Report on International Women's Day workshop in India
Globethics.net India and the Gender and Social Justice Desk of the Student Christian Movement of India jointly organised a women's workshop from 7–9 March 2017, in Bangalore. There were 40 participants representing different parts of India and also 16 student participants from Germany.
Both the German and Indian student participants were able to learn about issues pertaining to women of their respective countries. There were many common issues and some country specific issues too.
The theme of the workshop was "Be no Longer Silent Bearers". Ms. Brinda Adige delivered the key note address and she gave a clear picture about the number of issues faced by women in India. It served as a key opener for the participants who responded with lots of questions. The workshop also addressed other issues like Education: A social right of women, Acknowledging and Responding to the Culture of Victim Blaming, Women's Clothes: Social and Cultural Expectation and Women's Freedom of Choice and Women's Equal Access to Mobility and its Challenges.
Ms. Lata Paul, Ms. Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, Ms. Cynthia and Ms. Vedakani were the other resource persons. Each session was very lively and the participants were able to learn a lot from those sessions. The participants were moved by the documentary film on "Slaver: A 21st Century Evil – Bridal Slaves" that was shown. Ms. Rajula, the Programme Executive of Globethics.net India gave an orientation about Globethics.net and its various projects and services. The participants also made an action plan to follow up their learning and experience.
The participants worked in groups and identified issues concerning women in their neighbourhood and enacted them. They also brought different things and explained the gender roles associated with those things. There was also a cultural programme where the participants presented their talents in the form of dance, skit and song.