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How Kirthi Jayakumar Is Changing The Landscape Of Society In Terms Of Women’s Safety

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One day after Kirthi Jayakumar turned 25, on December 16, 2012, is when the infamous Delhi gang-rape happened. Kirthi was receiving an award for her work with a US based NGO called ‘Delta Women’, which worked for the rights of women in the US and Nigeria. Awakened by the lack of security for the women in her own country, she says she felt like a hypocrite, going on to say, “I went to bed that night, thinking of how much we had passed off as a norm in the name of “We are like this only”. It was on the same day that I had come to face a dissociated past, where I had completely blocked out my own memories of facing abuse as a child.”

I went to bed that night, thinking of how much we had passed off as norm in the name of “We are like this only”. It was on the same day that I had come to face a dissociated past, where I had completely blocked out my own memories of facing abuse as a child.”

Taking matters into her own hands

Knowing that she had to take matters into her own hand, she started sharing her story of her experience of child abuse. This had a ripple effect on society and Kirthi says that her story had truly made a difference. It got a lot of momentum with parents and to-be parents who became vigilant about their children’s vulnerability and worked, through open conversations, to help them stay safe. Although Kirthi’s vision was to change the landscape of women’s safety through storytelling, she realized that she had hit a plateau. Therefore, the social entrepreneur, amongst many other initiatives, founded, ‘The red elephant’; an initiative that is built on the foundations of story-telling, civilian peace building and activism for women and girls.

The resistance is so strong, and the receptiveness doesn’t always turn into a pay forward, that it seems like the resistance is gaining greater ground. From our work, I can safely say that we’ve had both, receptiveness and rejection, and have, TOUCHWOOD, been blessed to have turned the resistance into receptiveness through education.”

Receptiveness and Resistance

The journey of running the foundation hasn’t been a breeze says the social activist. Like any other form of work, she says there are good times and challenging times, receptiveness and resistance. She says, “The resistance is so strong, and the receptiveness doesn’t always turn into a pay forward, that it seems like the resistance is gaining greater ground. From our work, I can safely say that we’ve had both, receptiveness and rejection, and have, TOUCHWOOD, been blessed to have turned the resistance into receptiveness through education.”

A strong & robust structure

Kirthi is now eager to collaborate and take their work in a ‘service-delivery’ model and also establish a stronger and more robust system of regular peace education and gender equality programs that people can benefit from on a regular basis. She has been a boon to the women of our country and we hope she sparks the minds of women to make our nation truly equal among the sexes.

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