WISCOMP’s educational and capacity building initiative ‘Partners in Wellbeing: Youth Countering Violence Against Women in India’ conducted a workshop as part of its outreach effort in transforming beliefs, attitudes, and behavior to counter (and prevent) violence against women in India. Students from rural areas in the vicinity of Delhi-NCR were drawn from the Pardada Pardadi Inter-College in Anupshahr, Bulandshahr District, Uttar Pradesh. There were 48 female students (between the age of 14 to 17 years), from this institution as well as four students studying in Delhi University’s Khalsa College.
In solidarity with the 16 days of activism against Gender based Violence the girls ‘oranged’ a canvas with their pledge cards in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Interactions with women from similar backgrounds who have taken up unconventional professions such as driving, photography and film making; and those mobilizing communities against early enforced marriage encouraged the participants to break barriers and claim spaces in their own lives. Theater, poetry, storytelling, videos and small group work activities provided an opportunity for them to reflect upon and analyze their journeys from gender-based inequality to gender equality – making them ‘Hum Sabal’ (strong empowered women).
On the occasion of the workshop a photo installation DIVERSE PEOPLE DIVERSE STORIES – Curated by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) Team.[www.psbt.org] – brought to life stories which are own.
Through interplay of text and image, it brought together glimpses and textures of human lives, narratives and journeys. The frames lend themselves to an intersectional understanding of the diversity of our experiences and realities. They document, represent, challenge, advocate, celebrate, affirm, empower, unsettle and often disturb. In doing so, they also bring forth the warmth, fragilities, vulnerabilities, strength and solidarities that human beings are uniquely capable of.