On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Campaign Rebirth in collaboration with Oxford Bookstore organized the mega event ‘Gendericide’. The events scheduled for the day were – movie screening, cultural performances and a panel discussion. In addition to this, they also had on display an assortment of paintings, crafts, hand-painted bags made by the children of Prayas.
We bring to you the highlights of the event:
1) “Iss samaj mein, ladkon ki padhai ke liye paise jodte hain aur ladkiyon ke dahej ke liye”, says Shilpi Marwaha, a theatre activist working with Asmita Theatre group. Shilpi’s concise arguments laid bare the harsh realities of our society and it is always a pleasure to hear her talk and to watch her act.
2) “Just tell me one thing, would a girl ever marry a guy who is shorter than her and earns less than her?” and “By doing what you are doing, are you not going against the rules of evolution?” asks a guy from the audience during the panel discussion. He just would not stop. Despite Shilpi’s calm yet succinct answer to his queries, he was not convinced (the members of Campaign Rebirth and many of us in the audience were ready to pounce on him though. Great work, Shilpi). Like she said, our fight for equality has moved beyond the realm of physical equality, it is much broader than that. It is disheartening that the tangible issues of height, weight and money are what constitute and define the guy’s notions of the “weaker gender”. BUT, isn’t this exactly what we are fighting against? We have a long way to go. And we will. Change has already begun.
3) Performance by Asmita Theatre Group – They performed their much-acclaimed nukkad natak, DASTAK – Stop Violence against Women. In the narrow enclosure of Oxford Bookstore’s Cha Bar, the group moved everybody to tears with their brilliant natak. This is the third time I have been lucky to catch them live, and it hits me hard every time. Call them to your locality/ school/college/anywhere and they’ll perform for you –
Find the contact details at https://www.facebook.com/groups/asmitatheatre/
We congratulate and thank Campaign Rebirth for reaching out to us and taking a step closer to achieving their aims. All the best for your future campaigns!
Follow them at: http://girlchildrights.wix.com/campaign-rebirth
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