When she was 7, she was molested by her school tutor. At 19, she helped a friend escape her abusive husband. After turning 25, she was attacked & beaten by two men on a motorcycle & spent two days in the hospital. These are just some of the several incidences of sexual violence, harassment & gender abuse Meera Vijayann has experienced in her short life thus far.
In her recent TEDxHousesOfParliament talk she bravely shares her stories of gender inequality & sexual violence in India, as well as stories of other young women, like Jyoti Singh Pandey, who have experienced similar situations & unwarranted pain as her. More than just acknowledging the continued proliferation of gender violence in India - she calls for all women to find their voice.
Yet, for many this is difficult, especially for women in India. Many women deny themselves the right to express their pain, fears & experiences. Yet her TED talk speaks to more than just speaking about personal experiences of gender violence & sexual harassment. It speaks to being empowered.
"Empowerment is a feeling, an emotion." And the only way to true empowerment, is by "giving ourselves the permission to think & act." We, all women, must give ourselves the authority to speak out & stand up to sexual violence, gender inequality & more. While tools & materials are often times portrayed as necessities for change & feeling empowered - the fact is women must feel it from within.
You have the power to speak. You have the power to say something. You have a voice. Only you are keeping yourselves back.
Empowerment starts with you & we can help you get there.
Enjoy her full TEDxHousesOfParliament talk here ....
Find your voice against gender violence