We understand gender violence as… any form of violence – physical, sexual, verbal, economic, emotional, psychological - that is directed at an individual because of her/his gender. Violence against women is the most pervasive form of gender-based violence.
In the eight editions of the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence, we’ve seen for ourselves the need for a concerted, sustained programme on gender violence, one that extends beyond advocacy and activism.
We’ve witnessed a growing community interest and involvement in this effort and interacted with an increasing number of people with whom this issue has resonance.
We often complain that gender violence is brushed under the carpet or cloaked in secrecy - maybe, if we create the platform, there are people who will talk about it?
In 2017, we launched the GRIT Research Fellowship with Radhika Bhalerao as the first incumbent. The Fellowship supports a research project while requiring the scholar to also work with Prajnya's public education programmes. Curating the Gender Violence Report is the responsibility of the GRIT Research Fellow. Radhika chose to study young people's understandings of intimate partner violence, using focus group discussions to gather evidence.
A generous donation in 2017 enabled us to set up the R.Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship and the 2018 Rajaram Fellow is Jhuma Sen. Her project is on the legal and social discourses surrounding IPC 498A.
What do you need to keep in mind while you file an FIR? Prepared by Amba Salelkar.
A Prajnya resource for television creative teams on how to depict and address gender violence on screen. Second Edition, March 2015
GRIT Research Fellowship paper by Radhika Bhalerao
Kalpana Kannabiran writes on #MeToo in India. A Prajnya Occasional Paper, December 2018