Notes of Harmony: Towards Gender Justice

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The Outreach Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) in association with Human Rights Programme of Department of Political Science, JMI, Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) and MenEngaged, Delhi organized the One Billion Rising (OBR) Campaign. It culminated in a programme on Notes of Harmony Towards Gender Justice, at Dr. M.A. Ansari Auditorium, JMI.
One Billion Rising Campaign since the beginning has used cultural expressions to create a wider platform. MenEngage Delhi has collaborated with the campaign to create a cultural resonance on the issue of gender justice. This is the third consecutive year that Jamia Millia Islamia has been associated with One Billion Rising Campaign against .
The programme started with a debate of college students on The Media is responsible for increase in Sexism and Violence against women. Students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College and Indraprastha College for Women participated in the event.
A panel discussion on Portrayal of Gender and Masculinities in Media. Media portrays gender roles in stereotyped ways; mass media in general constitute potentially powerful sources of information pertaining to gender appropriateness of a wide variety of practices and behaviours. In the light of this, media is constantly enforcing and re-enforcing stereotypes and creating ideal types of different roles, which viewers often blindly ascribe to. The Panel discussion was moderated by Dr, Bulbul Dhar James from the Political Science Department, Jamia Millia Islamia. Through the panel discussion activists and senior journalists explored ways in which media operates, affects us and influences our behaviour and gendered practices.
On the occasion Kamla Bhasin, feminist-activist and South-Asiacoordinator for One Billion Rising Campaign released a book Dimensions of Change brought out by CHSJ. This book have articles written by senior journalists Rashme Sehgal, Annu Anand, Annapurna Jha and Anita Katyal – that bring out how complex is the process of gender socialization and its manifestations. The books also highlight many of the current issues of gender justice that need to be addressed.
The program came to an end with musical performance by renowned sitar maestro Shri Partha Boses Performance. His performance highlighted different moods, images and journey of a woman demanding equality and gender justice.
By*Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi*

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