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Power in Numbers

Of the many ideas shared until now, the ones focused on prevention and community involvement really struck a chord. Here's another example, from Morocco, where photographer Hassan Hajjaj discovers the Kesh Angels, a motorbike gang with a real passion for polka dots.

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Stories such as this one and some suggested earlier (Gulabi Gang by Mansi and The 'Buddies' System by Katie) show that women working in groups are able to provide each other significant support to help protect themselves.

Furthermore, the independence achieved through such initiates instills a deep sense of empowerment which ultimately trickles down to their families and extended community.

Though this particular share focused on the empowerment of women through numbers, I do believe that the solution to this problem doesn't lie in simply providing women with tools to empower and protect themselves. A strong effort needs to be made in educating the men in such communities to not just refrain from vilence, but to actively participate in helping the women around them succeed.

 

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Baber, I couldn't agree more. I made a similar contribution to another post referencing a lot of the points you just made. I think half the answer lies in encouraging women to doing something in an area they are uncomfortable in (one more male-dominant) that will raise their confidence and promote empowerment (i.e. a program to give women actual tools to build small bell/sound checkpoints to install throughout the city, providing a reminder of what women can accomplish and a higher sense of security knowing they have a "voice" loud enough for the community to hear in emergency and uncomfortable situation). Or, from a different angle of empowerment, the "buddies" system. Give them the confidence through "power in numbers," or, maybe both?

The other half is pushing male leaders to be role models among their peers and speaking out against violence, like you said. One voice can change the mind of another leading to a positive shift in the number of males participating in the violence against women. Thanks for expanding and writing your comments!

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Hey Katie, I think you've summarized the branches of this particular train of though pretty well!
I'm probably going to try and see if similar results can be achieved through initiatives that aren't focused only on providing safety or education.

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