The Gender Equality Mela 2019 is one of the most salient annual efforts of the Women’s Development Cell of Miranda House towards gender equality. It is the outcome of a long standing vision to discuss, debate, create, ideate and express, with an understanding that gender equality needs to be at the heart of sustainable development and progress. It is both a campaign and a statement through discussion, poetry, celebration, music, dance, drama that targeted violence and norms do not keep us away from rising against a gender-unequal society and the manifestation of its many ills. The Gender Equality Mela is a part of MH-WDC’s campaign with One Billion Rising (OBR).
While we retain our core theme of “Reclaiming our time”, given that the recent years have had watershed moments in the Feminist movement, we attempt to table important discussions through our two day long Gender Equality Mela on the 29th and 30th of March,2019.
We strive to explore the concepts of “Gender Equality -The vision”, “Sex work and Feminism”, “Gender and Sciences”, “Gender and labour”, “The Transgender persons bill-contexts and contestations” through the experience of esteemed panellists, Nukkad Natak, movie screenings and more. The key highlights include a special session on music and feminism with Kamla Bhasin, curating Afghani cuisine and handicrafts with a UNHCR led project for creating sustainable livelihoods for refugee women and single mothers and a performance by Sukhmanch Theatre Group.