The theme of my module 2 assignment - 'Widows of India : A Tale Of Double Misfortunes', inspired me to do a multimedia story on them.
In India, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas. Their social isolation, accusation of being 'responsible' for their husbands' death and violence experienced by them has attracted little attention worldwide. Reading about their plight definitely saddened me, but I decided not to stop there. I wanted to show the world how a widow of rural India is expected to renounce all the earthly pleasures and accept a life of penance and misery.
Therefore, my multimedia story is an attempt to create awareness and raise consciousness about their plight, who the society has forgotten. I hope my film is watched and listened to by people everywhere, and helps to change the lives of all the widows.
The photo attached here is of a 65-year-old strong, independent and empowered widow. I met her while doing my story and found out that after her husband's death, she decided to take over his small shop of artifacts and run it herself. Though she is fortunate to be able to do that, not all widows share her fate.
Find out how the widows of a "secret" town survive and lead their lives, in my short story : Lost in 'secret Vrindavan'.
Follow the link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPI_jK5RMIs
This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.
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