As an educational outreach activity of WISCOMP’s project ‘Partners in Wellbeing: Youth Countering Violence Against Women’, this event was organized to mark International Women’s Day. The three-day event was attended by over 500 undergraduate students and members of the Lady Shri Ram College faculty and students. Titled ‘Breaking Barriers, Claiming Spaces: Women, Leadership and Change’, the program included two expert-led panel discussions followed by student panels on the same theme; three workshops on masculinity, gender and popular culture and freedom in movement; a curated poster exhibition on women’s rights; documentary film screenings; cultural performances in music, dance and theater; the release of a safety audit report; a totem pole installation; a Gender Mela (fair) and other activities.
The finale of this three-day event was marked by a contemporary dance performance and music by Stance Dance Studio (SDS) and Majma respectively, along with students who had participated in the workshops on 7 March 2015. In ‘Now Me Now You’, the dance choreography (by SDS) based on the poetry of the Kashmiri poetess Lal Ded, the movement, the dancers and the text were seen engaging in an active dialogue around intermingled spaces of gender and yet, the struggle to find one’s own space and one’s own voice.