It’s been just over a week since philanthropist and advocate Indrani Goradia landed in India. She’s been many times before, her husband’s family is Indian and she is from Trinidad and Tobago, of Indian descent.
But this is a different trip and fifty-plus years in the making.
Not long ago, gender-based violence was viewed as a private, domestic affair. Even in the United States, legal protections against violence toward women were not enacted until 20 years ago in 1994.
Today, survivors and their allies — both women and men — spearhead advocacy initiatives to help the world understand that gender-based violence is a systemic, public health and human rights issue. Not only does it jeopardize the lives of women and children but it also has a profound effect on entire families, communities and impedes a country’s progress.