I recently saw this awesome list of the “28 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2013.” Ya’ll. THREE of these moments were from India! This is a huge deal. There is a conversation going on worldwide about women’s rights and it is a good thing. These conversations are not only happening in Western countries but they are happening in places like India, where every 22 minutes a woman is raped and where the gender ratio is 914 girls to 1000 boys (in the age group 0-6), which means that for every 1000 boys, there are 60-70 girls who were killed before or within 6 years of birth. UNICEF estimates that there are 50 million girls missing from India’s population due to female infanticide and sex selective abortions. To put 50 million into perspective… that’s the entire populations of Texas, Louisiana and Florida combined. There are huge systematic injustices at work in India, yet there is good happening too and I think it’s important to celebrate the good because if you don’t, you’ll get so overwhelmed that you’ll forget what and who we’re fighting for.
Here are the three moments from India:
1. A Bollywood actress goes off on a reporter who claims she is misrepresenting India by calling it “repressive for women”. This actress loves India, but wants to talk about the real issues facing her country. The video is awesome. She talks in Hindi for a little bit of it, but it’s definitely worth watching.
2. The international outrage after a woman was attacked and gang raped on a bus. I blogged about this earlier this year. It was all over the news and sparked protests in India. It was the start of a much needed conversation about violence against women and how frequently it is happening. Unfortunately, it is still going on, but at least we’re talking about it!
3. This amazing parody video by All India Bakchod went viral around the world. The video depicts so many stereotypes about sexual assault. It’s very specific to India, but there are elements of it that apply to all cultures.
You can find the full list here. I also read this amazing article about going back to India after surviving sexual abuse as a little girl. It’s not only very well written, but is an extremely honest depiction of what growing up here is like as a girl. It also gives a great glimpse into the whole culture.
I hope that you’ll join me in praying for both the men and women of India. That this conversation will spark real change. That women will be seen as people too, not property. That men will start acting differently and that women will be treated with respect and honor and dignity. That the repression of women and the fear that they live with will be a thing of the past.
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Psalm 27:11-14