rights. The aim here is to promote self-efficacy and empower these women so that they may effectively combat violence.
- Educate local women through a series of workshops about the Indian Constitution, laws that benefit and protect women and their families, gender sensitivity, leadership, and empowerment
- Provide legal and/or psychological support for victims of violence who decide to take legal action
- Support the lobby of government and legislative authorities about issues and solutions regarding violence against women
- Connect on a global level— create more international awareness, engage in demonstrations, and mobilize collective action.
The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is a volunteer-based organization specializing in international development and operations in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Argentina, Kenya, Uganda, and India.
FSD's volunteers are primarily college students or recent graduates who focus their work in one of several areas, including
- Community development
- Women's empowerment
- Human rights
The mission of FSD is to enhance the capacity of international communities in hopes of improving health, social issues, environmental and economic issues.
This campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. Funding duration: October 11, 2013 - December 10, 2013 (11:59pm PT).
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