Film Screening at the American Centre, New Delhi
A live performance by Street Level Awareness Program(SLAP) and then a workshop on self defense generated interest of the participants to know more about male perspectives and the psyche of the perpetrators of violence.
As part of the ongoing campaign against gender based violence the Centre for health and Social Justice n collaboration with the American Centre conducted a film screening followed by a discussion on 25th November 2014. A quiet American Centre library came to life with some beautifully choreographed dance moves and chanting of slogans for “Gender Equality”. A live performance by Street Level Awareness Program(SLAP) and then a workshop on self defense generated interest of the participants to know more about male perspectives and the psyche of the perpetrators of violence.
A film by Tedx featuring Ph.d scholar Jackson Katz was screened which raised important questions regarding the root causes of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: . Renu and Logna from Centre for Health and Social Justice facilitated the session which had an eager audience.
The audience was keen to learn about the psyche of the perpetrators, and participants raised a lot of questions to understand the issue in detail. One participant angrily asked, “what goes on in the mind of the aggressor when “He” perpetrates an act as horrifying as raping a child or kid”?, Some of the women in the audience also admitted to the fact that women are also a part of the prevailing patriarchal structure and they also in one way or the other support this system. When a mother teaches her girl child to do the chores for her brother or teaches her son to be brave and to not to cry just because he is a boy, she is conveying the wrong message and giving her consent to this discriminatory culture.