06 Push the Pace of Progress - Shonel R. Teke

posted Mar 1, 2018, 7:29 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 7:30 PM ]
The year 2017 was a year of revelations, and shocking ones too! More than 50 women accused Hollywood tycoon, Harvey Weinstein, of sexual abuse through the years. When Weinstein denied the claims, social media took up the cry with #MeToo, where women from different socio-cultural, religious and political backgrounds spoke out about being victims of sexual abuse, molestation and rape.

India soon joined the global protest, with women sharing horrific experiences or simply showing solidarity with victims by posting #Me Too. Our media pointed out that we don't need a hashtag to raise awareness about a problem that is staring us in the face. In Delhi alone, registered cases of violence against women have gone up from 572 (in 2011) to 2,155 (in 2016). While courts have become a wee bit swifter in doling out punishment to sexual offenders, women still live in fear of sexual harassment and rape.

In November 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres admitted that gender violence is a "direct challenge to women's inclusion and participation in sustainable development and sustaining peace." Building on the UN's vision of sustainability and inclusion, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report [initiated in 2006] rated 144 countries by analysing the following thematic dimensions:

• Economic Participation and Opportunity: Sex ratio in the workforce, parity in wages, leadership roles and gender-specific job roles