Ensuring women’s safety
Women's safety still remains to be a burning issue. Be it in a joy rally or a protest or a private place, women are seen to be violated anywhere anytime in any situation. It does not only need to be addressed, but also the protection has to be ensured.
The first step to ensure support and protection is to find the root causes of violence against women and girls. People's mentality has to be reformed in this regard. For which measures are needed to be taken. Even if a woman steps out of line, say in a rally or a protest, there is a healthy and legal way to control the situation. Violence is not the answer, neither it is legal.
This is where the government comes in the picture. Government has to take initiatives to protect women and girls against gender-based violence. Decision-makers and communities have to ensure that at all levels there are laws and policies in place on preventing violence against women and girls.
On the other hand, being a bystander has to be stopped as well. If any unlawful act is taking place on women, whoever witnesses must not choose to be a bystander. Unity is necessary in taking a stance against what's morally and lawfully wrong.
Empowering women and girls at the local level to advocate for the changes that will improve their lives is another important thing that needs to be done. Rather than giving in, women should stand up for themselves in any situation where they are being forced to be a victim.
Even though it is not something that will change overnight, the change needs to be accelerated. The entire country's development, progress and future depend on it. The sooner women are ensured protection; the better it is for the nation to prosper. They are to be empowered, not victimized.