Exhibition on Gender in Bal Bhawan

Report by Richa

The Women’s Development Cell (WDC) of Miranda House, in collaboration with Center for Advocacy Research (CFAR) conducted an exhibition on Tuesday, 25th October, on the theme ‘Gender’ which constituted the art works of students from both Miranda and CFAR. Various dignitaries such as Dr. Bijaylaxmi Nanda, Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Pritpal Marjara, Akhila Sivadas, Gauri Chaudhary, Ashok Acharya, Geetanjali Goel, Sangamitra Acharya, and Tara Sharma were also present. A mime act, showing the cycle of violence that a woman undergoes during her life, was performed by the students of Miranda House and the kids from CFAR performed a street play stressing on the right to education provided to every child by the government of India. Students from Bharati College also showed the short films made by them on issues related to gender. Dr. Bijaylaxmi Nanda, the convener for WDC, Miranda House, said “School of Life is a student driven program where girls from our college (Miranda House) forged ties with the community youth and they have both come together to learn about gender equality through self-created modules. Such programs give us an opportunity to learn something that is not given in books.”

This exhibition was a part of a wider initiative called ‘School of Life- Pathshala Ke Sang, Jeevan Ke Rang’ which was successfully launched on 1st June, 2016 at Saint Paul School, HarshVihar. To establish  the vision and evolution of this initiative, a tent was designed that gave a visual form to the idea of actual learning being mobile, grounded in day-to-day realities and a vibrant interactive process, as opposed to traditional understanding of it being purely academic and static. The tent signified a space for discussion among various academicians, survivors of violence and others. The interiors of the tent were embedded with slogans and drawings that were done by young people associated with CFAR. This project was launched by 80 young people from the bastis and 20 students from Miranda House.