Mark Your Presence in Many Ways
Rejoice! Participation is not limited to the conference. There are many ways of entering the complex and many-layered issue of masculinities, the conference being one of the pit-stops. Your mind, body, aural spirit, all are invited to contribute to the hundreds of links joining together till the goal of gender equality is reached. Here’s how you can add your stitch to the pattern –
Join the seminars, discussions, campaigns being organized under the banner of the 2nd MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and many other cities in India, in countries in South Asia and in many other parts of the globe. In Kathmandu, Nepal for instance a national mobilization meeting held on June 26-27 took on analyses of behavior patterns, traditional belief systems, lack of awareness, and came out with a Kathmandu Declaration ringing the need to work with men and boys for gender equality as a development goal. Read more
Organise or attend a campus level awareness and advocacy programme on masculinities in colleges and universities if you are a student or faculty member. In Delhi, staff members in Ambedkar University and Jamia Milia Islamia and students in Lady Shri Ram College have taken the initiative to organize campus programmes. A participatory college fest ‘Bystander No More’ is also in the works.
Participate in community level events centred on the issue of masculinities. If you are an NGO or a development oriented body you can reach out to us to access our resource pack on masculinities and embed the issue within your work among communities. ITVS has made available its short films on the issue for screening in communities followed by guided discussions. Manas Foundation will be putting out eye catching message stickers on the streets through the hundreds of autorickshaw drivers that it works with. A forum theatre on the issue is being developed by a partner, as are street plays, poems, songs, flash dance mobs. Your area of expertise can be your area of contribution.
Participate in the specially curated global film festival on masculinities. You may have already sent in your film entry to the Indian Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) which has picked about 70 films from diverse countries. The travelling film festival will be going to several cities across India to begin with, and some selected directors will be speaking about their work.
Attend special cultural events like the American spokesperson Ben Atherton-Zeman’s one act play, ‘Voices of Men’ which uses humour, video clips, voice impressions to promote understanding of issues like sexual assault and domestic violence. Most events are followed by interactions encouraging audience opinion and discussion.
Dig the buzz on online platforms like the gender mender Facebook page, Twitter account or the discussion-based Forum. Check out masculinity blogs by gender experts from around the world or interview interesting personalities on the issue on Google Hangout. Lastly, don’t forget to send in your feedback and comments to this website!