Conducting community campaigns to reduce gender based violence
What she found is that many women were reluctant to report personal cases of violence and discrimination for fear of negative or harmful repercussions. Based on Rekha´s interviews with women, and after following-up and comparing documented versus undocumented cases, she concluded that women faced fewer problems when they did in fact report any form of misconduct to the police.
In order to improve data collection and increase the number of women who are reporting cases of gender-based violence (and offer protection and guarantees of safety in the process), the rural women of various communities in Madhya Pradesh have formed self-regulated watchdog groups.
In addition to community campaigns, the female-led watchdog groups are trying to encourage the police to join them in reporting outreach efforts. The groups believe that if police accompany the home visits and explain their processes, then there may be an increase in the number of women who report their cases.
Ultimately, Rekha thinks that the government should be held accountable for the violence and discrimination experienced by women in the state, given their duty to protect all citizens. She hopes that the data that they collect and the videos that they make can continue to drive change in the community
“Fortunately, we see the situation for girls and women improving…we must just now continue moving forward,” she concludes.