Convergence of Youth Led Movements Gives Impetus to Gender Mela
New Delhi, 12 Feb 2016: A plethora of youth led movements took centrestage on the second day of the Gender Mela giving it a fiery impetus. Discussions focused on what was unique about these movements like Happy to Bleed, North East Network, Joint Action Committee and the Rohith Vemula campaign and how they were not afraid to challenge authority. “We are important voices of dissent that must be recognized as for the first time in the campus students have come together cutting across colleges and movements in solidarity with the issues we represent,” said Shambhavi Vikram, a young activist from Happy to Bleed. Kawalpreet from JAC said, “Yet, our posters and other material are torn down and we are not allowed to express ourselves.” North East Network’s Tara Amrapali said, “These movements are also struggling to be accepted by the older movements and gain the credibility that they deserve.”
The day saw a convergence of multiple movements and groups. A film screening was held by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) followed by a discussion on the intersectionalities of caste and gender.
A vibrant mix of male and female students converged at the mela to participate in the discussions, join in film screenings and interactive games and quizzes that led to deeper understanding on issues of gender. A Nukkad Natak competition saw several colleges vying for the top slot and two flash mobs
The event is being held in collaboration with Miranda House, MenEngage Delhi and OBR as well as several other NGO partners like CFAR, Cequin and Women’s Feature Service.