One Billion Rising at Central Park- Feb 5, 2017

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In Shadow Of Trump Presidency, ‘One Billion Rising’ Initiative Surges Again

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In 40 cities across India, a global campaign that protests violence against women will take place for the fifth year running.

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New Delhi: For ‘One Billion Rising (OBR) – a global campaign on women rising to protest and end violence against women – a Donald Trump presidency is a stark reminder that their mission has never been more crucial.

This year, OBR, in its fifth year of existence, will take place on February 5 in over 40 cities all over India including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata. In Delhi alone, 40 organisations are involved in the campaign. With last years turnout being around 15,000 people, this year is expected to be even bigger.

On Friday, Kamla Bhasin, a prominent activist and the South Asia coordinator of the One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign commended Donald Trump for propelling women to protest all over the world. She also said Trump has shown that feminism is not an outdated idea but rather is needed now more than ever. Bhasin also praised the response to the Bangalore molestation on New Year’s eve – the ‘I Will Go Out’ campaign, which happened in over 35 cities and urged women to reclaim public spaces normally occupied by men,

Various events relating to OBR were also held at Shivaji College with 3,000-4000 students attending as well as an event with 300-400 students at the School of Open Learning. An ongoing event is happening currently at Miranda House and another is scheduled for the 7th of February at Aligarh Muslim University.

Shabnam Hashmi, another prominent activist spoke about the launch of the first OBR and its expansion from a one-day event to a campaign which happens over the span of 10 days and the ways in which it has brought multiple groups together. She will be organising an OBR event in Dwarka as well.

The campaign does not focus solely on violence against women, but also on violence which has its roots in the caste system as well as sexual assaults faced by men. Satish Kumar Singh who works on the area of men and gender equality at the Centre for Health and Social Justice talked about hegemonic masculinity and its harmful effect on both men and women, OBR also joined MenEngage to organise workshops on men and gender equality.

On February 14, 2012 One Billion Rising (OBR), a mass global programme, was launched in an effort to call for an end to violence against women. It is based on the statistic that one in three women are either beaten or raped, which amounts to over one billion women. It therefore functions as a call to arms for women to come out and rise up against violence against women.  This year OBR will take place on Sunday to bring people together through dance and other cultural forms in order to facilitate a global movement of women who will rise up and stop violence against women.

People from 25 states unite to end violence against women

DNA, 5 Feb 2017

In an attempt to raise awareness about deep-rooted social issues that lead to violence against women, scores of people from over 300 districts in 25 states will take part in a campaign that will kick start in the national Capital on Sunday.

Under the One Billion Rising (OBR) initiative — a campaign aimed at curbing violence against women — people from all walks of life and communities will gather at Connaught Place’s Central Park and express their zero tolerance for violence against women with the help of various cultural and artistic activities.

This year, the focus of OBR will be involvement of women workers, including garment and sex workers. “We will be raising our voice against exploitation of women workers and reiterate our solidarity with them,” said renowned feminist Kamal Bhasin, who is also the South Asia Coordinator of the OBR campaign.

“We face violence on a daily basis, not just from customers but also from the police, who exploit us because of the ‘illegal status’ of our work. Sex workers should be recognised as other women workers because this is what we do for a living,” said Bharati Dey, Advisor, All India Network of Sex Workers.

On February 14, the groups will visit the slums in Delhi and sensitise people on women-related issues. “Our motto is ‘Not love of power, power for love’. We would like to rope in each and every section of society. So, this year, we want to reach out to the people who generally don’t indulge in these activities,” an organiser said. They are also trying to ensure participation of as many male allies as possible.

“Patriarchy is damaging for women, but at the same time, it is also damaging for men. Therefore, men must come out and dismantle patriarchy to save themselves as well as women. It has become imperative to work with men to challenge both patriarchy and masculinity,” said Satish Kumar Singh, Additional Director, Center for Health and Social Justice.

Calling OBR an appropriate platform to raise women issues, girl students in the national Capital expressed enthusiasm for participating in the campaign. “It would be a wonderful experience for all of us to witness such a huge gathering for the cause of women,” Delhi University student Rajni Verma said.

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One Billion Rising set to return- The Hindu

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New Delhi, February 3, 2017: Over the last five years, the One Billion Rising campaign (OBR) has brought together over half a million young people, rural and urban women, men and a cross-section of communities from as many as 25 states and 300 districts. The numbers are also growing globally with 200 countries, including the eight South Asian nations, observing OBR Day.

IMG-20170203-WA0016.jpgAs attacks on women and girls shake the country, OBR has emerged as a global platform that civil society, including community collectives, are using to amplify their voices to challenge structural injustices. The campaign has attracted large numbers of people who see it as offering an alternative paradigm through which to engage with the world; one in which the power of love and not the love of power is celebrated.

As recently as January 29, 2017, students of Karve Institute of Social Services who had planned to conduct an awareness campaign on ending violence against women, decided to make common cause with the OBR campaign. Explaining this decision, Neha said, “We consider it our duty and responsibility towards society and humanity to be part of this larger effort to raise awareness on the issue.” There are scores of such examples of youth groups and community collectives from all over the country joining the OBR campaign.

Affirming the statement, Kamla Bhasin, feminist, activist and South Asia Coordinator of the OBR campaign, spoke of how “OBR has expanded and deepened our friendships and networks locally and globally and enhanced our creativity. Moreover, this global campaign has strengthened our resolve and courage. During 2017, we will be raising our voices against the exploitation of women workers and reiterating our solidarity with them.

This year, OBR Day will be organized at Central Park, Delhi on February 5, 2017 to raise consciousness and give expression to the ‘Rise’ of the billion movers and shakers through dance, theatre and music and thereby leverage the power of global solidarity and collective action. In fact, the many communities and groups that gather there will use various cultural and artistic forms to express their zero tolerance for violence against women and their solidarity with millions of women who are struggling to secure the rights they are entitled to as workers. The organizations who are partnering and shaping the OBR event will also take this campaign forward across bastis and settlements in Delhi and NCR, on February 14, 2017, to commemorate the day the campaign was launched in 2013.

On January 19, 2017, as part of a series of Risings bringing together art and activism, campaign partners held an evening of soulful music, spreading messages of peace, harmony, and love. Artists included renowned Sufi singer Sonam Kalra, Kabir and Baul musicians Shabnam Virmani and Parvathy Baul, as well as a student choir called Dhwani.

The success of the campaign lies in its ever expanding reach, which is bringing together diverse communities and groups from Dalits and disabled women to religious minorities; with each of the communities and regions adapting and customizing the event to ensure that they are grounded in their realities, concerns and priorities. This year, the focus of the One Billion Rising is on the active involvement of women workers, including garment workers and sex workers.

Speaking on behalf on a Sex Workers’ Network, Bharati Dey, Advisor, All India Network of Sex Workers said, “We face violence on a daily bases and it is not just from customers but also the police who exploit us because of the “illegal status” of our work. Sex workers should also be recognized as other women workers because this is what we do for a living”

Reinforcing the core values of the OBR platform, Shabnam Hashmi, activist stated, “The One Billion Rising campaign has been able to break barriers and reach out to a huge number of people who have not been part of any feminist and progressive movement. More importantly, it has ignited the imagination of the new generation.”

As part of the inclusive outreach, the OBR events will also focus on the engagement and participation of men as allies in the struggle against violence on women and girls.

Patriarchy is damaging women but at the same time it is also damaging menwhich is very dangerous for them. Therefore, men must come out and dismantle patriarchy to save themselves as well as women. Patriarchy and hegemonic masculinity are a danger to all of humanity. It has become imperative to work with men to challenge both patriarchy and masculinity”, notes Satish Kumar Singh, Additional Director, Center for Health and Social Justice.

 This year, OBR partners also joined hands with the activist collective “I Will Go Out”, which was a campaign against street harassment. Undeterred by the persisting discrimination and neglect, growing incidence of violence and the many threats and efforts to silence and shame them, women supported by men and children, are now showing their determination to reclaim spaces that were being denied to them by defying time embargos, reveling in the joys of the night, occupying the streets and demanding rightful access to public transport; thereby altering people’s perceptions of women as the weaker sex that must be kept caged within four walls.

The need of the hour is to focus on the various oppressive structures that affect women and girls: capitalist patriarchy, corporate media, mindless consumerism, cosmetic industries and exorbitant dowries. Therefore, the emphasis must be on questioning these and other frameworks that perpetuate the psychological and economic abuse of women.

One Billion Rising Day on Sunday, 5th February at Central Park

We are celebrating OBR Day on Sunday, 5th February, from 1 pm onwards in Central Park, Connaught Place, Delhi, and invite you to join us to challenge violence against women and girls and celebrate love. 
 
Admission is free and there will not be restrictions on entry as this is an open space, so please do share widely with your networks. The Facebook invitation for the event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1821080311478870/ 
 
Looking forward to seeing all of you there!
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Musical evening-‘Challenging hatred and violence through music’

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Hindustan Times, 16 feb 2016

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PRESS RELEASE- ONE BILLION RISING – 2016

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New Delhi, 14 Feb. 2016: One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on 14th February 2013, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistics that 1 in 3 women in the world are beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

This year OBR is bigger and truly a game-changer. Delhi has been buzzing with OBR activities like screenings of films, street theatre, music, discussions, debates, peace walks, bike rally and Gender Mela since January 2016.

For the fourth year of the campaign, thousands of women, men, and youth from different sections of society in particular young people from schools and colleges will gather at Central Park, New Delhi to raise consciousness and express the ‘rise’ of the billion movers and shakers  through dance, theatre and music and leverage the power of global solidarity and collective action.

“We are against violence against women and girls and against patriarchy. Women are rising as survivors. We are celebrating LOVE and harmony. OBR is a synergy; it is a SANGAM of genders, nations, organizations. We are rising also to protect Mother Nature, and all marginalized groups.” Kamla Bhasin, feminist activist and OBR South Asia coordinator.

This is a day of listening to women from the marginalised sectors, listening to their issues, to their needs, making their stories hears and visible, to create deeper consciousness about their struggles.

“OBR to me is about searching the feminist in myself. Every year on this day I find a new reason to spread love and understand my own struggles. OBR is solidarity to me.” Pousali Sarkar, student-Miranda House, DU

 “One Billion Rising is a space where there is multiple hues of protests and also multiple hues of solidarity, it includes youth beyond universities”- Bijayalakshmi Nanda, Professor-Miranda House-DU

I believe in an inclusive society therefore people should come at one platform where they can showcase their experiences and stand in solidarity. This is OBR to me” Ahmed Faraz, MenEngage Delhi.

“This is a special day where violence against women can be brought up and we all can shout-NO MORE. This is not about any particular age of women it includes all”-Ginny Srivastava, Activist from Rajasthan

In the past few months there had been some incredible risings in different parts of the city by dedicated organizations, institutions and individuals.

Institutions and Colleges have also been actively taking up the One Billion rising Mantle! In the first ten days of February itself there have been many colleges actively participating and hosting events to talk about Violence against Women. IP college for Women held a workshop on Violence against women, and sexual harassment as part of the OBR campaign on the 2nd of February.

Kalindi College also held a Gender Mela on the 5th of February complete with a flash mob, nukkad natak, movie screening of the film- Immoral Daughters and a speech by Kamla di. Miranda House on the 8th of February gave a call for rising with a rally and a flash mob. Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak is having a whole day of events regarding Violence against women with a street theatre etc on the 11th of February.

Shyam lal College also rose for One Billion Rising by hosting a day of advocacy against Violence against women on the 3rd of February. Miranda house along with Action Aid, CFAR and Centre for Health and Social Justice are holding a three day Gender Mela as part of the OBR campaign from the 11th to 13th of February.

PRESS RELEASE-Over 2000 young people throng the Gender Mela in Miranda House

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Over 2000 young people throng the Gender Mela in Miranda House

New Delhi, 11 Feb 2016: The three days Gender Mela, organized by Miranda House, MenEngage Delhi and the One Billion Rising Campaign, with  support from women and community  groups, got off to a festive note with a cross section of young people expressing themselves in different ways.

A large turnout of students thronged the colorful stalls put up by organizations that are leading the gender equality campaign in Delhi. Messages and resource material on gender, particularly the importance of involving men and boys in gender issues, took centre stage amidst a carnival atmosphere. What particularly struck a chord among the youngsters were innovative T shirts by MenEngage Delhi saying, ‘This is Raju, Raju thinks mard to dard nahin hota, Raju is wrong, mard ko dard bhi hota hai, rona bhi aata hai and darr bhi lagta hai. Don’t be like Raju’

In yet another stall, young people from Saboli Khada, Kalyanpuri and Nangal Raya showcased an selection of media articles on violence against women which they had collated as part of their learning initiative. More importantly, the media articles helped to stimulate a purposeful dialogue among a cross section of young people. Speaking about this initiative, Sanjeevani a student from Nangal Raya said “It prompted us to brainstorm on what each one of us should do to stop violence against women.”

An inter-collegiate debate with participation from Jamia Millia Islamia, Motilal Nehru College, JNU, Jesus and Mary College, PG DAV and Lady Hardinge Medical College took students by storm.

Harshita Pandey, spokesperson of the Women’s Development Cell, Miranda House and organizer of the Gender Mela put it very aptly when she said:  “We do not see it as a make believe event but as an expression of young women aspiring to live life on our terms and break age old gender stereotypes that small town girls like me have been subjected to and conditioned by while growing up.”

Inaugurating the Gender Mela, Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House, stated that the day had started off on a high note for her when she came across 12 year old Suraj from Kalyanpuri, who is part of a street theatre group that is contributing to changing attitudes on gender in the community.

Elaborating on this she added that: “Suraj is a symbol in more ways than one because he is telling us is that what finally counts is working on the ground because that is where we will confront the fault lines and also the insights that are necessary to find solution within our own framework. This is also the reason why a space like a College makes a huge difference”.

Kamla Bhasin, the intrepid social activist and the face of the One Billion Rising (OBR) Campaign across South Asia made it clear that, “Bending gender is the need of the hour’ for both girls and boys because men are the biggest beneficiaries of patriarchy as is evident in every institution and in the higher echelons of power. But there are also huge numbers of men who are losing out as much as women given the stereotypical definition of masculinity and the ridicule that men who do not fit into it are subjected to.”

Abhijit Das, Director, CHSJ, said “Women have to help men in acknowledging gender inequality by holding up a mirror in which men can look into and reflect on their masculine privileges.” He added that men must start take on the role of being partners in change while pointing out the fact that among the 17 SDGs, the ones on equality, justice and gender need to be acted upon to ensure a firm base for gender equality.

Other speakers were Ms. Rukmini Rao, noted gender specialist, Ms. Rakhee Bakshi, senior journalist and Ms. Smita Khanijow.

The evening was rounded off with a performance by the Sufi Rock band Goonj

Hindustan Times, 15 Feb 2015

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ONE BILLION RISING REVOLTION is back!!!

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OBR at Kalyanpuri-East Delhi

Azad – OBR – Invitation Letter – Feb. 6, 2016 – Kalyanpuri, East Delhi

 

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Peace Walk ON 6TH Feb 2016

Srijanatmak Manushi Sanstha ( SMS)

 Cordially invites you all to join in our Peace Walk and strengthen “

ONE BILLION RISING”

(A movement in more than 200 countries)

To End Violence And Injustice Of All kinds

As violence gets more brutal…our voices get bigger and stronger

      Date and Time :  6th Feb 2015 (Saturday), 3.30 pm onwards.

Starting point   : Navniti apartments, 51 I.P.Extension

            Programme      : Peace walk , Drumming, Flash dance on Delhi Rising,  and “Break the Chain,  “Azadi” dance, Nukkad Natak, Refreshments for        participants

LETS RISE FOR REVOLUTION, LOVE AND PEACE…. “KRANTI, PYAAR AUR SUKOON KE LIYE UMDO”…Drum, Dance and Rise…Listen, Act and Rise.

Flash Mob at DLF Saket Mall

On 29th November (3pm-5 pm), School and College students will congregate at the DLF Saket Mall for a flash mob and they have chosen to dance to “Break the Chain“.

Please to join us in large numbers!!

 

 

Jantar Mantar Event, 2 November 2015

A little way into the turn of the Jantar Mantar road on 2nd November 2015 was a little space, seething power and liberation. A colourful stage flanked by banners, pictures and posters stood before an expectant audience, waiting patiently for the unfolding of the first glimpse of Kajarya in India. Kajarya is a movie which lays bare the palimpsest that India is. It deals with the issue of sex selective abortions in India and the methodology used therein. The trailer of this internationally acclaimed movie was to be launched, but before that, the spirit of One Billion Rising was ushered in to set the tone of the evening.

The programme started at 4:30 PM with overview speeches by Ms. Kamla Bhasin (OBR coordinator- South Asia) and Ms. Abha Bhaiya (OBR coordinator- India) on gender discrimination, child abuse, domestic violence, sex selective abortions and the role of One Billion Rising campaign in challenging all these. The audience saw words transforming into actions with heartwarming dance and theatrical performances put up by little children from SMS . Their musical piece depicting the child- father relationship was especially appreciated by the spectators. Next in line were slam poetry and rap performances by girls from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Miranda House respectively. Raahi, an NGO working against child abuse also presented a freeze mob with powerful slogans put up on banners to raise awareness on the issue of child abuse. Mittika came up with a visual and compelling piece on men and masculinity. The Women’s Development Cell of Lady Shri Ram College had also put up an exhibition displaying the pictures from their sessions with children on gender sensitivity. Unprejudiced sketches made by the cell’s members and children aged 7-10 years of age earned a lot of appreciation from all present. Various organisations like Sangat, Action Aid, Jagori, FAT, Centre for health and Social Justice, Oxfam, CFAR, WSF etc. were present too.

Finally, Ms. Madhureeta Anand, the director of Kajarya, proceeded to the stage, accompanied by the cast and crew of her movie. By the time the clock ticked to the moment of the trailer launch of Kajarya, the audience was highly energised and the 2 minute long trailer only fastened their heartbeats. The stark realities of the Indian diaspora and its gendered treatment of the process of birth itself came brimming out of the lit screen and a pressing urge to change things shined through all pairs of eyes. The culmination of such an event could not be anything but an oath, a resolution of revolution. Everyone present lit candles in remembrance of all the girls who had disappeared from the Indian demographic and brought a perfectly solemn end to a passionate evening.

Women’s Development Cell of Miranda House and CFAR -One Billion Rising meet, November 6, 2015

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Rising campaign in Jamia concludes

Statesman, 7 Nov 2015

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Notes of Harmony-Towards Gender Justice- November 4, 2015

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The Hindu, 4 Nov 2015

Where the two converge…

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Madhureeta Anand’s upcoming film “Kajarya” deals with female infanticide and the rural-urban divide

Entertainment and social commitment in Hindi films rarely go hand in hand. But the Capital witnessed a different kind of event where the two intertwined. It was the trailer launch of upcoming thriller Kajarya. It explores the life of two women – one rural and another from an urban background.

Set in Delhi and Haryana, it is written and directed by Madhureeta Anand, who in order to get her subject right stayed in villages to understand the urban-rural divide.

Interestingly, the socially relevant film was launched at Jantar Mantar, a location for social movement. A unique candle light vigil was also held for “50 million girls” who have gone missing in the country.

The story is about two women. Do you want to portray the urban-rural divide through the film?

Yeah, it is about the life of two women who should never have met as both have a different background. But their lives get completely intertwined by a stroke of fate. In some ways, it starts influencing each other’s life and then how it brings a change in them is what the film is all about.

What motivated you to make a film on this issue of female infanticide?

In my early days as a film professional I did not have much idea about this issue but when the 2011Census came out, I was shocked as it moved me as a woman where our very existence is coming under cloud.

What made you choose Jantar Mantar, a platform-of-resent, instead of an air conditioned hotel in Delhi to launch the trailer of your film?

The film is basically a question for the whole society. That is the reason for choosing Jantar Mantar because it is a place from where the popular voices come. One Billion Rising, an initiative started by Eve Ensler, is endorsing our film. Through the film we want to start a full-fledged campaign against female infanticide.

It has taken a long journey for this film to release in India. Share us the details.

The toughest task was the writing part as I had to do research. And for that I had to live in villages to understand the lives of women there. And funding for this kind of films is not easy. So it was a tough journey but later when it received rave reviews from festivals and people like Kamla Bhasin, Eve Ensler and many organisations then it became a journey for all women.

How are you planning to release Kajarya as it is always a difficult task for finding distributors for this kind of films?

We are planning to release the film in 100 screens and if it does well we will expand the distribution. I want to connect with people from different walks of life and not only intellectuals and cinema literates. I want to reach out to the common man through different means.

How did Eve Ensler, a renowned writer and social activist, come on board?

She saw the film after it was made. I received an e-mail from her in which she called the film as a fierce and disturbing film on the traditional oppression of women. As a woman, it moved her. It was a very kind gesture from her as I am a big fan of her.

PRESS RELEASE, November 4, 2015

New Delhi, 4 November 2015: Centre for Health and Social Justice, Department of Political Science (JMI), One Billion Rising Campaign and MenEngage Delhi organised a programme “Notes of Harmony – towards Gender Justice”, at Ansari Auditorium, Jamia University today.

One Billion Rising Campaign since the beginning has been using cultural expressions to create a wider platform. MenEngage Delhi has collaborated with the campaign to create a cultural resonance on the issue of gender justice.

The program started with panel discussion on ‘Portrayal of Gender and Masculinities in Media’. Media portrays gender roles in stereotyped ways; mass media in general constitute potentially powerful sources of information pertaining to gender appropriateness of a wide variety of practices and behaviours. In the light of this, media is constantly enforcing and re-enforcing stereotypes and creating ideal types of different roles, which viewers often blindly ascribe to. Through the panel discussion activists and senior journalists explored ways in which media operates, affects us and influences our behaviour and gendered practices.

On the occasion Kamla Bhasin, feminist-activist and South-Asia coordinator for One Billion Rising Campaign released a book Dimensions of Change brought out by CHSJ. This book  have articles written by senior journalists Rashme Sehgal, Annu Anand, Annapurna Jha and Anita Katyal – that bring out how complex is the process of gender socialization and its manifestations. The books also highlight many of the current issues of gender justice that need to be addressed.

Students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College and Indraprastha College for Women participated in an Inter College Debate on ‘The media is responsible for increase in Sexism and Violence against Women”.

The program came to an end with musical performance by renowned sitar maestro Shri Partha Bose’s Performance. His performance highlighted different moods, images and journey of a woman demanding equality and gender justice.

“My perception of the world – especially India – in the context of gender realities motivated me to look at another objective of music- bringing people together and raising consciousness for women’s rights and building avenues for protests against discrimination and for collective action towards gender justice.”- Partha Bose, sitar maestro.

Women’s Development Cell of Miranda House in collaboration with CFAR is organizing a meet for One Billion Rising, 6th Nov 2015

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‘Kajarya’ trailer launch: Madhureeta Anand addresses the issue of female foeticide in her new film

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‘Kajarya’ trailer launch: Madhureeta Anand addresses the issue of female foeticide in her new film

Filmmaker Madhureeta Anand, whose next film ‘Kajarya’ addresses the issue of female foeticide, launched its trailer in the presence of social activists here at the Jantar Mantar, which has witnessed many significant social movements in the past.Unlike most films, the launch event late Monday brought together a mixed crowd of men and women who were not blind to the act of killing a female foetus.

The film tells the story of two women from different backgrounds, wherein one lives in a village and has the job of killing the baby, essayed by actress Meena Hooda, while the other is an opportunistic journalist from New Delhi, played by actress Ridhima Sud.

“‘Kajarya’ is a film which is like a cry from my heart. It is because of the world we live in right now, which is so discriminatory and so bad towards women.

“Anything which is bad for women is in a way bad for men too… So it is creating a poisonous societal environment,” Anand, who’s all for more films on women empowerment, told IANS.

The event also saw eye-opening street plays by children from NGO One Billion Rising and a monologue organised by a few students of Lady Shri Ram College.

Social activist Kamla Bhasin, the South East Asia representative of NGO One Billion Rising, shared her views on female foeticide.

“I feel most ashamed by the fact that over 50 million girls are missing in India. ‘Kajarya’ is a powerful film directed by a passionate woman trying to jolt us and make us rise against this violence.

“One Billion Rising South Asia is happy to partner with the film’s makers to rise against violence towards women and girls and out patriarchal mind set,” Bhasin said.

The makers of the film also organised a candle lighting ceremony for the girls who have been a victim of female foeticide.

Besides Bhasin, who has through the NGO, endeavoured to endorse “Kajarya” globally, there were representatives from other non profit organisations.

‘Kajarya’, which was premiered at Dubai International Film Festival, subsequently travelled to several film festivals, earning much accolade. In the process, the film caught attention of Eve Ensler, who apart from being a social activist, is also the writer of “The Vagina Monologues”. She has also endorsed the film.

The film tells the story of two women from different backgrounds, wherein one lives in a village and has the job of killing the baby, essayed by actress Meena Hooda, while the other is an opportunistic journalist from New Delhi, played by actress Ridhima Sud.

The film is set to release on December 4.

‘Kajarya’ trailer launched at Jantar Mantar

Business Standard, 2 Nov 2015

‘Kajarya’ trailer launched at Jantar Mantar

IANS  |  New Delhi

Filmmaker Madhureeta Anand, whose next film “Kajarya” addresses the issue of female foeticide, launched its trailer in the presence of social activists here at the Jantar Mantar, which has witnessed many significant social movements in the past.

Unlike most films, the launch event late Monday brought together a mixed crowd of men and women who were not blind to the act of killing a female foetus.

“‘Kajarya’ is a film which is like a cry from my heart. It is because of the world we live in right now, which is so discriminatory and so bad towards women.

“Anything which is bad for women is in a way bad for men too… So it is creating a poisonous societal environment,” Anand, who’s all for more films on women empowerment, told IANS.

The event also saw eye-opening street plays by children from NGO One Billion Rising and a monologue organised by a few students of Lady Shri Ram College.

Social activist Kamla Bhasin, the South East Asia representative of NGO One Billion Rising, shared her views on female foeticide.

“I feel most ashamed by the fact that over 50 million girls are missing in India. ‘Kajarya’ is a powerful film directed by a passionate woman trying to jolt us and make us rise against this violence.

“One Billion Rising South Asia is happy to partner with the film’s makers to rise against violence towards women and girls and out patriarchal mind set,” Bhasin said.

The makers of the film also organised a candle lighting ceremony for the girls who have been a victim of female foeticide.

Besides Bhasin, who has through the NGO, endeavoured to endorse “Kajarya” globally, there were representatives from other non profit organisations.

“Kajarya”, which was premiered at Dubai International Film Festival, subsequently travelled to several film festivals, earning much accolade. In the process, the film caught attention of Eve Ensler, who apart from being a social activist, is also the writer of “The Vagina Monologues”. She has also endorsed the film.

The film tells the story of two women from different backgrounds, wherein one lives in a village and has the job of killing the baby, essayed by actress Meena Hooda, while the other is an opportunistic journalist from New Delhi, played by actress Ridhima Sud.

The film is set to release on December 4.

(IANS report is also picked up by webindia, yahoonews and thestatesman 

Madhureeta Anand: Deepika Padukone’s ‘My Choice’ video limited to urban understanding

TOI 3 Nov 2015

Madhureeta Anand: Deepika Padukone’s ‘My Choice’ video limited to urban understanding

Amann Khuranaa,TNN
Kamla Bhasin and Eve Ensler’s ‘One Billion Rising’ came together to launch the trailer of Madhureeta Anand’s Kajarya at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The film, which talks about various women issues including the female feticide, revolves around the lives of two women coming from different backgrounds. The film was premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and has received international acclaim.

READ: Movie Kajarya selected for Montreal Film Festival

Prior to the trailer launch, several women fighting for women’s rights addressed the audience. The event also saw children performing to songs and doing street plays on various issues revolving around women in India.

Speaking about the film, director Madhureeta Anand said, “I had read an interview in a newspaper wherein a woman was asked as to why they kill baby girls. She had said that women just act like a hangman and that they do not have any choice. This line really got me thinking and started writing the film. At one point, I thought that it was not really an issue to make a film out of. But in 2010, the sex ratio had fallen further and I decided that the film has to come out.”

When asked if she was apprehensive about casting Ridhima Sood, given her glamorous image, the filmmaker said, “She didn’t have any glamorous image. She hadn’t done anything at that time. We had auditioned her but the audition hadn’t gone well. Then, I was shown a clipping of Ridhima where she wasn’t acting. At that time, I knew it was Meera (the reporter in the film). The main character has been played by Meenu Hoooda, who is a jat living in Rohtak, Haryana. The moment she walked in through the door, I was sure about casting her. So the whole casting process was very interesting.”

Expressing her thoughts over Deepika Padukone’s ‘My Choice’ video, Madhureeta said that it was good that Deepika has spoken about the issue but she feels that the video per se was limited to urban understanding.

Kajarya film trailer launch with OBR at Jantar Mantar 

New Delhi, 2 Nov 2015: For the fourth consecutive year we are getting ready to RISE big time against Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) as One Billion Rising.

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The Campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012 began as a call to action based on the UN staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

OBR is the culmination of the global women’s movement fighting against VAWG for the past many decades. Since millions have been RISING in 207 countries, OBR is the largest ever global mobilization and the biggest war on planet earth. No other war affects over a billion people and no war is waged within homes and within most intimate relationships.

In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalized women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change, to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.

“Preparations for One Billion Rising 2016, have started in different parts of the world. As long as violence is there we will Rise against it. We launched OBR South Asia in Kathmandu on 2nd October, 2015, the International Non Violence Day.” Kamla Bhasin the South Asia Coordinator of One Billion Rising 

OBR Delhi has collaborated with a powerful film maker Madhureeta Anand and jointly organized a launch of the trailer of her feature film Kajarya today at a symbolic space of protest – Jantar Mantar.  This film is on sex selection, the most horrific violence in India.

Sex selective abortion is the biggest violence against girls and our country is the worst affected. It is incredible that we have killed millions of girls and our own families are responsible for it.  Estimates say that 50 million girls have gone missing from the Indian demographic. Hundreds of people gathered at Jantar Mantar and lit the candles in the memory of about 50 million girls who were not allowed to be born.

“Kajarya is a fierce, disturbing, lyrical and illuminating tour de force imploring us to face the patriarchal murdering of thousands of our girl babies and how structural and traditional oppression, destroys women, turning them against their own souls. It is a brave and important film and should be seen by all”. Eve Ensler, American Playwrite who initiated the One Billion Rising Campaign

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Kajarya is a film that has one several national and international accolades.  The film releases in Indian theatres on the December 4, 2015.

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Ahead of the film’s release, the trailer will be launched in an innovative way with One Billion Rising Campaign in Delhi.

Venue:  Jantar Mantar

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GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION

One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign is a global call to action to stop violence against women and girls, it is about connecting all our efforts across borders and boundaries to create a safer world for women and girls and to reach out to men and boys to examine their power and privileges and stand up and speak up for equality. OBR has been using artistic expressions recognising that patriarchy and oppression often imprison our bodies and stifle our voices and curtail our cultural expressions. It is then through partnering with performers and artists that we rise as a collective against oppression.

We are rising again with the only agenda of reaching out to every last individual for the sake of a gender just society. In order to have a larger social media resonance with the vision of every social media platform having just one headline and discussion that is “TO HAVE A GENDER JUST SOCIETY” on the behalf of OBR we are calling all the youth focused organisations and forums to come together and create a larger advocacy module for the coming months.

Interaction with Award Winning Singer- Activist Maya Azucena

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Inter College Debate on “The media is responsible for increase in Sexism and Violence against women”

Inter college Debate

Notes of Harmony-Towards Gender Justice

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SOUTH ASIANS RISING AGAINST VIOLENCE AND FOR LOVE

A collaborative production by organisations and activists in South Asia

NEW!! OBR South Asia Video

We are rising again…!! 2016

Rise with us in Delhi this year..!!

Join us in various programs for ONE BILLION RISING CAMPAIGN

Performance by Maya Azucena

Maya is a survivor of domestic violence and passionate about the global One Billion Rising Campaign. In 2013 she created “Dance Revolution,” an anthem (and music video) in support of all the fearless women and men who will stand for justice.  Read more www.mayaazucena.com. This is in collaboration with the American Centre.

On 28 October 2015 (11:30 am – 01:00 pm)  Gargi College (all are welcome)

It will be an interaction-cum-workshop/performance with Gargi College.  The auditorium has a seating capacity of 1200, so please do join us for this event.

Another program on  29 October 2015 (6:30 pm) at Kamani Auditorium

2nd November  (tentative)

Trailer Launch of Kajarya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGHBMkehUMQ

Ahead of the film’s release, Madhurita from Ekaa Films is launching the trailer  in an innovative way.  They plan to launch it at Jantar Mantar and call all those who are concerned about the issue to light a candle for all the girls who have gone missing from the Indian demographic.

  1. 4:30 to 6:00 om we have a show where NGOs, college students, school students etc perform play, songs, poems about the issue.
  2. At 6:00pm people speak about the issue.
  3. At 6:20pm – launch the trailer of kajarya
  4. At 6:30pm – 51 girls light the first candles and then everyone follows and  light candles.

4th November 2015 between 2 -6:30pm , Centre for Health and Social Justice in collaboration with Jamia Millia Islamia- Outreach Programme and Sangat South Asia, Jagori, OBR and MenEngage Delhi are organising a programme:

entitled : “Notes of Harmony – towards Gender Justice”, at Ansari Auditorium

The tentative agenda is as follows:

2:15pm to 4:00pm:Introduction,Inter college debate, Panel Discussion: with Senior Journalists and feminist activist and coordinator for One Billion Rising Campaign in South Asia, Kamla Bhasin
Release of book- “Dimensions of Change” by Vice Chancelor, JMI. Dimensions of Change is the first volume of the Global Resource Centre on Masculinities.

4:15- 6:15 pm: Sitar Performance- Renowned Sitar maestro Shri Partha Bose’s Performance:  Specially curated performance, reflecting on the shift in women’s position in society.

Info on the Panelists:

Ankita Katyal: She has been a journalist for over three decades, having worked with The Times of India and The Tribune. She currently contributes to The Asian Age and the news website Scroll.in. She has written on subjects ranging from women and social issues, domestic politics and Parliament.

Annapurna Jha: is a Delhi-based journalist with over 24years experience, covering the political beat including Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet, Parliament and also issue of terrorism and social sector. She has managed news flow from around the country for the news agency United News of India(UNI). She has been Assistant Editor, The Pioneer; Special Correspondent, UNI; and is Associate Editor of Central Hall, a magazine for the members of Parliament.

Reshme Sehgal: is a career journalist based in Delhi who has worked with leading Indian news dailies such as The Asian Age, The Times of India, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Indian Post.

Offer more than a helping hand, Deccan Herald, 27 Feb 2015

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Three Years and Counting… Striking, Rising, Dancing Against Violence

Chetna Verma

“We lie to ourselves that ‘it is my choice’. Most of the things done by women are to please the society. We are the target of capitalist patriarchy, pornography, trafficking and cosmetic industry. They want us to surrender but we must rise against it.”… On the streets where eve teasers roam free and from where rapists can pick up any woman they want to violate and brutalise in the worst possible ways, in offices where women are vulnerable to sexual harassment, inside homes from where the vicious cycle of gender discrimination begins, and in each and every space where patriarchy rears its ugly head, thousands of girls and women have answered the call of the One Billion Rising (OBR) movement – to break the chains of confinement, dance to the tunes of freedom and speak up loud and clear against gender violence. As far as movements go, OBR, which has completed three years, “celebrates and liberates” women everywhere, encouraging them to “stop seeing themselves as victims” and “take back control of their lives”. Rural and urban, illiterate and learned, able and disabled, women, men and alternate genders, everyone under the inclusive OBR umbrella has found a voice and heart to demand a society that sees women as individuals in their own right and not as puppets who merely fulfil their gendered roles.

“How do we liberate ourselves from the stranglehold of patriarchy? We dance, we sing, we take to the streets.”

http://www.wfsnews.org/current.php?startitem=1

Saboli Khadda (North East Delhi) rising

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Women and children of Rajiv Camp, Krishna Market including women street vendors collectively celebrated womanhood on 14th Feb 2015

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Delhi rising at Jantar Mantar to end violence against women

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Amar Ujala, 15 Feb 2015

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Dainik Jagran, 16 Feb 2015

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Press Release, 13th Feb_Connect with the OBR Campaign is growing phenomenally

Connect with the OBR Campaign is growing phenomenally among girls and boys, women and men, across states and cities and bringing into its fold both young people and diverse stakeholders and institutions which range from business to faith based organizations stated social activist, Kamla Bhasin

Delhi, 13 February, 2015: 14 February, popularly associated with Valentine’s Day, is now marked worldwide as the day to voice concern and protest against the growing violence against women and express solidarity for the global campaign to stop violence against women under the aegis of the One Billion Rising (OBR) Campaign.

Recalling the groundswell the campaign has aroused since 2012 and the fact that it is growing from strength to strength, Kamla Bhasin, South Asia Coordinator, OBR spoke about how the campaign has brought into its fold women and men across 19 states of India and all eight South Asian countries. And went on to add that “it is now resounding loudly in places as far flung as Siliguri where students from Loreto College, Darjeeling and from Kolkata partnered with local radio stations and leading banks such as State Bank of India, to popularize the campaign message of zero tolerance to violence against women.”

Shabhnam Hashmi, a leading social activist and founder member of Anhad, who has been actively involved in the wider mobilization drive for the campaign emphasized that “OBR has galvanized millions of women across the world to stand together to stop violence against women.” Taking this forward she said that the “connect with the OBR campaign is instant, truly organic and purposeful.” She went on to add  that the OBR public meeting proposed to be held in Rohtak on 19 February will best demonstrate this as it “will not only bring thousands of women together but will register a strong protest against heinous crime committed recently against a disabled woman.”

Explaining the impact the OBR campaign has had on young people, Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Professor, Miranda House admitted that “sustained initiatives among students of Delhi University led by Miranda House Women’s Development Cell and the young people from the different clusters of bastis led by CFAR resulted in a deep sense of ownership on the issue.” She went on to emphasize that “young people are now at the forefront of the   movement and all the ideas and strategies have been shaped by them; they have declared unanimously and in one unified voice their resolve to ensure zero tolerance to violence  against  women and girls.” The fervor and hope that the campaign has evoked in young people, she stated, was best represented by the fact that “today we are seeing girls and boys fighting jointly against patriarchal values and aspiring to create a milieu that respects equality and diversity.”

None of this enthusiasm would have been possible without the concerted effort made by Azad Foundation and Asmita Theatre Group to raise consciousness especially among young men by using street theatre. Having performed a street play called ‘Mard” that challenges all notions of masculinity across many bastis, reaching out to 20000 people of which, 7000 were men, Arvind Gaur from Asmita Group stated that we focused on “changing the mindset of men as it is an important step to stop violence against women.”

Reinforcing this Ankit from Azad Foundation stated that have worked with women of various bastis of Delhi, there was a dire need to engage men and “realized that in order to change the unequal and violent relationships in families, it is high time that men seize the responsibility in ending the vicious and ever recurring cycle of violence.”

In Delhi, OBR Campaign was resonating amongst diverse populations from residents of habitats as far apart as Dwarka in West Delhi and Badarpur in South Delhi to Seemapuri in East Delhi and involving constituencies such as people living with disability, survivors of violence, students, children, auto drivers and homemakers, who had been mobilized by a plethora of organizations. They include: Samarthyam, SMRC and Women with Disabilities India Network Manas, Srijnatmak Manushi Sanstha, ActionAid, and their partner organizations CADAM, Action India, Azad Foundation, Nine is Mine Campaign for Children, Miranda House, Centre for Advocacy and Research, Azad Foundation, Asmita Theatre Group and Jagori to name a few.

Rise for Revolution on 14th Feb at Jantar-Mantar

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http://www.delhievents.com/2015/02/rise-for-revolution-to-end-violence.html

Two Day gender fair begins at Shivaji College

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Trump’s rise revived feminism in US, elsewhere: Bhasin

3 Feb 2017, PTI

 

Feminism in America was believed to have become “fossilised” but President Donald Trump’s “political rise” has proved to be a blessing in disguise for women’s movement, not just in the US but many other countries as well, noted activist Kamla Bhasin today said.

“In America, feminists were thought to have become dinosaurs, but thanks to Trump, now it has been revived, as it became evident on January 21 when countless women marched in the streets in an unprecedented display of solidarity for equality and human rights,” she said.

Bhasin, who has been actively engaged with gender and developmental issues for over 35 years, was addressing a press conference at the Indian Women Press Corps here.

Thousands of protesters, in Washington, New York and other cities in the US, flooded the streets a day after Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President, against what they alleged was “divisive policies” of the new administration.

Bhasin also said this year’s ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign would be held on February 5, at the Central Park in Connaught Place, where artists, poets, musicians, and scholars will assemble and “celebrate femininity” and equal rights.

“You push us down in Bengaluru and we will go out, you push us down in Delhi and we will fight back,” said Bhasin, also the South Asia Coordinator of ‘One Billion Rising’.

Held annually, ‘One Billion Rising (OBR)’ is a voluntary campaign organised by a group of feminist leaders to put spotlight on women’s rights through acts of poetry, theatre, dance, music and speeches.

Nastasia Paul-Gera, who is part of the South Asia Secretariat of the campaign, said, “This year the OBR will also see take this campaign forward to bastis and settlements in Delhi-NCR.”

“Bands like ‘Majma’, Vidya Shah and other artists will be performing this year. Various parallel events would be held in colleges,” she said.

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘One Billion Rising’ in Delhi for women’s rights

Business Standard

4 Feb 2017

‘One Billion Rising’ in Delhi for women’s rights Source : IANS Last Updated: Fri, Feb 03, 2017 22:00 hrs AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to WhatsAppShare to LinkedIn New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) The ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign that started five years ago as a mass revolution to end rape and sexual violence against women, is back in the national capital.

To give expression to the rise of a billion movers and shakers and leverage the power of global solidarity and collective action, the One Billion Rising (OBR) day will be organised here at Central Park on February 5.

The campaign focuses on the various oppressive structures that affect women and girls — capitalist patriarchy, corporate media, mindless consumerism, cosmetic industries and exorbitant dowries. Therefore, the emphasis is on questioning these and other frameworks that perpetuate the psychological and economic abuse of women.

Many communities and groups will gather on the OBR day and use various cultural and artistic forms to express their zero tolerance for violence against women and their solidarity with millions of women who are struggling to secure the rights they are entitled to as workers. “Over the last five years, the OBR has brought together over half a million young people, rural and urban women, men and a cross-section of communities from as many as 25 states and 300 districts,”

OBR South Asia Coordinator Kamla Bhasin told the media here on Friday. She spoke of how OBR has expanded and deepened friendships and networks locally and globally and enhanced creativity. “This global campaign has strengthened our resolve and courage. During 2017, we will be raising our voices against the exploitation of women workers and reiterating our solidarity with them,” she said.

“The numbers are also growing globally with 200 countries, including the eight South Asian nations, observing OBR Day,” she said, adding: “As attacks on women and girls shake the country, OBR has emerged as a global platform to amplify women’s voices to challenge structural injustices.” Recently, students of Karve Institute of Social Services decided to make common cause with the OBR campaign. This year,

OBR also joined hands with the activist collective “I Will Go Out”, which was a campaign against street harassment. “We are revelling in the joys of the night, occupying the streets and demanding rightful access to public transport; thereby altering people’s perceptions of women as the weaker sex that must be kept caged within four walls,” she explained.

The organisations that are partnering and shaping the OBR event will also take this campaign forward across slums and settlements in Delhi and NCR on February 14. –IANS

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