Reply To: Reflect and discuss: Prevention strategies

Jagati Bagchi

    The persistence of violence against women in India is rooted in the presence of deeply ingrained systems of sexism and patriarchy within Indian society. From a young age, girls are denied access to education and health care compared to boys. India has one of the highest numbers of early marriages, given that, girls have limited access to adolescent reproductive and sexual health. This also impacts the earning capability of women eventually. Most practices are endorsed by community influencers and long-rooted customs. Added to them are also allied causes like poverty, lack of information, and access to redressal mechanisms.
    In light of this context, my work involves collaborating with communities to facilitate behavioral change and establish support systems for women and girls who experience violence. Conducting vulnerability assessments plays a crucial role in offering assistance and crafting tailored prevention strategies at both the community and individual levels.