The seminar discussed the nature of sexual violence and the various ways to counter it.
A day long awareness campaign-cum-workshop was organised by Safecity and the Red Dot Foundation at Kirori Mal College (KMC) this Friday, that is, 15 September, 2017. The workshop saw participation from students across colleges in sizeable numbers. The event was moderated by Aarushee Shukla, Youth Outreach Officer at Safecity and a final-year B.A. (Honours) Economics student from Hansraj College and Rahat from IP University. The session started with an analysis of the social perceptions and stereotyped adjectives associated with the two genders, male and female, demonstrating how the society works around such stereotypes. Further, Arushee discussed with the audience the behavioural patterns of an individual influences by his/her sexuality and gender. The discussion then progressed to the questions of sexual harassment and the nature of public crimes against gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and disability. The speakers stressed upon the way that perpetrators use the comfort zone of a fixed location or a rigid social mindset to their advantage, and how little acts such as speaking up at the smallest signs of abuse can have far-reaching effects. They also made the audience aware of the various laws under Indian Penal Code (IPC) which specify that commenting, touching, taking pictures, catcalling, staring, sexual invites and stalking are all punishable acts. Further, the importance and steps of an FIR and a Zero FIR, which can be filed at any police station irrespective of the jurisdiction of the crime, were highlighted.
As the event drew to its conclusion, the audience was given balloons to write the stereotypes which they had witnessed, inflate it, and finally, burst it. The activity catered to much delight. The workshop concluded with three different skits performed by members of the audience, in groups. A vote of thanks, coupled with an urge for the youth to stand up for the wrongs against themselves, marked the end of this successful event.
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