From India to Egypt: Raising Awareness on Violence Against Women.

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By Rachel “Sink” Lindsay
From India to Egypt: Social Media Used to Raise Awareness on Violence Against Women

Outrage in India.

Hundreds of women gathered in Imphal, the capital of India’s Manipur state, to protest the government’s lack of action after a mob of men stripped naked and paraded two women through the streets before gang-raping them on May 4.

Source: Foreign Policy

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Background.

The mob assault occurred amid ongoing ethnic violence between the majority Meitei community and the minority Kuki people that has gripped the remote northeastern Indian state since early May. More than 130 people have died in the conflict, and another 35,000 have been displaced from their homes.

Source: New York Times

Going Viral.

Despite the brutal incident occurring 78 days ago, the government is only now condemning the crime due to the recent emergence of a video of the assault going viral on social media. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally acknowledged the violence in recent days, calling it “shameful.”

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Making A Change.

Thanks to the women’s demands for justice, four individuals, including the man suspected of instigating the violence, were arrested. Many women have since targeted the alleged lead perpetrator’s home, pelting it with stones and setting it on fire. At least 30 other men are currently being investigated for alleged involvement.

Source: Foreign Policy

Egypt Makes Moves.

Meanwhile, an experiment in Egypt suggested ways to spread information for women facing domestic violence. The MIT-led study found that some forms of social media can increase awareness among women about where to find resources and support for addressing domestic violence.

Source: MIT News

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Study Findings.

The Covid-19 pandemic created a global increase in domestic violence against women. The study found that receiving videos on domestic violence increased consumption of content about the issue, knowledge about resources available, and reported use of some resources in response to violence.

Source: MIT News

A Ways To Go.

In a follow-up survey, the researchers also found that participating in the experiment, gaining knowledge of resources, and even watching some of the content did not change participants’ core long-term beliefs about the place of women in society. Researchers expressed hope that the “shift is meaningful, even if it doesn’t seem massive.”

Source: MIT News

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Samantha Power, nominee to be Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, testifies at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Power previously served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. during the Obama administration. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

“Violence against women isn’t cultural, it’s criminal. Equality cannot come eventually, it’s something we must fight for now.”

Samantha Power, American journalist, diplomat, and government official.

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