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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 15

Gender violence in conflict settings   SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      15 ¨ Gender violence is an important conflict instrument, as ‘chastity’ and ‘honour’ are important polemical rallying points. ¨ Abduction and rape of women across conflict lines is now recognized … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 14

Emerging forms of gender violence   SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      14 ¨ Drugs used for date rape, where the victim knows the rapist(s), are now easily available inIndia, and used to render the victim unconscious. ¨ Initially and usually perpetrated … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 13

Exploitation of domestic workers SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      13 ¨ Nearly 90% of them are women, girls or children; ranging from ages of 12 to 25 and it is estimated that 25% are below the age of 14. ¨ By … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 12

 Abuse of elder women and widows SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      12 ¨ Across the world, women account for the majority of citizens over 60 and 80. ¨ Economic dependence makes older Indian women, especially widows, vulnerable to humiliation and neglect … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 11

Physical or emotional violence by an intimate partner SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT     11 ¨ Globally, between 10 and 69 % of women report physical abuse by an intimate partner at least once in their lives.¨ Women with disabilities are more … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 10

Gender violence and HIV SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      10 ¨ Women currently account for 39% of HIV infections in India. ¨ Forced sexual intercourse with an HIV infected partner transmits the infection. Coercion leaves no room for negotiation, for condom … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 9

Sexual harassment at work SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      9 ¨ Sexual harassment at the workplaces consists of both blackmailing a person into providing sexual favours or creating an environment in which she or he finds it hard to work. ¨ … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 8

Maternal mortality SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      8 ¨ An estimated 80,000 Indian women, either pregnant or new mothers, die each year from preventable causes. ¨ Annually, an average of 301 women die for every 100,000 live births across India. ¨ … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 7

Domestic violence SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      7 ¨ Nearly 37 % married women have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence by their husband. ¨ A case of cruelty by husband and relatives is recorded every nine minutes. ¨ … Continue reading

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VAWM Fact From Prajnya 6

Dowry SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT      6 ¨ 7,618 cases of dowry deaths were reported in 2006. ¨ In 2005, a dowry death was recorded every 77 minutes. ¨ There are over 6,000 dowry-related deaths every year. ¨ The practice of … Continue reading

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