Women have certainly not had life easy.
Well, for instance let’s start with the early 19th C. The British suffragettes suffered imprisonment and underwent hunger strikes to gain equal right for the vote. One suffragette, Emily Davison, was even traumatically killed beneath the King’s horse!
It is now the 21st century yet gender inequality is still an aspect of life on a worldwide scale. However, the good news is that woman-power flies high leaving no room for ignorance to shake the momentum!
To celebrate female strength, remind us of history and inspire towards the future, March the 8th is globally dated as “International Women’s Day” – an entire day of global events.
In India, “Queer Ink”, the only Publisher of LGBTQIA-specific resource, both online and in print, is to celebrate in style! In her 6th edition of Q Fest, IWD will be celebrated through “Queering” the activities of the day.
First up, there will be a screening of Qissa – a bold film exploring gender, same-sex love and the aftermath of India’s Partition. Following Qissa is an exciting discussion with some of the cast – Rasika Dugal, Tisca Chopra and Tillotama Shome – where they will share their experiences working on the film.
Not only that, but Svati Bhatkal (Co-Director & Field Research Head of Satyamev Jayatev), Gazal Dhaliwal and Divya will discuss their experiences after the screening of Accepting Alternative Sexualities.
Participants will have the opportunity to partake in a workshop performing their own experiences of Breaking Gender Stereotypes.
The ever popular Q Marathi hour will showcase Lavni performances by Nikhil Ghume, Celebrating x Chromosome- either you have single or double.
Let’s celebrate and continue to make this world an equal place for all. Equal rights for all!