Taking a Stand against Gender-Based Violence
Mumbai Smiles is preparing the creation of a transversal committee fully dedicated to solve cases of Violence against Women in our communities.
Women’s rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981. This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were brutally murdered in 1960 by order of the country’s ruler, Rafael Trujillo.
At Mumbai Smiles Foundation, we firmly work to improve the lives of Victims of Human Trafficking, who are sexually exploited. As part of the work, we rehabilitate and improve the lives of beneficiaries and their children.
While gender-based violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, some women and girls are particularly vulnerable – for instance, young girls and older women, women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, migrants and refugees, indigenous women and ethnic minorities, women and girls living with HIV and disabilities, and those living through humanitarian crises.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfilment of women and girls’ human rights. All in all, the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to leave no one behind – cannot be fulfilled without putting an end to violence against women and girls.
During the last few months we have observed a lot of Violence against Women within the communities we work with.
For that reason, we are preparing the creation of a transversal committee fully dedicated to solve cases of Violence against Women in our communities.