Do not be afraid of being the change you want to see….


We have a facebook page that is open to the public Its purpose is to give insight on village life in India, the evolution of our village venture and also to raise awareness and consciousness on the problems of the poor – and beyond the poor – on the human state and what we can do to improve the situation. Sometimes – our posts attract a lot of attention – like this one put up on March 8, 2015 – on International Women’s day, which got ‘likes’ from women and men worldwide. Read on….
Do not be afraid of being the change you want to see….
There is a furor in India, indeed one that has been brewing for some time now, over the status and security of girls and women in India. This follows after the release of a film by the British journalist, Leslee Udwin, who has produced a very hard hitting documentary on the gang rape of a simple girl, an aspiring young physiotherapist, returning home by bus in Delhi, entitled ‘India’s daughter’. The documentary includes the view point of the rapists, who have absolutely no remorse, despite being sentenced to death by the Indian courts. The saddest part however is the despicable mindset of some important societal actors, like defense lawyers, and even other women in power – whose statements represent extremely backward perspectives.While this does show the terribly harsh and depressing side of India, let us not forget to see and keep in mind, what the film fails to show, namely the many torchbearers in India and the light they shine by helping women every day.
So let us not be afraid. I am a daughter of India, too, and there are many others, who like me, travel all over India, sometimes alone, sometimes in company – and have never been harmed. There are many very good men and women in India and I do believe these are the majority. And therefore, taking heed of the real existence of danger for women, drawing insight from the documentary, we must work together to remove this threat in India and elsewhere – by being the change we want to see and not losing courage to exercise our freedom of movement.
Today, on International Women’s Day it is time to take a stance. The freedom for women to feel safe in their own homes, villages, towns and cities is imperative to the idea of equality for women. It is not a movement for women but a human movement.
We would like to borrow words from Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, Emma Watson: “Men, Gender Equality is your issue too! Men should take up this mantle so that their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice, but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too and in doing so, be a more true and complete version of themselves.”
It seems apt then to quote Statesman Edmund Burke, “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing.”
So on the International Day of the Woman, We, at Friend In Need invite you to think and step forward and take a stance. We close with the same words Emma Watson used when she launched the HeforShe campaign “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

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