1. Iti Rawat (WEFT), 2. Shivalal Gautam (Xomonnoy), 3. Abirami S (Durga), 4. Vishala V (Durga)
The upcoming edition of Durga Listens @ Catalyst 2030 brings to you stories about collective spaces that tackled the shadow pandemic, addressed the crisis with a gendered lens, and helped women and queer persons regain their agency. The experiences shared by speakers aim to bring gender justice to the fore and encourage grassroot voices to inform programming and intervention designing.
While the virus has been gender neutral, we all know that its ramifications will be different for different people, and almost irreversible for marginalised people. In the midst of the shadow pandemic in ‘20, two collectives – Red Dot Initiative & Xomonnoy – decided to step up and create safe spaces that would help women and queer persons regain their agency. Their experiences of forming the collectives reveal to us the need and significance of a gendered lens while approaching a pandemic because these issues are not just ‘women’s issues’ or ‘queer issues’ but everybody’s issues, everybody’s responsibilities. Whatever the policy makers had ignored, these collectives took into account.
Durga Listens too was born from here at this very same time. As a library of stories of Gender injustices, of stories of innovative thinking and of stories of invoking strength – all from the ground!
Let’s listen – with empathy and sensitivity – to the challenges the collectives went through and the change they brought about. Let’s Connect and Catalyse!
TAGS: Gender, Justice
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