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.

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