Sasha Fair Trade was proud to launch the ‘Global Gender Campaign’ on 12th November, 2015 at ICCR, Kolkata. The event highlighted the multiple subjective experiences of ‘women at work’.
Oxfam Magasins Du Monde (Belgium) has collaborated with Sasha, CORR-The Jute Works (Dhaka, Bangladesh), and Tara Projects (Delhi, India) to initiate a Global Campaign on Gender issues. Sasha had organized for a day long launch event on November 12th, 2015 at Indian Council of Cultural affairs, Kolkata.
The primary aim of the planned launch event was to charter a nuanced understanding of the manifold discrimination that women are subjected to at their work places, at home and at society at large; with specific focus on female artisans and their positive relation to fair trade. To better engage with the aforementioned central theme of the campaign two sets of panel discussions under the overarching theme of “Changing Perspectives – Introspecting Gender Equality”, were organized as a part of the morning session, in an attempt towards defining the scope and the relevance of such a campaign in the Indian context. The first panel comprised of eminent panellists from non government organizations and academia working or researching on women’s rights/issues; providing a space to bring about transformative action. Rimple Mehta, Anuradha Kapoor, Priyanka Biswas, Sayantani Roychowdhury and Sujata Goswami were in the first panel. Devasmita Sridhar was the moderator for this session. Sekhar Das, Ramanjit Kaur, Sumit Ray and Anjum Katyal were in the second panel. Suchi Sen was the moderator of this session.
For the evening session a leading theatre group ‘Creative Arts’ was invited to put together a play for the occasion. Accordingly they performed their national award winning play “Baawre Maan Ke Sapne” under the guidance of their director Ms. Ramanjit Kaur. The performance was inspired by a journey of self exploration and has been woven together through improvising, incidents and real life experiences. We are enthused and grateful for the overwhelming support that we have received for both the panel discussions and the play performance. The play takes inspiration from various stories by Indian women writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, Bulbul Sharma, Abha Ivenger, Irene Dhar Malik, Lalitambika Antarjanam and many more. The women tried to depict collective responsibilities and individual choice, spanning themes of caste and hierarchy, relationship, physical and emotional violence, dreams and nightmare, sexuality and search for self-identity- with new vigour.” Panel discussions were conducted with the eminent professionals from all walks of life.