How Can We Raise Strong Daughters? 10 Suggestions….

From Revolutions In My Space, a blog by Rita Banerji. (With thanks)

How Can We Raise Strong Daughters? 10 Suggestions…..

REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI

As a feminist activist and director of The 50 Million Missing Campaignto end female genocide in India, one of the questions I’m often asked in interviews is “How do we raise strong daughters?”

I have to admit, that there’s a part of me that is always uncomfortable with this question being asked in context of violence on girls and women.  Because what I feel it does, is that in a round-about-way it puts the onus or blame of gender-based violence on the victim.  It’s almost like saying, the reason girls and women get battered and/or killed is because they are weak.  And if they weren’t they wouldn’t.  Sexist and misogynist violence effects even the strongest of women, simply because the system (social, religious, legal etc.) permits it. In fact determinedly perpetuates it.  Victims of violence, be it race, religion or gender based violence, are NOT inherently weak, but are…

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