To Build a Safer Tomorrow for Women and Children!
The media constantly splashes news of crimes against women and children every day, and the incidents are increasing both in intensity and frequency. We need to go beyond just discussions and take affirmative action to prevent the crimes.
Did you know?
- About 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide experience violence in their lifetime.
- India recorded an average of 87 rape cases daily and 4,05,861 cases of crime against women in 2019.
- Rape accounts for 12% of all crimes against women.
- Human Rights Watch projects more than 7,200 minors are raped each year in India.
- The crime rate registered per lakh children population is 33.2 in 2019 in comparison with 31.8 in 2018.
- The highest number of cases registered under POCSO at 47,335 was recorded in 2019.
- Rate of conviction is 19% for rapes vs 47% for all other crimes.
Emerging from the Silence
- 2012 – The heinous Nirbhaya rape case shook the country. Discussions raged on violence against women.
- 2019 – Judgment to hang Nirbhaya’s rapists. No action plans. Public areas continued to beunsafe for women. Crimes against women continued unabated. A young doctor was gang raped and burned in Hyderabad. There was a 7.3% increase in crime against women and 4.5% against children in 2019. In terms of percentage, major crimes against children included kidnapping (4ó.ó%) and Poseo cases including child rape (35.3%). These include the rape and murder of a 1ó year-old in Gaya, Bihar and an 18 year old in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh. The pandemic has led to a significant spike in child sexual exploitation and abuse online with 10ó% rise in reported cases. With the lockdown, the crimes moved from the public to private sphere with domestic crimes increasing but largely unreported.
- 2020 – A group of socially conscious people decided to act. Launched a movement to take proactive, afflrmative action against sexual violence against women, children. Work towards women empowerment.
PENN (Protection & Empowerment of Naree)
It is a registered Trust started in Chennai in February 2020. The vision of the Trust is to create a safe environment for women through a proactive, 360 degree approach towards the prevention of crimes against women and children by focusing on creating awareness, teaching self defence, and working with environment enablers.PENN recognizes that resources are needed to strengthen the prevention and response to sexual violence, including the creation of the environment to prevent the crime from taking place. To achieve lasting change, it is important to enact and enforce legislation, while simultaneously developing and implementing policies that promote gender equality.
The prime focus of PENN is proactive and multi sectoral approach to prevent of sexual crimes through:
- Individual level – Awareness in Youth & Vulnerable sections on Crime Prevention processes.
- Community level – Educating people across public life to follow Women Safety protocol.
- Public Policy – Working along with Administration to create safe public spaces.
- Judiciary level – Support in creating a Legal Framework that works as a Strong Deterrant.
Mr. VS Sridhar – Senior Corporate Executive involved in the cause of women’s safety since 2012Mr. V Sriram Sharma –Theatre Director, Music Composer, PlaywrightMs. Swarnalatha Mahesh – Advocate with focus on woman & child safetyMr. KR Sathyan – Entrepreneur, Event Management, Music & Art Schools
In memoriam : Remembering late Mr. S Sreeram, who was part of First Trustees Board and whose belief in affirmative action, reflect PENN’s approach.
The multi-dimensional approach of PENN’s programs will be to create awareness, community engagement, and garnering momentum for the cause of women’s safety. They will include:
- Community Engagement Program – Activities to create a mass movement through community involvement to create awareness and bonding on women & child safety issues.
- Connect with Educational Institutes – Special programs for students to create awareness on gender sensitization, self-defence techniques and offer counselling to identify and prevent abuse.
- Webinars and Seminars – Discussions with eminent panellists from the police, legal, psychologists, and social workers to help address, identify, and redress CSA and victims’ issues.
- Programs Encompassing Self-Defence to Self Confidence for Women – A series of online and oMine work- shops for women and children on multiple skills.
- Outreach Programs – Interactions organised for vulnerable communities with a legal team.
- Cultural Outreach – The message of women‘s empowerment will be spread through V.Sriram Sharma‘s “Velu Nachiyar’ Musical Theatre Play
- Celebrity Messaging – Gender sensitisation messages by a celebrity to reach the masses.
A Retrospect of PENN’s Programs
Self-defence workshops in Queens Mary College, Chennai (March 2020).
Self Defense workshop for Women workers at the Tirupur Exporters Association
45 day video campaign in Social Media on — prevention of Child Sex Abuse /
Child Elopment /Respect for Women – (October — November 2020)
PENN’s first anniversary
The special guests at the event were Ms Seema Agarwal, Additional Director General of Police – Women & Child Safety, P Unnikrishnan, National Award-winning musician, Col VEmbu Shankar, a war veteran, and Rajesh Srinivasan, a reputed management consultant.Four videos on prevention of child sex abuse, child marriage prevention launched.Short films and drawing competitions on safety of women and children was launched.
A Retrospect of PENN’s Programs
Short films and drawing competitions on safety of women and children were promoted by the Zee Tamil Channel.PoSH Workshops for Corporates (eg., BASF , Vikram Solar) from October 2021.Workshop on child safety by Ms Vijji Ganesh Behavioural Coach in June 2021.
Multiple Workshops on preventation of online abuse, by SP Lavanya, Police Officer forstudents,parents and faculty of PSBB Millenninum, Akshar Arbol International School (Aug-Dec 2021). Online campaign on preventation of child marriage, elopement, and child sex abuse in partnership with the Dindigul District Police, from September 2021 onwords.
Udayal Padai of Rani Velu Nachiyar
Udayal Padai, is the legendary and powerful women’s army formed by Rani Velu Nachiyar in the 18th century. This is Borne out by V. Sriram Sharma, Scholar, PPENN Trustee, who brought Rani Velu Nachiyar’s History to the fore, taken it global, thru his 15 year research and Musical Theatre play.PENN’s vision is to recreate that force, to prevent gender related violence through community involvement and engagement
PENN’s Udayal Padai will be a scalable mass Women Empowerment movement achieved thru organising Self Defense & Cyber Security training , on “Train the Trainer ” model, along with modules on Legal, Career 6‹ Personality Development.
The first program on this series was held at Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, where the women students were trained in self-defence. They also visited the historic place associated with Rani Velu Nachiyar to become a be part of PENN’s Udayal Padai.
Volunteer Program The success of a program depends on the buy-in of committed and passionate individuals who believe in the cause. PENN is inviting socially conscious people who want to support and actively be part of creation of a safer world for our children and women to sign up as Volunteers.
Sign up for our volunteer program and help us build a safe environment. email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Protection & Empowerment of Naree
PENN is a registered trust – 34/IV/2020, All donations are exempt from Income tax under 80 G- AAETP3671NF2020615, MTH Road, Padi, Chennai 600050.
Phone: 98410 11252, 98494 92101.