Members of the STTI Club at DPS, Hyderabad took part in a provocative invitation to think about gender roles and gender policing by the brilliant Bhamini Lakshminarayan of No Country For Women. They observed the phenomenon through the lens of gender-discrimination and questioned its roots and rules over the course of a two-day workshop.
Here is a reflection of the workshop by Sanjana Manusanipalli, a Class 10 student and club leader:
“About two weeks ago, No Country For Women (NCFW) hosted a workshop in Delhi Public School Hyderabad through STTI. No Country For Woman is an organization which aims to combat systemic gender-based discrimination. Ms. Bhamini Lakshminarayan talked students from classes 9 to 12 addressing the issues faced by women in our society. She enlightened us about how trivial phrases we use in day to day life can be viewed as sexist comments. She talked about everything related to the issue — from how media and movies view women, to how boys are also affected by gender based discrimination. She also discussed rape, its causes, how it is portrayed and how it can be stopped.
During the second session a week later, many of the students voiced their opinions as well. They had an opportunity to express their views with group presentations. After these sessions, the students are now more aware about the problems that people face as a result of gender based discrimination and will hopefully play a role in combating them.”
With much excitement we present to you the newest STTI chapter at Symbiosis University, Pune!
The session kicked off with a discussion on sanitation in India, followed by a demo presentation. As members took part in their very first#SymbiBaatCheet, we re-asserted our belief in the value of questioning and of discussion. Because this is where change truly starts — in our conversations, our analyses, and in our perceptions.
Our members recently spoke to some of the world’s finest astronautical researchers and students in Purdue University, the alma mater of 23 astronauts including Neil Armstrong, about India’s Mangalyaan mission to Mars. Take a look!
“Who were Nero’s guests? What sort of a mindset did it require for you to pop one more fig into your mouth as another human being burst into flames? What sort of mindset did it require for you to drop those grapes into your jaws as another pathetic person on a stake burned to provide you illumination?
These were the sensitive elite of Rome. These were the poets, the singers, the musicians, the artists, the historians, the intelligentsia. How many of them raised a protest? How many of them put up their hands to say, this is wrong and this should not happen and cannot continue? To the best of our knowledge … nobody did that. For me, I always wondered, who were Nero’s guests? After five and a half years of covering farmer’s suicides, I think I have my answer. I think you have the answer.
I tell you this — We can differ on how to solve this problem. We can differ on even our analysis of the problem. But maybe we can make one starting point. We can all agree that we will not be Nero’s guests.”
~ P. Sainath
We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our first school chapter at Delhi Public School, Hyderabad at their Gachibowli campus.
I am deeply humbled and stimulated with the interaction with students at Delhi Public School where the first chapter of STTI (Student Think Tank for India) was launched 2 weeks ago. The students are intelligent, thoughtful and concerned about the larger issues of society. https://www.facebook.com/StudentThinkTankForIndia
I wish STTI all the best and I am certain these young people will build a new India in which all children will fulfill their potential and there will be no unnecessary suffering.
After addressing all the senior students of DPS, he had an engaging conversation with some of the students regarding pressing social, political and economic issues. With his wishes and the enthusiasm of over a thousand students, we are excited to have kicked off our an effort to promote a culture of measured deliberation and social involvement in Indian schools.
According to a UNICEF study, nearly 3 out of every 5 male teens in India think wife beating is justified.
The typical dodge that we tend to use on hearing such appalling numbers is to say that the “cultural elite” are disconnected from the evil ways of some distant segment of our population who cause these disturbing figures. But based on observations from our own lives we realized that if we really open our eyes, India’s “cultural elite” (aka you and me) are definitely guilty of propagating troubling misogynistic attitudes.
In this context we discussed, a survey by the United Nations Population Fund, that revealed that two-thirds of married Indian women claimed to have been beaten, or forced into sex by their husbands. We unanimously emphasized that every women should have the liberty to just say NO! and have her rights protected. We discussed the realities of the sex trade industry in India that is completely based on the exploitation and oppression of women.
Through the course of the discussion we also analyzed the concern that the patriarchy in our society is so phenomenally powerful and pervasive that a lot of the times women do not even realize that they are being pushed into adopting stances that compromise their dignity and liberty. The fact that in the same UNICEF study, 53 percent of GIRL teens think wife beating is justified illustrates this point.
As a further exploration, we have created this infographic on Marital Rape: