The Women Welfare Committee (WWC) at IISER Bhopal organized a Women Safety Week (July 12 – 17, 2021) to increase awareness amongst all community members on Woman Safety in general.
The first day started with a thought-provoking talk on “Gender Sensitization and Woman Safety” by Mr. Harish Sadani, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA). The talk gave an insight on the existing situation of woman safety and what steps are needed to improve upon the same. Mr. Sadani spoke on the socially constructed characteristics of men and women which ensure a patriarchal, male dominated system, which he reiterated, can be changed consciously with effort. To create a safe society for women, working with women and empowering them are not enough. Apart from a robust, redressal mechanism, what we need are spaces for healthy conversation where people speak about consent and dissent, understand what sexual harassment is, stand up for rights of women on safety and dignity, take simple steps on being an upstander rather than a bystander and say no to degrading comments/sexist jokes.
On the second day of Women Safety Week (WSW) an online Nukkad Natak (due to the pandemic situation) on "Safety concerns of Women" by group “Mayaar” raised awareness on various forms of atrocities against women like domestic violence, eve-teasing, acid-attack and rape. The Nukkad Natak also conveyed important laws related to each issue and how perpetrators of crime can be punished for the same.
On the third day a Nukkad Natak on "Online safety of Women" by group “Hoonkar”. depicted the plight of women being unsafe online. The Nukaad Natak showed the trauma of victims harassed by fake online job offers and asked for undue favors. The Nukkad Natak also threw light on cyber bullying and profile morphing and pointed out how we need more stringent laws on cyber-crime in addition to what already exists. The Nukkad Natak(s) conveyed very subtly that whatever be the situation, a women in distress should always raise her voice against injustice without fearing the outcome or social stigma.
The Nukkad Natak was followed by an informative webinar on the POSH act by Dr. Komal Audichya, HOD, Faculty of Law SRM University, Haryana. in a joint collaboration with Women Cell.
On the fourth day an intensive online session on “Some safety techniques every woman should know” by Mr. Ajay Mehr, Taekwondo and Karate coach WWC educated community members on how a woman should respond during an unpleasant situation and save herself. Mr. Mehr demonstrated various basic yet very important self-defense techniques and counter attacking body movements. He emphasized that every woman should remember the mantra “PHR – Protect, Hit and Run” in any distress situation. How the sensitive points of an attacker’s body can be targeted in self-defense in unpleasant situations like chasing, groping, holding from the back etc. was thoroughly demonstrated in detail.
A few competitions namely poster competition, poetry competition, story writing competition and movie making competition on the theme of Women Safety was also organised online, in which the entire community participated and the results of the same were announced on the fifth day. To view the works of the winners click below.
|Poster Competition||Poetry Competition (Hindi)||Poetry Competition (English)|
|Koushik_Medhi (First)||Bharat Bhushan Deshmukh (First)||Rita Abani (First)|
|Jyoti Agrawal (Second)||Shalini Gupta (Second)||Aayush Anand (Second)|
|Bhavana M R (Third)||Shikha Agarwal (Third)||Khushbu Syed (Third)|
|Anju Babu (Consolation)||Raghaw Prakash Sen (Consolation)||Bhavana M R (Consolation)|
|Vidit Bhattacharya (Consolation)||Neeraj Kumar Dubey (Consolation)||Neha Patil (Consolation)|
|Vishwanaathan B L (Consolation)||Chitra Asati (Consolation)||Bhavya Anil (Consolation)|
|Aryan Pandey (Consolation)|
|Bincy M N (First)||Shreeja Das (Second)||Shikha Agrawal (Third)|
|Akhil K K (Consolation)||Bhavana M R (Consolation)||Jyoti Agrawal (Consolation)|