3 Historic Status of Women Ancient India “golden age” for womenEncouraged to receive educationMade decisions in marriages, rather than arrangedFemales goddesses referred in HinduismStatus of women transitioned when Islam became present in IndiaCultural change
4 Status of Women Today Numerous violent acts against women Domestic violence is accepted- recent UN study states 6 out of 10 men abuse their wivesRape casesAbductions of young girlsSex slave trade (CRS article)Infanticide and gender-selective abortion
5 Women in the NewsAligarh Muslim University: female students are not allowed in the main library. The Vice Presidents states that women in the library will cause 4x more boys to flock there, and it is a space issue. Women's groups both on and off campus are protesting gender discrimination. National commission on women's proposal for legalization of sex trade lacks support. Arguments: better safety and conditions vs. making a commodity of women's bodies. This seems to be a deeply divided issue in both women's groups and the Supreme Court.
6 What’s the Issue? Equality in government Domestic violence Providing a safe educationDrastically different environments between the country and the city
7 Dangers of Sex-Trafficking India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) estimated that 44,000 children go missing in the country . It is estimated that more than 40% of those trafficked into sexual exploitation in the country are childrenMore than 3 in 10 trafficked children in India suffer from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other gynecological problems.Stigma- The majority of girls rescued from sex work are never accepted by their families and communities.Often the only option for sex workers is to return to their traffickers. Nearly 8 out of 10 victims are forced back on to the streets and into brothels after being rehabilitated, according to Andhra Pradesh police.
9 Safety of WomenThomson Reuters Foundation expert poll 2012, India was the fourth most dangerous country for womenUNICEF found half of adolescent males in areas of Southwest Asia believe that domestic violence is justified under certain circumstances.more than half of women within a household agree
10 Action Taking PlaceThe Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child India has a number of progressive laws that support gender equality and ending discrimination and violence against womenthe Criminal Law (Amendment) Act of 2013 expands the scope of sexual and gender based crimes against women.India is expected to achieve the MDG target on gender parity in education by 2015Still struggling with female presence in parliamentTeaching skills helps women get out of violent circumstancesFacilitates independence
11 Focus While We’re in India Observe differences between males and females in the classroomObserve household interactions with host familiesAsk females about role modelsSee how the brothers receive a group of 7 women and 1 man