In the wake of recent developments, empowering women with adequate skills for self protection seems to be the need of the hour. Not all times are women in company of someone helpful, hence, handy techniques that employ the use of handbags, small knives, or smart presence of mind go a long way in assuring one’s protection. Here we have Sakshi Kumar who has started up Justice for Women in order to ensure that women are enabled with the right skills to tackle such situations.
A contemporary story in its own self, Justice For Women was started as a hashtag on Twitter by Sakshi. The Guwahati rape incident had shook her considerably. The feeling of scare, helplessness and frustration looking at the current state of affairs motivated her to do something about it. The goal was to connect with like-minded people who could help her to bring change in the Indian society. The hashtag was picked up on Twitter since the emotion resonated in the hearts of many. “From there on I launched it as a full-fledged campaign to fight for women rights thanks to the support of family, friends in real life and on social media,” says Sakshi.
The Justice for Women core team comprises of four girls from different cities connected by a common goal and dedication towards the cause. Dr. Anita Hada Sangwan records videos talking about strong issues for the JFW Youtube channel and is an active contributor to the blog. She is also a talk show host for ETV Rajasthan, and a Treasurer and founding member of an NGO named Prem Mandir Sansthan, which works for the cause of women empowerment and education. Ankita Garg handles the JFW workshop organization, Marketing, PR and contributes to the blog. Also, she is the Strategy and Marketing Head at a startup company called “Cardback”. Zena Costa handles the JFW Twitter, Media Relations and contributes to the blog with guest posts on strong issues. Sakshi Kumar, leads the team and manages the blog.
Being an online initiative, Justice for Women has to rely on the power of social media, and in Sakshi’s own words, “on the altruism of people”. The later part because of being entirely volunteer-run. Justice for Women also has a sister concern called Gubbare. This initiative is to spread literacy among the underprivileged. Sakshi and her sister Pratiksha Mendiratta, started it with 20 students and has since steadily grown to 80 in strength.
Sakshi’s story resonates with the tagline she has kept for JFW: It’s not only about outrage, it’s about action!