“When I was 15, my dad’s colleague molested me. And when my dad talked to him, he said, ‘She wanted it. I could tell, she wanted it.’”

This isn’t exactly news to too many of us. We have all “asked for it,” not with words or looks, but simply by existing. This is the story of Shreena Thakore, founder of No Country For Women, an organisation she started with her friend Ria Vaidya. Thakore and Vaidya, who met at Brown University, were tired of this glaring gender discrimination that attacks women systematically at every age, and the fact that it happened so blatantly, and was still ignored.

Source: Josh Talks

Source: Josh Talks

The way a woman is viewed in India, the flawed concept of consent—when it comes to sex with her, when it comes to her marriage, her career, her life—it all stems from the age-old patriarchal notions surrounding women and their “role in society.” No Country for Women aims to attack it at the very root, by using schools to start inculcating gender-based studies in its curriculum and to teach children right from the start that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable.

Watch Shreena speak here about her story, and how it led to her decision to change the way India looks at gender

The organisation is requesting funds so they can develop workshops that teach kids how to change the next generation, and take this forward to all cities in India. To help them out and to know more about their work, visit their website here.