The Fight Against Sexual Violence

The Fight Against Sexual Violence

The Fight Against Sexual Violence


The Here and Now 365 office is made up of a diverse bunch from financial analysts, journalists, media executives, graduates and people from other walks of life; it’s a thriving organisation where we’re all generally quite vocal and aren’t shy to pen them down in our blog.

One of our team members was fortunate to be at this year’s TEDxHousesofParliament conference and was eager to share his views on the speeches that were given. However, on this occasion, commentating and analysing someone’s speech didn’t seem appropriate.

The speaker, Meera Vijayann, gave a rousing speech to over a thousand attendees resulting in a standing ovation and instead of regurgitating it we thought we would share her speech on ‘what it’s like to be a young woman in India’ and her fight against sexual violence.


Instructions: Click on ‘Session 2’ and forward to 33.55 – 52.15

We only wish you could have all been there.

Meera specifically flew from India to give this talk as part of the TEDxChange initiative was created out of a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the TEDx program. It is an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development.

Meera Vijayann is a journalist working towards leveraging digital media for social change and empowerment.

Through the use of citizen journalism platforms, Meera explores creative ways that young women can participate in political, community and governance matters. As an elected member of the inaugural class of +SocialGood connectors, she facilitates dialogue between entrepreneurs, innovators and institutions to tackle global issues around gender rights and sexual violence.

In 2013, she won the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist Award for her reporting in the aftermath of the Delhi rape case. Her articles and blogs have appeared in the Guardian, CNN, Forbes, Open Democracy, IBN LIVE, The New Indian Express and other major media outlets.


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