08.02.2022: Udaari (A Wingless Flight): Empowerment and Upliftment of Abused Women in India

The next meeting of the Regional Group Frankfurt/Rhein-Main/Unterfranken will take place on 08.02.22. at 18:00 and will be dedicated to the topic “Udaari (A Wingless Flight): Empowerment and Upliftment of Abused Women in India”.

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with the abuser usually someone known to her. We will be talking about the official and real statistics of rape and domestic violence in India, the issue of gang rapes and why it should have its own categorisation, issues related to marital rape laws etc. We will be covering the patriarchy in India and how it is not the same as seen in the Western world. Why India still needs help despite being a nuclear power and no longer categorised as an under-developed country.

We will explain how the laws may exist, but how the underprivileged communities have no knowledge of the laws or have access to information to take advantage of these laws. In addition, we will present how we, as non-profit organisations, are working to uphold the dignity and respect of battered women in India.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Susanna Sircar: Psychologist and Founder / Director of NGO Sur Rehbar, India:

“’Life should be great not long’, someone said. Since my school days, Mother Teresa has been my inspiration. I am a psychologist and a freelancer, working among teachers, students and parents
for the last 20 years. During this time, I have been exposed to various problems faced by students and teachers and also parents that involved both physical and emotional damage. Molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence and mental abuse became a hidden problem that was largely affecting lives but silent like slow poison. A voice was needed. Not loud but right support was needed, that is what I endeavour to provide. I am here to share some of my eye-opening experience to make this voice visible as well. Every life matters, and if one life I am able transform, it is worth it. Looking forward to joining and sharing my own personal experience of spreading smiles.” Website: http://surrehbarfoundation.in/

Anita Rajan: Founder of NGO Naari Samata, UK:

“Very disturbed by the silence of the Indian diaspora in the UK to the increasing number of gang rapes and the sheer brutality of them, I founded NaariSamatā, a charity to work on rape prevention by teaching the youth about equality and respect for women and the underprivileged. Being a silent bystander waiting for someone else to work towards building a better world is not an option anymore. Since its start, we have provided for COVID orphans, provided skills training to women including rape and domestic violence victims, provided help to 60 school children from the most underprivileged communities and are in the process of providing food for these children. We are working on various other projects as seen on our website:
www.NaariSamata.org.”

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qd-usqz4oE9VYVkDTp7qACoRgW72HFmGh