DW FEATURE: India — The art of empowering women

 

(From DW Founders Valley) Devastating human rights violations worldwide are committed against women and girls. Gender inequality remains a problem everywhere, especially in India. But social entrepreneurs there are refusing to accept inequality and traditional mindsets. They’re tackling violence against women with the help of technology. In 2012, the world held its breath as tens of thousands of Indian activists – both women and men – stood united in demands for justice for a young woman brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi who later died from the trauma she suffered during the attack. The country was galvanized, and looked on the brink of a social revolution. The event turned into a touchstone for many young entrepreneurs no longer willing to let violence against women go unchallenged. Indian Founders have worked to tackle the issue by keeping it in the public eye, creating safer cities, and seeking to change the image of women as prey or victims. With technology-driven solutions, they’re demonstrating a vision: sexual violence against women worldwide has to stop.