Ring the Bell
Ring the Bell and Indiblogger organized a meet on International Women’s Day. The aim is lofty i.e.
Ring The Bell calls on men and boys around the world to take a stand and make a promise to act to end violence against women. From 8th March 2013 to 8th March 2014 we’re going to get a million men to make a million promises to ACT to end violence against women
It was a well organized event with celebrities like actor Rahul Bose, Entrepreneur Priya Paul, Sitarist Anoushka Shankar, her fingers move on the sitar string like wow! There is no way to describe it. I reached very early and saw her rehearsing. It made me think I’d seen it all. But then she performed live on stage and it mesmerized me. .Mahabanoo Modi Kotwal was a huge surprise. I am a fan now. SWARATHMA, is electrifying. I am going to buy their music. Advaita Kala of Kahani was also there. She spoke about women as strong women and definitely sexual beings.
As far as the aim is concerned, the ground realities sadly, are pathetic. The laws for Women’s Reservations and Rape still gather dust in some filing cabinet while the Parliamentarians are busy sniping at each other and taking potshots at each other – it is pre election year, you see. The powers that be are not “Ringing the bell.”
Swarathma did a wonderful satire on politicians, but their song on child abuse titled GHUM or LOST was awesome. I was too enthralled by their performance and did not take pics. This is from their Facebook page
I live in Haryana where women are treated at par with the cattle they rear. Sometimes cattle are treated better. Ring the bell …. anyone?
What bothered me is that patriarchy is so well entrenched in our psyche that even well meaning men like Rahul Bose spoke about teaching brothers to “give power” to their sisters.
No one gives power, you just have to grab it. Wasn’t that patronizing and patriarchal?
No, I am not dissing him. He means well. It is just that the attitude is so deep rooted in society that men feel that power is theirs to appropriate and, if they feel benevolent enough, they can bestow it on their loving sisters. He did redeem himself in my eyes by wanting to support, counsel and enlist men whose wives/sisters/mothers have been assaulted or molested by low lives. Considering that every third woman has been in such a situation at some time and at some point in her life – we have a huge population to enlist. What is more, these men would be sensitized to the issue and be supportive to the cause.
Mahabanoo Modi Kotwal’s reading shook me. It brought a certain incident I was recently involved in – trying to help a minor victim of rape – back to my mind (if it will ever leave it). The child is dead and yes, I was unsuccessful.
There were two grass root workers from rural India who were invited to stage by Indira Jaisingh. These women spoke from the heart, bringing forth real problems they have to deal with, awful attitudes they battle every day of their lives.
Speaking about the patriarchal mindset we battle everyday – my thought is simple. Sensitive men are not born, they are nurtured and brought up so. Just treat the boys and girls at home as equals, make them both aware of the challenges the other sex faces.
Then again, perhaps not. My sons say they want independent women in their lives, girls who can walk free and do their own thing. They want to live their own lives, not be fettered with the responsibility of chaperoning their women everywhere and protecting them 24/7
Yes, that is one call for emancipation …
I think I did well as a parent : They do not attend any women’s meets with me. Overtly they do not support such things : they think I am more than equal. But to my mind they ring the bell.
Eat your hearts out people, we saw her this close. And she plays wonderfully. It was magical. Pic courtesy our very own IHM
Was great fun meeting old blogger friends and new. Ruchira, Aabha, Tikuli, Akanksha, Priyanka and so many others. Met Bhavna for the first time – shy and so well brought up. My Ma would have told me to behave like you – you are such a pleasure!