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GENDER VIOLENCE RESEARCH AND INFORMATION TASKFORCE

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Gender Violence in India: A Prajnya Report 2018, November 2018

GRIT Working Paper: In the footprints of Bhanwari Devi: Feminist Cascades and #MeToo in India, by Kalpana Kannabiran, November 2018

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What is gender violence?

We understand gender violence as… any form of violence – physical, sexual, verbal, economic, emotional, psychological - that is directed at an individual because of her/his gender. Violence against women is the most pervasive form of gender-based violence.

Why GRIT?

Three reasons:
  • In the eight editions of the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence, we’ve seen for ourselves the need for a concerted, sustained programme on gender violence, one that extends beyond advocacy and activism.

  • We’ve witnessed a growing community interest and involvement in this effort and interacted with an increasing number of people with whom this issue has resonance.

  • We often complain that gender violence is brushed under the carpet or cloaked in secrecy - maybe, if we create the platform, there are people who will talk about it?

GRIT Research Fellowship

In 2017, we launched the GRIT Research Fellowship with Radhika Bhalerao as the first incumbent. The Fellowship supports a research project while requiring the scholar to also work with Prajnya's public education programmes. Curating the Gender Violence Report is the responsibility of the GRIT Research Fellow. Radhika chose to study young people's understandings of intimate partner violence, using focus group discussions to gather evidence.

You can read the study here:
PERCEPTIONS OF HETEROSEXUAL INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE: A STUDY OF COLLEGE STUDENTS IN URBAN AND RURAL MAHARASHTRA, INDIA

A generous donation in 2017 enabled us to set up the R.Rajaram GRIT Research Fellowship and the 2018 Rajaram Fellow is Jhuma Sen. Her project is on the legal and social discourses surrounding IPC 498A.