Using the film "Todo Bandishen", 31 girl leaders ran a campaign against Early and Forced Marriage in 2016. Collectively with local partners and our girl leaders, we were able to reach to more than 10,000 people directly with the message that the girls wanted to deliver, through public, community and home screenings followed by discussions where girls spoke to elders of their community on such a complicated and sensitive issue.
“Todo Bandishen” is the final product of an eight-month long workshop with 31 young girls who live in the “bastis” around Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi. The theme “Early and Forced Marriage” was chosen by the girls in the second level of FAT’s Young Women’s Leadership Program as a common issue that they face in their lives. The participants made a collaborative film on the issue and used it for awareness building in their communities. Todo Bandishen revolves around the story of five young girls; each of whom have faced and fought against EFM in their own way. The five ways we chose to depict the issues of EFM were showing the effect on their Education, Health, Livelihood, ability to fight against Violence, and Choice. The film ends with each of the girls collectively walking into the light; symbolizing the fact that only their victory will lead society from darkness into light.
In 2014 the girls used their film, 'Apna Haq' (Our Right) to run an awareness campaign in their community on how the lack of toilets impacts girls. The girls screened their film in their homes and their communities and held discussions with community members asking them to take some action on the issues highlighted. While the toilet scenario did not improve as expected, sexual harassment faced by the girls decreased to a huge extent immediately after the screenings and the campaigners started to be acknowledged as leaders in their community. Some positive impacts of the campaign were seen this year, the most prominent being the installation of CCTV cameras outside toilets to keep a check on untoward incidents or harassment. Besides this, toilets in one community were cleaned and repaired while in another, the fee charged for using the toilet was slashed for women users. Many community members applauded the campaigners and indicated that this had been done by the local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) after he heard about the campaign run by the girls.
A documentary movie made by young girls from Tech Center at FAT on the issue of lack of toilets in their community. The movie has been screened on several national and international platforms and was made entirely by the girls with guidance and assistance from Ms. Pooja Pant of Voice of Women (VOW) Media.
Made in 2011 by the girls of our Tech Center. This was the first video project that girls did after the Tech Center began in 2010. These girls first learn basic camera and internet while understanding issues related to girls rights.