Namita Bhandare on India's Fight Against Sexual Violence
Join us for a webinar on Jan 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM EST/ 7:30 PM IST.
The USAID-funded Health Policy Project is thrilled to announce journalist and activist Namita Bhandare’s upcoming webinar on sexual violence in India. In a country with a sex ratio of just 914 women for every 1,000 men, violence against women seems to be endemic and begins even before she is born. What does this violence actually mean on the ground? And how can we begin to even counter it?
Ms. Bhandare is a journalist with close to 25 years of reporting experience for various publications including Sunday Magazine, India Today magazine, and the daily, The Hindustan Times. She is India’s first consulting editor on gender with a daily newspaper, Mint, and continues to write a fortnightly column on social issues for The Hindustan Times.
In December 2012 following the gang-rape and murder of a young medical student that shocked India, Bhandare launched a campaign on the website Change.org called, Stop Rape Now. The campaign very quickly went viral and collected over 600,000 signatures, the largest ever to come out of India on Change.org.
As a result of the massive street protests against the crime, Indian Parliament set up a three-member judicial commission to recommend changes and the result of this commission was the new Criminal Amendment Act of 2013 that imposes stricter punishments for crimes against women and also makes police criminally culpable for refusing to file complaints. Bhandare has a Master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University.
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