Men and Boys rise for Gender Justice in B. R. Ambedkar College, Delhi - a brief report on CHSJ, ME-D and Mittika’s interaction
Social change and social transformation are issues that people from all arenas- media, students, families, corporate and communities- have to be involved with. The youth of the city forms a large mass that will be instrumental in writing the future of our society. Hence, it is imperative to involve the young students in a discourse that promotes gender justice.
It is through these sustained interventions- capacity building, mentoring and mobilisations in colleges, that MenEngage Delhi hopes to engage men and boys for gender justice through debunking aggressive masculinities especially within the urban settings.
On 7th of November CHSJ and MenEngage Delhi in collaboration with Mittika carried forward its first phase of sustained interaction with Bhim Rao Ambedkar College Delhi University. The Forum Theater, which is a play curated especially for the purpose of highlighting aggressive and destructive masculinities, started around 3:30 pm. There was a massive crowd that had gathered and was curious to watch the forum theater.
The play went forward with its initial narrative of depicting the pre-conceived notions about masculinities that exist within a society. They showcased the stereotypes that exist within a household, where if a husband cooperates in the kitchen with his wife, he is mocked by his mother. They tried to deconstruct the taboo that exists in the portrayal of masculinities.
A survey was conducted following the forum theatre. It was designed by CHSJ. The interaction was concluded following which a group of 15 students registered to be a part of the action group in Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Delhi University.