In Delhi, change initiatives are going straight to the people! And what better place to start than the metro?
Photo: The Hindu, April 8, Deeksha Teri
Volunteer students from Delhi University, all men, are taking up posts at ten metro stations and talking to commuters about gender equality, patriarchy, and violence. Organised by the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), it’s a small but necessary start to raising awareness. Volunteers are also helping individual victims by providing a toll-free support line for help and more information.
And, near and dear to my own heart, the CHSJ is releasing a book of four plays about gender-based violence and masculinity. Thank you, theatre for social awareness and change!
Join the Ek Saath campaign, all supported by Forum to Engage Men, One Billion Rising, and the India Alliance for Gender Justice.
Saturday, March 19 Payne Park Sarasota for UN Women-USNC. Thanks to all our supporters and friends!
Come see us next at the Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival April 1 and 2!
TWE Film Festival
Perspective: so easy to lose, so important to keep in mind. Here are three reality checks for today to help you put things in perspective.
1 I frequently evaluate grant proposals, especially from small groups looking for modest funding to change harmful, deep-seated cultural practices. Sigh. Good luck with that one.
Reality check: sometimes large and unexpected changes come from small and humble origins.
2 Margaret Mead. An iconic American cultural anthropologist well worth study, especially by those who think they have no need for ‘cultural anthropology.’ Her insights will help you see everything differently. Plus she was the mother of Mary Catherine Bateson, a towering figure in her own right.
So, when small initiatives seem pointless, revisit MM:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
3 Why 2017 May Be the Best Year Ever.
Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times is essentially a reminder about perspective and having historical vision. It’s too easy to get caught up the in the immediate turmoils of our day-to-day lives.
Remember – or remember hearing about – the scourge of rampant, unchecked polio? Guinea worm? Horrific infant and maternal mortality rates that kept life expectancy to a mere 40 years of age?
Yup, we’re far from perfect. But let’s keep the past in mind.