Ending Gender Based Violence: A Project for India


March 21- 25, 2015

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Within the last decade, gender equality and the importance of women's education has been a topic that gained momentum and popularity. However, this has caused controversy as it challenges the traditional male role, leaving women in fear as gender violence is still unfathomably common. Women have begun to seek out help regardless of the backlash they could receive. Their courage has paved the way for not only women, but family members, friends and even on-lookers to reach out. Efforts have been made to change society by increasing the presence of police authorities and recruiting more female officers. This deeply patriarchal region is dealing with a cultural problem, therefore police training has begun to evolve in order to sensitize male officers to the situation. Severl organizations, along side the government, are working towards fighting against the violence. They focus on preventing the crimes, protecting human rights, and prosecuting offenders.

About the Program

The IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. Over the last 70 years, the IVLP has developed into the premier professional exchange program in the U.S. and brings over 200 emerging leaders to Jacksonville every year.

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-17398004

[2] http://interactions.eldis.org/gender-based-violence/country-profiles/india

[3] http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2013/6/it-is-time-for-action-to-end-violence-against-women-a-speech-by-lakshmi-puri


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