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Women, Science and Technology

Science and technology for empowerment;reproductive health and technology; disability and technology; women in science; gender, sexuality and technology; internet, activism and rights –bringing together a diverse range of topics and speakers, the Mumbai consultation on Women, Science and Technology was a two day interactive workshop held in December 2011. The consultation, which presented feminist perspectives on science and technology was a collaborative initiative between Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) and Point of View.


Reversing the Gaze

Why is it uniquely important to put cameras in the hands of those who may have never dreamt of holding one? What happens when those who are consistently documented within public space begin to the do the documenting? Can a new way of seeing simultaneously forge a new way of being seen? Through holistic photography training sessions conducted in collaboration with the Photography Promotion Trust, individuals from marginalised yet often over-documented communities are given the opportunity to step around to the other side of the camera’s foreign lens - to represent their lives, their communities and their lived realities, for the first time, through their own eyes. Exhibitions so far include Dharavi, Fantastic Land, Zist Tarashi: Sculpting Lives, and Dharavi, Meri Jaan.

Body Works

From spicy dances to emotional dramas and from colourful movie billboards to pirated DVDs, nearly every aspect of Indian popular culture is infused with the laughter, tears and icons of Bollywood. With the goal of using this dynamic culture as an entry point to talk about social issues within urban slums, these dance and theatre workshops are designed for teenagers from the communities. By building personal capacities and effectively feeding into entertainment-based campaigns, dance and theatre dually function as means of expression and empowerment, bringing together young adults as effective agents of social change. 

Reel Lives Real Lives

Question: what if you turned media conventions upside down (or inside out), and asked those who are typically represented to discuss their representation? Answer: a whole lot of radical re-envisioning, creative analysing, and deconstructing of media-perpetuated stereotypes. Reel Lives Real Lives, a workshop for 50 women in prostitution on the representation of sex work in Bollywood, explores the responses and analyses of the ‘subjects’ of representation to a series of films portraying their profession, thus allowing these women a previously denied agency through their voices.

Say It Your Way

Consider the following two groups: 1.A number of dynamic college students, a lack of discussion around relationship abuse, and a desire for change. 2. A group of intelligent and proactive women from urban slums, a prevalence of domestic violence, and a desire for change. Tapping into the innate creativity and energy of the two groups, outreach workshops explore conceptual and practical ways to carry out effective campaigning within a community. From creative poster campaigns asking college students to speak out against abuse, to women-led public awareness campaigns about domestic violence in Mumbai’s slums, these workshops empower various groups of people to effectively create change within their own environments.



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