The Gender Study and Women's Cell, St. Xavier's College, Jaipur is organising a National Workshop, Sammaan: Understanding Harassment. Prajnya has co-conceptualised and is conducting the workshop. The three-day process involves: (1) An interactive lecture on workplace sexual harassment; (2) Active learning through a creative application of the training; (3) The creation and sharing of training and awareness resources as a way of 'paying forward.'
We open the 2021 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence with the launch of the 2021 Prajnya Gender Violence in India report. Kausumi Saha, the curator-author of this year's report, will share highlights and trends. Our special guest and commentator is Dr. Rukmini Sen, Dr B. R. Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Prajnya will offer a training on domestic violence and workplace sexual harassment for home nurses and attendants in partnership with the Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW).
2021 marks 60 years since the passage of The Dowry Prohibition Act in 1961. In 60 years, we have forgotten its existence and importance, even as the practice of dowry spreads to newer groups and ostentation becomes the norm at weddings. Once more, we find ourselves needing to highlight this custom and its consequences. This review panel features: Akila R (Advocate); Bharati Sharma (Activist, Shakthi Shalini) and Professor Sharada Srinivasan (University of Guelph). The panel will be facilitated by senior journalist, Ammu Joseph.
In partnership with Mockingbirds, we bring you our first online poetry reading. R. Aaliyah Banu, Hima Mouli, Vasanthi Swetha and Aarthi Ashokkumar will read their poems.
Theatre is a powerful way to express oneself and communicate social critique. Eminent theatre person and activist Dr. A. Mangai will introduce participants to the basics of writing good scripts. The workshop is limited to 15 participants. We will maintain a waiting list, however, so do sign up if you are interested.
Women's rights include reproductive rights--the choice to bear children or not, to prevent pregnancy or not. @Archytypes takes over our Twitter account @prajnya to talk about contraceptive violence.
This consultation, in partnership with the Tamilnadu Labourers' Rights Federation and Gramavaani, involves a sharing of their recent research on public awareness of Local Committees.
The catchiest songs, from any film industry, seem to have the most misogynistic words. Inspired by the Akshara Centre's Gaana Rewrite, Prajnya is inviting rewritten lyrics for hit Tamil songs with sexist and violent lyrics. Entries must be sent via this form if you want to write in Tamil script and this form if you want to write the Tamil lyrics in English script. Entries will be posted on our blog through the day on December 1.
Data on gender violence, both qualitative and quantitative, are still hard to come by. This is because such data is hard to collect; that is to say, research on sexual and gender-based violence is a challenging undertaking. A panel of experienced researchers and practitioners from fields as diverse as anthropology, geography, law and politics discuss those challenges.
Panelists: Philippa Williams (Queen Mary University of London); Shazia Choudhry (Oxford University); Preeti Karmarkar (Nari Samata Manch); Girija Godbole (IIT Mumbai); Ruchira Goswami (National University of Juridical Sciences); Nandini Ghosh (Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata); Supurna Banerjee (Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata).
This roundtable brings together members of the LGBTIQ+ community, policy-makers and practitioners specialising in urban planning for a serious discussion on how community members experience public spaces and what is needed so that public spaces feel safe and inclusive. This session is closed.
Prajnya has surveyed Chennai companies in the IT/ ITES sector to understand the extent of their compliance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, and the challenges they face. We will be sharing the findings of this report. This programme is by invitation only, and is closed.
Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre, Bhubaneswar will be releasing a set of awareness posters about disability and gender violence on the overlapping occasions of International day for People with Disablities and the 16 Day Campaign against Gender Violence. These will be shared on our various social media handles.
We experience sexism countless times and rarely stop to talk about it. This is an invitation to all of you to share your stories on your Instagram feed, and to tag us @prajnyatrust, when you do!
Remember to use the hashtags #everydaysexism, #breakthesilence and #prajnya16days in your English posts and #அனுதினமும்பாலினவாதம், #தயங்காதுபேசுவோம் and #பிரக்ஞா1நாட்கள் in your Tamil posts. .
Most important, don't forget to join us Live on Instagram @prajnyatrust at 7 p.m. IST where Niroopini and Maryam will talk about your posts, that is, your experiences of everyday sexism!
@NadjaNadika takes over our Twitter account. Join her on Spaces to discuss critiques of feminism that excludes and to reimagine solidarity.
Kolkata Sanved offers a two-hour workshop involving reflection, movement and exploration. Don't miss this dance movement therapy workshop which is capped at 15 participants.
Community Cafes are Prajnya's most important outreach format. On this Sunday afternoon, Team Prajnya's younger members will host and lead Community Cafes at their locations across India--from Chennai to Srinagar! By design, these are closed conversations between people already familiar and comfortable with each other. If you would like us to host one in your housing society, club or for your friends, do get in touch with us.
Marital rape is not a criminal act in India and the argument is made that that would be against Indian culture. This panel examines the problem of marital rape, the law and lived realities. Panelists: Jhuma Sen, lawyer and Audrey D'Mello, Majlis. Facilitator: Madhu Bhushan
The Network of Women in Media in India, Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre and Prajnya have invited Dr. Aiswarya Rao to conduct a short training on how to report gender-based violence against people with disabilities. What is appropriate language; what questions should be asked, and which ones avoided; and legal frameworks. The workshop is primarily meant for journalists.
At this closed consultation, social sector organisations in Tamil Nadu will meet to compare notes on the rising levels of child marriage and forced marriage in the state. We are also conducting a preparatory survey and will publish the survey results as well as the consultation report in early 2022.
What is workplace sexual harassment and what are workplace rights? We release a set of short videos made for distribution on the phone with the view of creating awareness about workplace rights among informal sector workers. The videos will be shared on WhatsApp with our network and also be made available on our YouTube channel.
Murders in the name of family or community honour occur across South Asia. We close with a panel that brings together experiences, perspectives and struggles across the region. The session is closed but video will selectively be shared later on our YouTube channel. Panelists: Vincent Kathir, Jagmati Sangwan, Benazir Jatoi and Shalini Umachandran. Facilitator: Kiran Moghe.