All India Democratic Women's Association

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Women and Violence

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  • Women and Violence
Violence against women takes various forms as a result of contradictions created by age old patriarchal values on the one hand and modern consumerist culture on the other. Increasing poverty and insecurity have worsened the bargaining capacity of poor women. However, there is little attention paid to this most wide spread yet highly invisible form of violence based on economic inequality. Global media has only increased the commodification of women that further encourages violence.
Sexual harassment at the workplace, domestic violence and the growing number of cases of sexual assault on women of all ages including minors is rampant. Women are also victims of caste and communal mobilizations as well as extremist actions. Trafficking, feoticide and witch burning are yet other terrible forms of violence women suffer.
According to AIDWA, this issue of increasing violence and the need for its elimination has assumed national significance.