GVR 2022 Launch

Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/gvr22

Help-seeking by domestic violence survivors

Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/svba1 (ba one)

Responding to domestic violence: Workshop for social work students

This workshop will mainly be in Tamil. Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/svbasw

Regional perspectives on domestic violence and access to justice

A stellar panel discusses the challenges faced by domestic violence survivors when they try to access justice. Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/svba2

Roundtable on the draft bill on honour killings

Human rights defenders will discuss the draft of a bill to be introduced in Tamil Nadu to end crimes in the name of "honour." Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/hkbill

Campaign Chronicle

Notes from Prajnya's 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence, November 25 to December 10, logged every campaign year, since 2008.


The 2022 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence is our 12th campaign. This year, we have restored in-person events to the calendar after two campaigns with only online activities. The campaign spotlight is on domestic violence. We are also showcasing the work of our Rajaram Research Fellows.

The 2022 Calendar

Since 2008, Prajnya has been organising 16 days of outreach and activities, and each of these is copiously documented on the website, blog and Prajnya's social media accounts. We invite you to travel through time and learn about our journey doing this work. Our calendars, our campaign materials are all online through each year's campaign page, preserved more or less as it was then designed.

  • Day 1: November 25, 2022
    Launch of the 2022 Gender Violence in India report
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    Kausumi Saha, the curator-author of the 2022 report, will present the report. Dr. Saumya Uma, Professor (Jindal Global Law School) & Director, Centre for Women’s Rights (JGLS), will speak on the occasion.
    Read the 2022 GVR here
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/gvr22

  • Day 2: November 26, 2022
    Showcase: Prajnya's Gender Violence research library
    Follow us through the day on our social platforms to catch up on 15 years of gender violence research work at Prajnya.
    Follow us on Twitter Instagram Facebook LinkedIn

  • Day 3: November 27, 2022
    Community Cafe
    Community Cafes are private gatherings of individuals known to each other, who come together over a cup of coffee or tea to talk about gender violence. By placing what is usually unspeakable on the conversation table, we create breaches in the wall of silence that keeps victims from speaking out and their communities from helping them. If you would like to invite us to facilitate a Community Cafe for you--in-person within Chennai and online beyond--just email us.

  • Day 4: November 28, 2022
    Surviving Violence:Everyday Resilience and Gender Justice
    3:30-5:30 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    This online panel brings together the findings of a three-state research project on help-seeking experiences of domestic violence victim-survivors.
    Presentations will be made by: Girija Godbole, IIT Bombay and Preeti Karmarkar, Nari Samata Manch on Maharashtra; Ruchira Goswami (National University of Juridical Sciences), Nandini Ghosh, Supurna Banerjee and Kolika Mitra (Institute of Development Studies Kolkata) on West Bengal; and Swarna Rajagopalan (Chaitanya) on Tamil Nadu. Shakthi S. (Prajnya) will facilitate.
    This panel is part of the research project Surviving Violence: Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India funded by the British Academy Heritage Dignity and Violence Programme HDV190009. Research partners: Queen Mary University of London, Chaitanya-The Policy Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Nari Samiti Manch and University of Oxford.
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/svba1 (ba one)

  • Day 5: November 29, 2022
    1. Local Committees, Remote Justice
    2:30-5 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    In this structured discussion on Local Committees, their challenges and awareness of them, the Tamilnadu Labourers' Rights Federation and Gramavaani will first present the findings of a survey they conducted to gauge awareness of Local Committees in Tamil Nadu. This will be followed by a presentation by Prajnya's Rajaram Research Fellow Preeti Karmarkar of research on Local Commitees in Maharashtra. These will be followed by a discussion.
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/lc22
    2. Collective Responsibility, Collective Action
    3-4:30 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    This is an Asia Regional Town Hall on Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment in Global Health.
    Partners: Women in Global Health, WGH India, WGH Bangladesh
    Register to attend.

  • Day 6: November 30, 2022
    Gender Violence against Religious Minorities
    Vaishna Roy, editor, Frontline, will be in conversation with Bader Sayeed, advocate, former MLA and founder, Roshni.
    Partner: Ethiraj College

  • Day 7: December 1, 2022
    Responding to domestic violence
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    This online training for social work students and social workers is facilitated by ACR Sudaroli, Prajnya. It will be mainly in Tamil.
    This training is part of the project Surviving Violence:Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India funded by the British Academy Heritage Dignity and Violence Programme HDV190009. Research partners: Queen Mary University of London, Chaitanya-The Policy Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Nari Samata Manch and University of Oxford.
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/svbasw

  • Day 8: December 2, 2022
    1. The Cost of Work: SGBV against Sugarcane Cutters
    Attendance is by invitation only.
    Prajnya Rajaram Research Fellow Radheshyam Jadhav presents his ongoing research in this symposium. Discussants: Gayatri Menon (Azim Premji University); Meena Gopal (TISS); Mekhala Krishnamurthy (Ashoka University & Centre for Policy Research).
    2. Stand in Solidarity or Sit in Silence!
    6:30-8:30 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    Join us for an evening of poetry!
    The poetry reading has been a part of almost every campaign since 2008. This year, we have Srilata K; Kutti Revathi; Aaliyah Banu; Manushi Bharathi and Amrin Khalil reading their poetry.
    Partners: Mockingbirds and InKo Centre
    Venue: InKo Centre, #18, Adyar Club Gate Road, Chennai 600028
    ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • Day 9: December 3, 2022
    Visual Representations of Gender-based Violence
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    What are appropriate ways to represent gender-based violence visually? Photographers Vidya Kulkarni and Priyadarshini Ravichandran will discuss this question. Philippa Williams, Queen Mary University of London, will facilitate.
    This discussion is part of the project Surviving Violence:Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India funded by the British Academy Heritage Dignity and Violence Programme HDV190009. Research partners: Queen Mary University of London, Chaitanya-The Policy Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Nari Samata Manch and University of Oxford.
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/gvpix

  • Day 10: December 4, 2022
    Community Cafe
    Community Cafes are private gatherings of individuals known to each other, who come together over a cup of coffee or tea to talk about gender violence. By placing what is usually unspeakable on the conversation table, we create breaches in the wall of silence that keeps victims from speaking out and their communities from helping them. If you would like to invite us to facilitate a Community Cafe for you--in-person within Chennai and online beyond--just email us.

  • Day 11: December 5, 2022
    Shutdowns and domestic violence help-seeking in Kashmir, 2019-21
    Attendance is by invitation only.
    Prajnya Rajaram Research Fellow Arshie Qureshi presents her ongoing research in this symposium. Discussants: Sarala Emmanuel, feminist activist and researcher and Subreen Malik, founder, Mehram.

  • Day 12: December 6, 2022
    Ensuring Access to Reproductive Choice:A Workshop
    Attendance is by invitation only.
    In this interactive panel discussion, Dr. Uma Ram, Dr. Prabha Swaminathan and Archanaa Sekar will discuss issues related to sexual and reproductive health rights from the point of view of health care providers.
    Partners: ATNRCOG and IRC India South

  • Day 13: December 7, 2022
    Tamil Nadu Domestic Violence Support Services: A Mapping
    A comprehensive listing of public and private service providers in Tamil Nadu will be placed in the public domain.
    This mapping was prepared as part of the project Surviving Violence:Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India funded by the British Academy Heritage Dignity and Violence Programme HDV190009. Research partners: Queen Mary University of London, Chaitanya-The Policy Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Nari Samata Manch and University of Oxford.

  • Day 14: December 8, 2022
    Domestic violence and access to justice: regional perspectives
    2:30-4:30 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    South Asian states have passed laws on domestic violence but survivors still struggle to access justice. This panel brings together the experiences of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.
    Panelists: Sara Hossein, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust; Saba Shaikh, Dastak, Pakistan; Ermiza Tegal, lawyer, Sri Lanka; Shazia Choudhry, Oxford University and Philippa Williams, Queen Mary University of London. Suneeta Dhar will facilitate.
    This panel is part of the project Surviving Violence:Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India funded by the British Academy Heritage Dignity and Violence Programme HDV190009. Research partners: Queen Mary University of London, Chaitanya-The Policy Consultancy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Nari Samata Manch and University of Oxford.
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/svba2

  • Day 15: December 9, 2022
    Love, Honour and Law: A roundtable on draft legislation on crimes in the name of honour
    3:30-5:30 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    Kathir Vincent Raj, Evidence, the author of the draft bill will present. As discussants, Abirami Jotheeswaran (All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch), V. Suresh (People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)) and Dr. Manisha Gupte, Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal (MASUM) will offer their comments. Shalin Maria Lawrence will facilitate.
    Register to attend: https://cutt.ly/hkbill

  • Day 16: December 10, 2022
    Colours of Equality
    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. IST (UTC+05:30)
    An on-the-spot art competition for school children held at Roshni School, Guduvanchery, to celebrate human rights. Please contact the school to participate.
    Partner: Roshni Matriculation School

2022 Campaign Partners

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