Stories that the camera tells - कैमरा की कही कहानी

I was quite excited about today’s workshop. I knew the topic of today’s session but I did not know how exactly it would shape to be as everyone has a different style of teaching and explaining things. I was happy beforehand because the workshop was on a topic that I am interested in and is close to my heart and I was curious to know more about it. Today’s workshop was on documentary filmmaking and how to use a camera’s lens to tell stories in different ways

नेतृत्व का पहला अनुभव - The first experience of taking the lead

I have been engaged in working on my fellowship at FAT that combines my learning here and my passion and interest in theatre. I am working on using street play as a medium to illustrate gender discrimination in our society and how feminism can be a way of countering patriarchal oppression. I hope to engage in efficient community work as part of this six-month fellowship that I began working on this month. Though there are several problems I face while on the field, I am happy with the smooth manner in which I am progressing. My work requires me to multitask constantly—talking to people and participants, explaining the objective of my fellowship, generating awareness and curiosity in them regarding this.

Understanding society’s sexual politics

Patriarchy was created to safeguard the private property. It all started with this statement. A seven-day venture into the roots of society, the hows and whys of its beahviour.  A reflection on the youth of our country, their rights and the knowledge of sexuality. In a nut shell, this is the crux of what I learned as part of ‘Yuva, Yaunikta and Adhikar’ course organised by Nirantar from October 8 and 14. In a room full of experienced people from “the field”, I was an amateur novice, trying to understand the linkage between various concepts and their application in everyday life. 

 

Shabnam’s life: A living proof of transformation - शबनम की ज़िंदगी: परिवर्तन का एक प्रमाण

I recently met Shabnam, one of the girls who was associated with our Tech Center a couple of years ago. After having the pleasure of teaching her then, I was curious to know about her life now and what she has been up to since she left FAT. As a student at Tech Center, I recall her to be a fast learner, a friendly person and someone with a lot of repressed anger. A fighter at heart with a resilient spirit, Shabnam was the kind of person who fought for everything—at home, in the school, with her relatives. But, when she faced something in the public space, handling street harassment, for instance, she used to get scared. 

A brief look at FAT’s STEM report

It would not be an exaggeration to state that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are spaces shaped dominantly by men and the conventional masculinity that they bring. Unfortunately, this is not just a figment of imagination but a fact when one sees the spaces of scientific and technological education, innovation, creation and use. The disparity is neither a recent development nor an issue that has been tackled effectively. Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) is an organization that is challenging the exclusionary attitude of these spaces and is illustrating through its work that women are as capable in STEM fields as men, if not more. 

Our rights and their use - हमारे अधिकार और उनका उपयोग

I learned about my rights when I attended a workshop with the entire team of FAT. This workshop was conducted by Ms. Anisha Chugh of South Asian Women’s Fund. She taught us that our rights are our own and that no one is allowed to take them away from us under any circumstances. There are some rights that we are born with and it is important that we learn what they are and how well we utilize them. It is also important to remember that no one can forcibly take our rights away. Through this workshop, I learned that it is important to be aware about one’s own rights that one is entitled to.

A visit to Zamrudpur - जमरुदपुर बस्ती यात्रा

ज़म्रदपुर एक ऐसी जगह है जहा एक तरफ बड़े बड़े घर कोठियाँ है वही दूसरी तरफ एक कमरे के मकान और झुगियाँ है । एक कमरे के माकन में 7 सदस्य , 70 लोग एक ही बाथरूम और टॉयलेट इस्तेमाल करते है । किशोरियों ने बताया की वो बाहर कपडे पहन कर नाहती है । आप घरो में जायेगे तो 1 6 से 2 2 उम्र की किशोरियाँ घरो का काम करते हुए या बच्चे पालते हुए नज़र आएगी । बच्चे भी एक नहीं 4 से 5. एक 2 1 साल की लड़की से मै मिली मैंने कहा इतनी कम उम्र में 3 बच्चे और चोथा पेट में क्यों ,इस महगाई मै कैसे पाल पाउगी बच्चों को ? उसका जवाब - "माता - पिता ने 16 साल में शादी करवा दी , पता ही नहीं था बच्चे क्या करने से होते है , इसी तरह 3 बच्चे हो गये अब समझ आया है तो ये आखरी बच्चा है अब इसके बाद नसबंदी करवा लूगी ताकि और बच्चा ना हो" । 

Translation in English by My Fight Against Partriarchy Team

Linking the theory and practice of feminism at Tech Center

When I sat to pen down my thoughts on my first job experience, I was indecisive about what aspect to write about. There was so much happening—a new job, living all by myself in a new city, transition from being a student to a proffessional. Everything was suddenly different now and I was struggling and adjusting with this new phase of life. I thought I was strong and independent but dealing with so many things on my own made me feel burdened. My workplace was not a stereotypical workplace, it was a ‘free space’ for 60 girls who come there everyday.This was called the Technical Centre. But this name did not express what really happened inside. It was so much more.

FAT enters the gates and minds of LSR girls

A feminist going back to a place that introduced her to feminism is like visiting her place of birth. This is because the place taught me the true meaning of womanhood and what it entails. who I am – a woman.  I received this wonderful opportunity when I was invitd by the Political Science Department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, my alma mater, to speak on “Women, technology and feminism”. Needless to mention, I was surprised, excited and nervous all at the same time. I was about to go back to my college and speak to them about my new adventures, explorations and revelations with feminism and technology at Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), my recent work and hangout place.

Girls organize ‘Apna Haq’ screening in Narela - 'अपना हक़' की स्क्रीनिंग नरेला में लड़कियों द्वारा आयोजित

The girls at the Tech Center who were associated with the making of their film ‘Apna Haq’ recently organized a community screening at Narela. We explained the purpose and motive behind making this film and explained the issues we faced while filming it, how it all began, how the girls got together to work on this project and how we performed each of their responsibilities—from shooting, to report writing to editing—efficiently.

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