Violence against women and child abuse is endemic and on the rise in India, despite stricter penalties. A woman is raped every 15 minutes. A child goes missing every 8 minutes. Acid attacks and honour killings continue unabated. Perpetrators typically escape punishment.
Our first appeal two years ago was hugely successful with 60,000 signatures to our petition and over £70,000 pledged. Money spent in projects that have a huge impact in address the root causes and supporting the survivors.
Sadly reported incidents in India are on the rise, in early 2017, a story was breaking of a 16-year-old girl being gang-raped, thrown from a moving train and left for dead with serious injuries. #HerVoice 2017 is back with even more partners to stop the violence, to support survivors and empower women.
Snehalaya is 1 of 15 anti-violence organisations in India participating in #HerVoice. On the ground, experienced and culturally sensitive to the complexities of the issue, we know how to reach these hidden women and we work with local government and other agencies to bring lasting change. We can make this go away for good, but we need your support.
Throughout July all your donations will receive a 50% match given by our charity partner GlobalGiving. For every £10 pledged we receive £15 to fight to make this stop.
Each Tuesday throughout the appeal we will share a story of utter bravery that focuses on our women and not the crimes committed against them. You can read about our 6 showcased women in our HER STORY section. Girls like Archana that went on to win justice for her and others like her after years of torture. We will also share a different project at Snehalaya each week so you can learn exactly how we make women the focus of our work. Be sure to check in each Tuesday to learn about our remarkable women: Deepa, Pia, Rana, Kaama, Mandupal and finally Archana who secured 22 double life sentences against her attackers.
Make a stand for our women and to give India back #HerVoice.