Views shared about a #positionofstrength

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted April 4, 2018 from India

Views shared about a #positionofstrength

 

I had the opportunity to attend Twitter’s Position of Strength on behalf of Safecity. When I saw eminent personalities like Barkha Dutt, Meenakshi Lekhi and Aahana Kumra, part of panels in open discussions, I felt like it could not have been a better Women’s Day.

 

The first talk by Vijayanta Goyal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Barkha Dutt and Nistula Hebbar stirred some powerful conversations on legal and social aspects of women safety. All these inspiring women shared their ideas to bring in the change in their field of expertise. Police Officer Vijayanta Goyal talked about women in police, Meenakshi Lekhi expressed how political parties should start talking about things that matter and Barkha Dutt discussed #MeToo movement and how it didn’t work out that well in India. The Q&A round brought in more perspectives of the topic. When asked how media has helped in the revolution, Miss Dutt replied, “people have started talking about sexual harassment and this has made the task easier for media to report on similar issues, yet laws fall short in this case.” Post the discussion, I was able to have a conversation with both Ms. Lekhi and Barkha Dutt, who has been my idol since the day I decided to pursue journalism.

 

 

 

The conversation was followed by a more enthralling speech by Aahana Kumra where she thanked platforms like Youth Ki Awaaz which helped movies like Lipstick Under My Burkha and started the much required conversation on sex, how it’s still considered a taboo and why we should all “talk about sex, breasts, periods, dick, vagina and everything”. She also brought our attention towards the need for ‘more female editors, directors, DoPs, basically more female representation across the boards’ which could only happen “when we as an audience demand this representation and also support them!”

 

The next discussion brought in new perspectives of art, culture and caste with respect to gender. The panel included women like Anju Singh and Banu Pallickal who took the conversation to broader aspects of marginalisation of Dalit women and third gender. It was delightful to hear Shaili Chopra and her aim to bring the community of women in mainstream. The panel talked about how we are unable to target the little less privileged women across the country.

 

 

 

The event was called a wrap with an influential poet and her amazing poem on Strength. Twitter team later on thanked all the attendees, following which we had snacks and got an opportunity to have one on one interaction with all our speakers and representatives from various NGOs and other Individuals.

This article was first published on Safecity, part of Safecity's team by Vanshika Deswal works as a Co-campus Ambassador of Delhi University with Safecity. She’s currently in her 2nd year of graduation and pursuing literature. She wants to work for a more equal society and bring the marginalized groups into mainstream. She hopes to enter legislature one day. 

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jlanghus
Apr 05, 2018
Apr 05, 2018

Hi Safecity. Thanks for sharing Vanshika's testimonial on the "Twitter’s Position of Strength." It sounds very impressive what she was able to learn from this event.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

jlanghus
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

You're welcome:)

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 05, 2018
Apr 05, 2018

Dear Safecity, Congrats for attending this great event and thanks for sharing about it. This story gave a me a good picture of what you experienced and learned.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Sophie,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

Bim Adegbite
Apr 05, 2018
Apr 05, 2018

Thanks for sharing. A good summary of the event.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Bim,

Thank you for reading our piece.

Regards,
Safecity

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 05, 2018
Apr 05, 2018

This sounds so good, I love reading about strong-voiced determined women on a panel together, talking about marginalized women, important films like "Lipstick Under My Burkha" (shown here in Montreal last winter), the effects of #MeToo. These meetings and the news shared keeps us all growing stronger.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Tamarack,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

Urmila Chanam
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Dear Safecity,

I acknowledge the role of media in justice and checking systems and mechanisms within the government, private and civil society. Thanks for sharing the WAD celebrations program it truly looks very informative.

Much love
Urmila Chanam
India
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Urmila,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

Alyssa Tolva
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

In a time of #metoo, #timesup and the fourth wave of feminism it is great to hear about panels of empowered women discussing our struggles and how we can make a change. Thank you for sharing.

Clodine Mbuli Shei
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 09, 2018

Dear Safecity,
Thank you so much for elaborately sharing your learnings from this great event. Its addresses diverse issues about women. I could imagin your experience. Thank you

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Clodine,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Alyssa,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

Jensine Larsen
Apr 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018

This is great, what an inspiring day. Important to keep the pressure so Twitter works to make it a safe place for women - which it is not always so.

Lily Habesha
May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018

Safecity,
I just say...WAOW!
I like the way the police woman are operating things over there. As i was coming to this place to use a wifi, one elderly sad lady was narrating her daughters' story to me. Her daughter was married to a man who has no income,and how he has taken all her money, car...every belongings and dumped her.
I wish we had safe city or a system like that, we could help many of our sisters. These girls with money, and with no wisdom are being trapped and used by con men here. I know too many stories of such women, some are mentally challenged, some are killed, some run away because they don't stand the abusive husband.
Thank you for sharing and giving me a clue. I will see to it is I can organize a safecity team here in Addis.

Keep doing the good work.

Lily

Tumanjong Miranda
Jun 06, 2018
Jun 06, 2018

Hello Safecity,
Thanks for sharing Vanshika's testimonial. I had a vivid view of your experience.