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Kohli, Raina, Rayudu & Shastri stand up for women

Kohli, Raina, Rayudu & Shastri stand up for women
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Cricketers Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Team India director Ravi Shastri have joined hands with city-based NGO My Choices for a campaign titled #RespectToProtect. Elaborating on what respecting a woman means to him, Virat says, “Protecting a woman means respecting her; protecting her choice to wear, to be, to earn,

Indian team members have joined hands with city-based NGO to raise awareness on respecting and protecting women

Cricketers Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Team India director Ravi Shastri have joined hands with city-based NGO My Choices for a campaign titled #RespectToProtect. Elaborating on what respecting a woman means to him, Virat says, “Protecting a woman means respecting her; protecting her choice to wear, to be, to earn, to dream whatever she wants. Protect means respecting her independence, I will protect to respect.”

For Ravi Shastri, “Protecting a woman means respecting her; protecting her emotional, sexual, economic and physical rights.” Rayudu adds, “Protecting a woman means respecting her; protecting her opportunity to be and do anything that her determination, ability and dreams will let her do. Protect means respecting her opportunity.”

Speaking about the campaign Elca Grobler, founder, My Choices, said, “The greatest gift a father can give his children is to respect and love their mother. Imagine an India where women and girls are valued and respected and treasured for all they are. Imagine an India where a girl can roam around freely because she is protected by all. This campaign will inspire all of us to stand up and respect2protect.

It will encourage men, young and old to step up into a position where they can and will respect and value women. And for the women of this beautiful country, hopefully this will be a reminder for them that there are thousands and thousands of men out there who want to stand up and respect2protect.”

Talking about the initiative by the players, Arshad Ayub, Indian team manager for ICC World Cup, says, “I am proud of our players for taking a stand against such a prevalent and harrowing issue. Especially at such a crucial time when we have so much media attention on the issue of violence against women and girls in India and when the world is watching the Cricket World Cup. Hopefully we can show ourselves and show the world that Indians, men in particular, are ready to take a stand and end this issue!”

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