Exposing sexual violence in India with Meera Vijayann

Meera Vijayan exposing sexual violence in India

Meera Vijiyan (@meeravijayan) is the telling the stories of rape and gender based sexual violence all over India. Her award winning work has been featured in publications like CNN, Huffington Post, and the Guardian.

In this interview, we chat about how Meera is putting herself in harm’s warm way with her reporting, the event that pushed her to start her journey, and the next steps in bringing more awareness to sexual violence.

Below is a summary of our interview:


Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s the acknowledgement that something else is more important than fear.

Lessons from the interview


1. How the infamous 2012 gang rape case in Delhi changed her life

2. How she used online channels to bring more attention to sexual violence

3. When she knew her reports were making a difference in people’s lives

Meera’s featured book

Identity and Violence
Identity and violence by Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize Winner)

In this sweeping philosophical work, Amartya Sen proposes that the murderous violence that has riven our society is driven as much by confusion as by inescapable hatred. Challenging the reductionist division of people by race, religion, and class, Sen presents an inspiring vision of a world that can be made to move toward peace as firmly as it has spiraled in recent years toward brutality and war.

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Derrick Duplessy

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