Kolkata hosted a unique film festival that features gender crimes as a growing global phenomenon at a time when the whole country is galvanised into seeking a safer society for women.
"This film festival is a part of our campaign to mobilize people across the world to come out and be part of the billion people who say we will not take violence against women anymore. So that's why it is called 'one billion rising'," said Anuradha Kapoor, social worker and organiser of the film festival.
Advertisement"One in every three women across the world are either raped or beaten during their lifetime. So, the idea was that now we have to mobilize and bring one billion people out on the streets on February 14, 2013 to say 'Enough! No more'. We are not going to take this violence any more, this violence has to stop," said Kapoor.
"I think that the root cause of all of this violence is the power differential between girls and boys, the fact that men are considered superior to girls. This whole violence is an expression to that power that men have over women," she added.
Kapoor emphasized that the people will have to start bringing up girls without discrimination to stop crimes against women.
"We will have to start teaching boys to respect girls within our homes and there should be no discrimination between girls and boys within our homes then only we can think about a gender sensitive society," she said.
The film festival is part of the global campaign 'One Billion Rising', which was flagged off in November 2012 demanding an end to violence against women.
The films screened at the festival will take us into the lives of women in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran, Africa, Australia, and South America.