Amnesty International India, as part of the ‘Ready to Report’ campaign, coordinated the 16 days activism campaign in collaboration with a network of civil society organizations in Pune. The Campaign was called ‘Erase the Shame – Bindhaast Bol!’ aimed at eliminating the shame and stigma around sexual violence and its reporting.
On 25 November, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, was the first day of a 16 day campaign against gender based violence.
A series of events were planned in Bengaluru with diverse communities across the city, which included street theatre performances, film shows and discussions.
Thirteen Adivasi women said they were raped and sexually assaulted by police and security force personnel during search operations in Nendra village, Bijapur, between 11 and 14 January. The personnel allegedly also raped or sexually assaulted other women, threatened and beat up villagers, and stole poultry, food and money.
Women from different communities in Yelahanka Satellite Ward came together to discuss the formation for a Mahile Jagrutha Vedike - a committee at the ward level to support women to report sexual violence in a safe, unbiased and responsive environment and to raise awareness about women’s rights related to sexual violence.
The Bengaluru City Police and Amnesty International India launched the ‘Bengaluru, get Ready to Report’ initiative to empower women in the city to report sexual violence with safety and dignity. The Commissioner of Police, M.N Reddi inaugurated the initiative and joined local residents in painting the wall of the Ashok Nagar police station on the theme of ‘women’s safety’.