Lessons learned on sexual harassment in 2018: Article

“We re-learned it is not only epidemic but endemic. This is so because gender is pervasive. Masculinity sexualizes hierarchy, and much of social life is hierarchically organized. Sexual harassment is a creature of hierarchy—gender combined with inequality based on race, age, class, disability, and sexuality. Anything that places a person in a less powerful or lower status position, an unequal position, heightens the risk of that person being sexually harassed.”

Catherine MacKinnon, Ask an activist: What are the most important lessons learned on sexual harassment in this last year of activism? UN Women,  Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Prajnya Fundraising Drive 2012: 8 Lakhs, 12 weeks

As many of you will remember, our work on gender violence began rather modestly, with the annual 16 Days Campaign. But we soon discovered that we needed to – and others needed us to – focus our energies on this issue year-round. The Gender Violence Research and Information Taskforce was created to meet a real demand for more platforms, spaces, workshops where we could talk openly about violence.

In many ways, this parallels the manner in which Prajnya itself has grown. Very swiftly in some ways, as we’ve said elsewhere –work, ideas, community–and very slowly in others–financial, material and human resources (as in hands available on deck). We’ve struggled with how to provide for ourselves, how to plan and how to do all the things we want, as well as we want to do them.

We’ve not done so badly. Borrowing space for an office, working as a volunteer team for the most part and using every free resource as optimally as we know (like this blog and social networks), we’ve managed to do quite a bit. We think so, and so do our friends.

But when you think about it, with space and labour underwritten, our costs are very low, so we wondered: why shouldn’t we able to make a rational appeal to our friends for support, an appeal that reflects our frugal style? So we are trying to raise Rs. 800,000/- between January 1 and March 31, 2012. Not a whole lot of money, really, for one year of activity that includes several publication education efforts (for example, workshops to help young people and health care professionals respond to violence), the fourth 16 Days Campaign as well as our research initiatives.

800,000 works out to 80 donations of 10,000 , 800 donations of 1000 each. Surely we can meet this modest target? With your help, we know we can. After all, it is your support that has brought us this far.

Read our full appeal letter and see how you can donate today.