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  1. 1. TOPIC                                        Walk  to  Equality          Ensuring  safety  and  empowerment  of  women      
  2. 2. Team  Details   •  Sharmila  Venugopal  doing  MSc.  Theore9cal   Computer  Science  from  PSG  College  of   Technology,  Coimbatore,  Tamil  Nadu.   •  Neethu  Sivaraj  doing  MSc.  Theore9cal   Computer  Science  from  PSG  College  of   Technology,  Coimbatore,  Tamil  Nadu.            
  3. 3. Team  Details   •  Dharani  Suresh  doing  MSc.  Theore9cal   Computer  Science  from  PSG  College  of   Technology,  Coimbatore,  Tamil  Nadu.   •  Nithya  Dhandapani  doing  MSc.  Theore9cal   Computer  Science  from  PSG  College  of   Technology,  Coimbatore,  Tamil  Nadu.  
  4. 4. Team  Details   •  Varshini  Mohankumar  doing  MSc.  Theore9cal   Computer  Science  from  PSG  College  of   Technology,  Coimbatore,  Tamil  Nadu.  
  5. 5. Women  Empowerment   •  It  is  conceptualized  as  a  func9on  of  women‘s   access  to  and  control  over  resources  that   extends  to  their  decision-­‐making  capabili9es   regarding  household  affairs,  employment  and   income,  household  assets  and  expenditure,   fer9lity  and  sexuality,  freedom  of  movement,   their  control  over  tangible  and  intangible   resources  such  as  property,  informa9on  and   9me.  
  6. 6. •  The  state  of  safety  for  Indian  women  is  far   below  what  is  expected  for  such  an  economic     giant.     •  A  survey  by  the  Reuters  founda9on     concluded  that  India  is  ranks  as  the  4th  most   insecure  country  in  the  world  when  it  comes   to  the  safety  of  women.  
  7. 7. Women’s  Empowerment  Principles    In  brief,  the  Principles  are    :     •  Establish  high-­‐level  corporate  leadership  for  gender  equality   •  Treat  all  women  and  men  fairly  at  work—respect  and  support   human  rights  and  nondiscrimina9on   •  Ensure  the  health,  safety  and  well-­‐being  of  all  women  and  men   workers   •  Promote  educa9on,  training  and  professional  development  for   women   •  Implement  enterprise  development,  supply  chain  and  marke9ng   prac9ces  that  empower  women   •  Promote  equality  through  community  ini9a9ves  and  advocacy   •  Measure  and  publicly  report  on  progress  to  achieve  gender  equality    
  8. 8. •  Women  can  enrol  in  personal  safety  classes  where   they  can  be  taught  how  to  physically  defend   themselves  in  case  of  an  impending  aRack.  They  can   have  regular  prac9ce  sessions  at  university  campuses,   social  hall  centers  in  their  locali9es  or  at  specially  build   facili9es  just  to  train  them.   •  The  Red  Brigade  is  a  self-­‐defence  group  in  Lucknow   that  have  sent  out  a  simple  message  to  the  men  who   make  their  lives  a  misery  –  stop  it,  or  else.  It  was   formed  in  November  2011  as  a  self-­‐defence  group  for   young  women  suffering  sexual  abuse.   •  As  a  report  in  ‘The  Guardian’  says,  “Men  who  fall  foul   of  the  Red  Brigade  can  first  expect  a  visit  and  a   warning.  Some?mes  the  Red  Brigade  will  ask  the  police   to  get  involved,  but  if  all  else  fails  they  take  maCers   into  their  own  hands.”  
  9. 9. •  Women  can  also  take  back  their  freedom  by   forming  legal  caucuses  that  are  specifically   charged  with  defending  the  rights  of  women  who   have  been  assaulted.  This  will  go  a  long  way  in   ensuring  that  the  place  carry  out  proper   inves9ga9ons  and  that  the  convic9on  rate  of   those  who  violate  the  rights  of  women  goes  up.   •  These  causes  should  be  formed  at  local  level  and   then  supported  by  government  funds  while   nongovernmental  organiza9ons  provide  them   with  technical  and  administra9ve  exper9se.  
  10. 10. •  Women  can  also  take  back  their  power  by   taking  responsibility  for  their  own  safety.  Its   obvious  that  the  legal  process  is  slow  and   does  not  offer  enough  disincen9ve  for   predators  to  stop  aRacking  women.  It  is  a   good  thing,  therefore,  to  arm  oneself  with   pepper  spray  or  another  form  of  protec9on   like  a  personal  safety  alarm.  
  11. 11. •  Guardian  Angel  One  is  an  mobile  applica9on   that  alerts  trusted  friends,  when  you  are  in  a   threatening  situa9on.  Women  and  elderly   people  can  use  GA1  to  alert  their  loved  ones   in  case  they  feel  unsafe  in  any  situa9on.     •  These  are  the  best  ways  of  increasing  the   rela9ve  safety  of  women  in  India.  We  should   implement  them  so  that  women  can  have   their  freedom  and  live  a  life  as  enjoyed  by   their  counterparts  in  other  parts  of  the  world.  
  12. 12. NATIONAL  POLICY  FOR  THE  EMPOWERMENT   OF  WOMEN         •  Goal  and  ObjecOves  :   i)    Crea9ng  an  environment  through  posi9ve  economic  and   social  policies  for  full  development  of  women  to  enable  them   to  realize  their  full  poten9al.   (ii)    The  de-­‐jure  and  de-­‐facto  enjoyment  of  all  human  rights   and  fundamental  freedom  by  women  on  equal  basis  with  men   in  all  spheres  –  poli9cal,  economic,  social,  cultural  and  civil.   (iii)    Equal  access  to  par9cipa9on  and  decision  making  of   women  in  social,  poli9cal  and  economic  life  of  the  na9on.   (iv)    Equal  access  to  women  to  health  care,  quality  educa9on   at  all  levels,  career  and  voca9onal  guidance,  employment,   equal  remunera9on,  occupa9onal  health  and  safety,  social   security  and  public  office  etc.  
  13. 13. (v)    Strengthening  legal  systems  aimed  at   elimina9on  of  all  forms  of  discrimina9on  against   women.   (vi)    Changing  societal  a^tudes  and  community   prac9ces  by  ac9ve  par9cipa9on  and  involvement  of   both  men  and  women.   (vii)  Mainstreaming  a  gender  perspec9ve  in  the   development  process.   (viii)  Elimina9on  of  discrimina9on  and  all  forms  of   violence  against  women  and  the  girl  child.   (ix)  Building  and  strengthening  partnerships  with   civil  society,  par9cularly  women’s  organiza9ons.      
  15. 15. REFERENCES         •  1.  Ratna  Kapur,  `Ero9c  Jus9ce';  Permanent   Black,  New  Delhi,  2005.     •  2.  Kalpana  Kannabiran  (ed.),  `The  Violence  of   Normal  Times';  Women  Unlimited,  New  Delhi,   2005.     •  hRp://wcd.nic.in/empwomen.html