In India, behind closed doors, there are little girls who experience violence every day. They are given little nutrition, kept out of school and forced to work with little or no wage. They are abused and exploited on a daily basis. Girls are taken from their families, villages and communities. Most are never heard from again or are simply forgotten. I have sat with some of these girls.
I have heard their stories.
In some parts of India, girls are born into brothels and “bred” for a life of abuse and exploitation. The demand for domestic labor and illicit sex is on the rise. Poverty, son preference and India’s caste system are all contributing factors to a young girl’s vulnerability to being sold into sex slavery or coerced into domestic servitude. According to the 2013 Global Slavery Index, India has one of the highest number of slaves in the world. These stories of everyday violence are often untold. At Girls’ Globe, we understand these are not just women’s issues. They are global injustice issues.
I believe there is hope.
Throughout my travels across India, I am inspired by women and girls who are creating change in their communities. They are fighting on the front lines with zeal and determination. Women and girls at the grassroots level are bringing healing, restoration and freedom to those enslaved. I will continue to encourage, support and champion their efforts.
This is my mission to help fight everyday violence.
When I look into the faces of girls who have been abused and abandoned, I see change-makers.There are so many ways to create change and join the fight to combat violence against women. When I think about Girls’ Globe and the online community, I think about the thousands of you who ARE change agents.
Join the Twitter chat hosted today, Friday, February 7, 1-2pm EST by Girls’ Globe and International Justice Mission on everyday violence against women. Use #LocustEffect and #EverydayVAW.