SHANELLE IRANI ON THE HIDDEN SIDES OF MUM SMRITI IRANI

Shanelle Irani on her mum Smriti Irani 's hidden sides: "I've made her watch Tom & Jerry for hours .... we bully her .... just sometimes she pulls our ears"

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‘WRESTLING WITH SEXISM’: MEET SAKSHI MALIK

Sakshi Malik, the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal, speaks of the extraordinary journey that took her from Rohtak to Rio. Sakshi will be in conversation with senior Sports journalist, Ayaz Memon.

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‘WOMEN IN UNIFORM’; ARMS & THE WOMAN

Lt Colonel Sofiya Qureshi; Lt Colonel Navneet Duggal; Nitu Bhattacharya (DIG, CRPF, J&K) talk to journalist Nitin Gokhale on how it’s time for more Women at the frontline.

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP; IS AMBITION STILL A BAD WORD?

"Women in any profession have a more challenging time than men .... " says Harsimrat Kaur, when asked about her husband, Sukhbir Singh Badal. “Men in politics have to just think about their constituency & their work - not about whether the maid has come to work, if the cook is on leave, whether the kid has fallen sick etc” says Ms Kaur

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‘MY BODY; MY LIFE’: SEX WORKERS, SURROGATE MOTHERS, RIGHT TO ABORTION.

Gauri Sawant a social worker, trans mother and an activist from Mumbai & Kusum, a Sex worker from Delhi join Anjali Nayyar, Priya Dutt & Dr. Rishma Pai to debate Choice Vs. Coercion. Why are Women denied the agency and autonomy over their bodies? Moderator: Barkha Dutt

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‘ROLE REVERSAL’; ALIA BHATT TURNS INTERVIEWER

Alia Bhatt is known for experimenting with roles and her capacity for risk-taking. She is also known for an endearing ability to poke fun at herself. Now, continuing with her zest for all things new, she he turns the tables and turns interviewer. She will grill journalist Barkha Dutt.

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TV NEWS; WOMEN MAKING HEADLINES

Who doesn’t remember Salma Sultan and her signature rose tucked behind her ear? News has changed dramatically since the years of iconic newscasters in the Doordarshan era. Salma Sultan, Dolly Thakore, Barkha Dutt and Faye D’Souza talk about the changing face of TV. Moderator: Columnist, Shivam Vij.

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‘LET'S TALK ABOUT IT. PERIOD.’

Our Periods are still a ‘Whisper’- often treated as something that women should be embarrassed of. Worse, most girls in India cannot afford sanitary pads and nearly 20% drop out of school on reaching puberty.

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‘REVOLVER DADI’ TAKES AIM

83 year old Chandro Tomar is the world’s oldest sharp-shooter. She learnt how to shoot when she was in her sixties and then taught the young women in her family how to load a gun. She and her granddaughter, Shefali Tomar, take the stage with Barkha Dutt.

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‘INDIA’S HARVEY WEINSTEINS’: BREAKING THE SILENCE

The collapse of liberal mascots in U.S- media Moghul Harvey Weinstein; actor Kevin Spacey, TV host Charlie Rose – has triggered a domestic debate. When will we lift the shroud of silence wrapped around harassment in India? Mrunalini Deshmukh, Poonam Muttreja, Nishita Jha & Tisca Chopra discuss with Harish Iyer

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP; IS AMBITION STILL A BAD WORD?

Recently I turned down a film because the money they offered me was Shit": strongest, bluntest words on pay gap in film industry by Sonam Kapoor

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WHERE DREAMS MEET; MITHALI RAJ HONOURS ‘BOWLER FROM BARAMULLA’

Iqra Rasool, a young woman who grew up in a village in Kashmir dreams of playing Cricket for the Indian Team. We bring her face to face with super-star Captain- Mithali Raj.

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP; IS AMBITION STILL A BAD WORD?

"The only thing I ever wanted to do in my life was to wear the uniform. I used to question my father- when can we as women do so?" : Lt Col.Navneet Duggal at @WeTheWomenAsia.

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We are a two-day, participatory, open-to-all, forum for women that offers a 'Break Free' 48 hours to bring together diverse view-points, concerns, challenges, and a celebration of all that women have achieved.

We will build an annual space that - in a world of continued 'mansplaining' - will give women a space for unfettered expression, great conversation, forging bonds, mentoring and networking and ultimately a wide community of friends.

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Meet our Creative Director and Curator, Barkha Dutt, India’s only Emmy-nominated journalist who has won multiple national and international awards, including the Padmashri.

Barkha, has reported from some of the toughest spots and conflict zones in India and across the world including frontline reporting of the Kargil war that first made her a household name. She is an outspoken feminist voice on the global stage and also the Founder-Editor of Mojo, a new content and events digital venture.

Our Event partner - Fountainhead MKTG (part of Dentsu Aegis Network), is India’s premier experiential marketing agency that blends local insights with global perspectives, to curate bespoke experiences.

art curator

Parmesh Shahani heads the Godrej India Cultural Lab, an award-winning, experimental Ideas space. He is the Editor-at-Large of Verve magazine & the author of ‘Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love & (Be)Longing in Contemporary India.

The Godrej India Culture Lab cross pollinates ideas and people around the broad theme of what it means to be modern and Indian. All our programs are free and open to the public and accessible online on www.indiaculturelab.org

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speakers

Mrunalini Deshmukh

She is a celebrated divorce lawyer and outspoken activist on issues of gender-equality. She has been a tireless advocate of more women-friendly laws and a fairer justice system.

Diksha Dwivedi

Diksha is an entrepreneur and the author of Letters from Kargil, an anthology of letters to loved ones from the front.  Her father Maj CB Dwivedi was martyred in the Kargil War.

Sheelika Ravishankar

heelika Ravishankar formulates and executes strategies designed to make the Team Indus GLXP mission, one of the most inclusive space missions ever. The aerospace startup is building a privately funded Spacecraft to land on the Moon. Sheelika is the founder of Chrysalides.

Raghu Karnad

Raghu Karnad is a journalist and the author of Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War. The book won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar and was shortlisted for the English PEN Prize for historical non-fiction. He is an editor-at-large at theWire.in.

Iqra Rasool

Iqra Rasool is a 17-year-old cricketer, who hails from North Kashmir. She is known as Baramulla's super girl. Iqra has represented her state at the national level several times. In May 2017, she moved to West Bengal to play for Bengal. She hopes to play for Indian women's national cricket team.

Kersi Khambatta

Kersi Khambatta was in the Merchant Navy for 16 years after which he spent 7 years on private yachts. He wrote two successful films scripts soon after (Being Cyrus and Finding Fanny); and then a novel "The Village of Pointless Conversation' which was published by Harper Collins India.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing in the Government of India and Member of Parliament from Bathinda. She has been a part of a project named "Nanhi Chhan" to save the girl child and trees.

Priya Dutt

Priya Dutt a former Member of Parliament is also a social activist and the Trustee of The Nargis Dutt Cancer Memorial. She is deeply committed towards the empowerment of women and has actively fought for the legal rights of sex workers, their children and sexual minorities in India.

Poonam Muttreja

Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI). An innovator in the field of development, she has co-founded organizations in the areas of social justice (SRUTI), craft (DASTKAR); programs on leadership (Ashoka Foundation) .

Nitin Gokhale

Nitin Gokhale is a well-known defence analyst, media trainer and a multi-media reporter. Over the 3 decades of his career he has worked across web, print as well as broadcast mediums.He has the rare distinction of living and reporting from India’s North-eastern region for 23 years.

Kusum

Kusum is the president of the All India Network of Sex Workers. She has over 12 years of experience at policy and intervention level in design and implementation of developmental projects for HIV programs. She is also the president of Milan Mahila Sangathan.

Mithali Raj

She’s made us all proud as the captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team and opened the way for women to boldly lead on the turf. A Padmashri and an Arjuna Awardee, Mithali Raj is often regarded as one of the greatest cricketing batters to have ever played the game.

Lt. Col Sofiya Qureshi

Lt. Col Sofiya Qureshi is the first woman officer to have led an Army contingent at a multi-national military exercise. She has served as part of the U.N Peacekeeping Force in South Africa, Cambodia and Congo. She is an officer from the Signals Corps of the Army.

Shobhaa De

Shobhaa De is a columnist, a bestselling novelist and an outspoken commentator. Known to never pull her punches, she is often a talking point in her public discourse. Her latest book is called 'Seventy and to Hell With it'.

Nivruti Rai

Nivruti Rai is Vice President in the Data Center Group (DCG) and General Manager of Intel India at Intel Corporation. She leads engagements with national and local governments and policymakers, as well as collaborates with ecosystem players & research labs in India.

Ms. Chanda Kochhar

Ms. Kochhar is the MD & CEO of ICICI Bank. She is recognized for her initiatives in Retail banking and for her sharp strategic planning & leadership skills. She has featured on Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business”; Forbes “100 most Powerful Women”; Time’s “100 most Influential Women”.

Nirali Kartik

A Hindustani Classical Vocalist from Mumbai, India. Nirali, created her own brand of music called ‘Maati Baani’, ‘The language of the Earth’ for which She collaborates with international artists i.e. Micheal Jackson to put classical music within different sounds and cultures.

Supriya Bezbaruah

Supriya is a Public Health specialist at Global Health strategies. A devoted advocate, she as lead the communications to reduce risk of diease for WHO South Asia.

Deepana Gandhi

26 yr old Deepana Gandhi is a member of Team Indus, the only team from India to be shortlisted for the $30m Google Lunar Xprize, A race to land a robot-craft on the moon.

Roshni Nadar Malhotra

CEO of HCL Corp, Ms Roshni is a Trustee of Shiv Nadar Foundation and the driving force behind the Vidya Gyan schools in U.P., that transforms underprivileged kids into the leaders of tomorrow. She also promotes the education of Dalit and Muslim girl child.

Amish Tripathi

Described as ‘India’s first literary popstar’, Amish is the author of the Shiva Trilogy, the fastest selling book series in Indian publishing history. This best seller, was also the recipient of the Pride of India Literature award and spotted on GQ’s and Forbes list of ‘Most Influential in India’

Harish Iyer

Harish Iyer, an equal rights activist has been given the Energising Bharat award by Bharat Petroleum for 'Women’s Empowerment' and is the only Indian on Guardian’s list of the ‘100 most Influential LGBT people in the World’. He is also the founder of “The Jimmy Foundation”

Gauri Sawant

Gauri Sawant is an activist and founder of Sakhi Char Chowgi, under which she manages several projects that address health issues of the transgender community and provides them with opportunities to earn their livelihood.

Dr. Rishma Dhillon Pai

Dr. Pai is the Director of one of the oldest Family Planning centres of India. She has done work in the use of non-surgical MRI guided focused ultrasound for the management of fibroids . She has the distinction of having delivered a 60 year old woman, one of the oldest patients in India.

Mahabanoo Kotwal

Mahabanoo is a recognized producer, director and actor who began her career with the Vagina Monologues. She uses her craft as a means of healing through her foundation ‘Make a Difference’, making the arts accessible to female victims of violence as a medium of expression.

Gayatri Rangachari Shah

Gayatri is VP, Asia, Tina Brown Live Media, a platform that produces the Women in the World Summit, a joint venture with the New York Times. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Indian Express, Mint, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Condé Nast Traveler, Elle, and CNN.com.

Samir Saran

Samir Saran, a Senior Fellow and Vice President at the Observer Research Foundation. At the ORF, Saran has also been an active researcher on projects around the representation of Islam and radicalism; climate change; and implications of the emergence of BRIC.

VS Kundu

V. S. Kundu is an IAS officer of 1986 batch in Haryana cadre. He has handled key assignments in Haryana. At present he is Addl Chief Secretary for Science & Technology in Haryana, and is also Vice Chancellor of the State University of Performing and Visual Arts at Rohtak.

Ayaz Memon

Ayaz Memon started off as a sports writer & went on to edit dailies like Mid-Day, Bombay Times, DNA apart from being editor of Sportsweek, sports editor of the Independent, ToI at various stages. He has written books on cricket and co-authored ‘The making of a Nation’.

Varnika Kundu

Varnika Kundu is a professional DJ and producer. When she faced a harassment incident, she refused to submit to the stigma and take on the role of ‘victim’. She made it her mission raise awareness about the brutal violation of the laws pertaining to women’s safety.

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor is a prominent Bollywood actress. She received the National Film Award – Special for portraying the much praised titular role in the biographical thriller Neerja (2016). She supports various charities and causes, such as raising awareness of breast cancer and LGBT rights.

Nitu Bhattacharya

Nitu Bhattacharya is 1991 batch officer of the CRPF. She has served in various conflict areas, gaining a rare insight into the lives of women on both sides of the conflict. She is recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service, Antrik Suraksha Padak and Kathin Seva Padak.

Nishtha Satyam

Nishtha spearheads Strategic Partnerships, Policy Impact and Public Relations for UN Women, an entity that works towards Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment. She is an active advocate of the urgency to mainstream women across the marketplace, workplace & community.

Pallavi Shroff

Pallavi Shroff is the managing partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. Her diverse representation of public & private corporations has earned her international acclaim. She has been involved in the most challenging cases in India within energy, infrastructure, M&A and policy related matters.

Nishita Jha

Nishita was selected as a ‘New India Foundation Fellow’ in 2013. She is recognized for humanizing the discourse on demonetization by covering the social ramifications. She covers conventionally taboo subjects viz., LGBTQ rights, menstruation, rape, and the sexually liberated woman.

Paromita Vohra

Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer, committed antakshari player and founder of India's best loved website about sex, love and desire, Agents Of Ishq (We Give Sex A Good Name).

Lt. Col Navneet Duggal

Lt. Col Navneet Duggal is a trained engineer and holds a MBA degree. She is a national rifle shooter and has represented India in the World Military Games. She has served the army in Kashmir, West Bengal and Sikkim.

Rohini Pande

Rohini is a Professor of public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Her work has examined how institutions raging from electoral to financial can be designed to empower historically disadvantaged groups.

Jasmeen Patheja

Jasmeen is the founder of Blank Noise; an Art Collective focused on Feminism - in particular issues of sexual violence. The work of the collective has zeroed in on the harassment women face on the street and in public spaces. It uses Art as a means of both protest and healing.

Malavika Sangghvi

Malavika is a veteran columnist described as a ‘Chronicler for social mores’ by The New York Times. She is unabashed people-watcher whose writings often draw on hidden nuggets and previously unknown details. She describes herself as a “Purveyor of Secrets”.

Faye D’ Souza

Faye D’ Souza is the Executive Editor and prime time anchor of Mirror Now news channel with over 16 years of experience behind her as a journalist. Faye hosts a highly successful debate show – The Urban Debate on the channel. She has been lauded widely for her views on feminism.

Aranya Johar

Aranya Johar's spoken-word series especially 'A Brown Girl's Guide to Gender' have gone viral among the millennials and beyond. Using poetry to take on gender discrimination, the 18 year old uses her art as activism.

Insia Dariwala

Insia Dariwala is an award winning international filmmaker, and a social justice advocate who has used her craft to highlight social issues like Child Sexual Abuse and Female Genital Cutting, through her NGOs The Hands of Hope Foundation, and Sahiyo.

Rahul daCunha

Adman, playwright, theatre director and columnist Rahul is the creative head of daCunha Communications. His father, noted ad-man Sylvester daCunha was the creator of the iconic Amul girl in 1966 and daCunha Communications has handled the Amul account ever since.

Sharmila Karve

Sharmila Karve is a Partner, Assurance with Price Waterhouse, India with rich & deep experience in leading audits of large Corporates. She has extensive experience on Indian GAAP, IFRS & US GAAP assignments spanning various sectors. She has held several leadership roles at PwC.

Ankhi Das

Ankhi Das is the Director of Public Policy for Facebook India and South & Central Asia. Ankhi is responsible for Facebook’s efforts on connectivity and Internet governance. Ankhi was a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory (MAG) of the UN Internet Governance Forum.

Pooja Shetty Deora

Pooja Shetty Deora is a Director on the Adlabs Entertainment Limited Board. She has been actively involved in the setting up of the theme parks and the various business verticals of the company. Pooja was named a Young global leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.

Farzana Haque

Farzana Haque is the Global Head of Europe Telecom Business Unit and the Global Head of Strategic Group Accounts at TCS

Smriti Irani, Union Minister

Smriti Irani first became a household name as ‘Tulsi’ a wildly popular TV actor. Today she is Minister for I&B and Textiles & a charismatic and influential BJP leader. A multi-linguist, she will share her extraordinary self-made journey.

Parmesh Shahani

Parmesh heads the Godrej India Cultural Lab, an award-winning, experimental Ideas space. He is the Editor-at-Large of Verve magazine & the author of ‘Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love & (Be)Longing in Contemporary India.

Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi publishes poetry, fiction and essays. For fifteen years she worked with the Chandralekha dance troupe in Madras. Her most recent book is a collection of poems, Girls are Coming out of the Woods. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu.

Revolver Dadi

83 year old Chandro Tomar is a sharpshooter from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh, making her the oldest shooter of her kind in the world. A mother of six and grandmother of 15, she started training when she was 65 years old.

Salma Sultan

An Iconic newscaster, Salma Sultan was the face of public broadcaster Doordarshan from 1967-97. A signature rose tucked behind her ear set her screen presence apart as did her unique style of draping the border of her sari around her neck.

Shivam Vij

An independent columnist and writer, Shivam Vij has been the Deputy Editor of Huffington Post in India. He is known for provocative and unconventional views and has bylines in multiple digital portals.

Neerja Birla

The Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, Neerja Birla is determined to bring about a positive change in societal attitudes towards mental health. She is also the Chairperson of the Aditya Birla World Academy and The Aditya Birla Integrated School.

Ekta Kapoor

A hugely successful TV and Film producer Ekta is the Joint Managing Director of Balaji films. She recently launched the ‘Alt-Balaji’ App marking her ambitious foray into the digital content domain.

Saxophone Subbalaxmi

She started learning music at the age of 5 and by 13 was playing the sax, an instrument still unusual for female performers. Her repertoire includes Carnatic music, Jazz & Fusion.

Rashmi Agarwal

A post-graduate in Hindustani Classical Music she is a versatile singer who has conceptualized a variety of thematic concerts including Chal Khusro Ghar Apne & Ghazal - The Feminine.

Ginni Mahi

A young Dalit singer Ginni has made national and international headlines with her rap and hip-hop music that is revolutionary for its radical embrace of caste slurs as badges of honour.

Arunachalam Muruganantham

A Tamil-Nadu based activist he revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary pads machine. His life is now the story of an upcoming film ‘Padman’.

Sakshi Malik

At 23 Sakshi became the first female wrestler from India to win an Olympic medal. She grew up in Haryana, a state with the worst sex ratio in India, and tells a remarkable tale of her life from Rohtak to Rio.

Harinder Sidhu

Her Excellency is Australia’s High Commissioner to India. Her father was born in India and both sides of her family have roots in Punjab. A career diplomat she has handled tough assignments across the globe.

Karan Johar

Director, producer, film-writer, author and T.V show host, Karan is a man of many parts. He recently became a single father to twins via surrogacy. He is regarded as one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry.

Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle is a best-selling author and columnist. Her satirical avatar as ‘Mrs Funnybones’ is hugely popular for its mirth & wit. A woman of many parts she is also a film producer and interior designer who began her career as an actor.

Alia Bhatt

At 24 and in less than a decade Alia Bhatt has emerged as the superstar of her generation in the film industry. Her movies are both commercial hits & critically acclaimed. A multiple-award winner, the feisty Alia has charmed even her detractors with a unique ability to laugh at herself.

Tisca Chopra

Tisca Chopra is a well regarded and critically acclaimed actor. She was recently in the news for going public about the casting couch in the film industry.

Ginni Mahi, the Punjabi hip-hop artist is a viral sensation. Her songs have embraced caste slurs and converted them into badges of honour in music that is both disruptive and catchy. Ginni & her father ‘Prince’ will be in conversation with Barkha Dutt.
Meet the Men behind the iconic ‘Amul Girl’. For 50 years we have seen the deliciously satirical Girl in the Polka Dot Dress making astute & acerbic observations about current affairs. Rahul daCunha shares the story of India’s most beloved ad-Icon with Barkha Dutt
In this special musical performance-cum-conversation Singer Rashmi Agarwal presents ‘The Ghazal as ‘Feminine.’ She argues that though the world of Ghazals and Urdu poetry has been dominated by Men, the essence of the form is Female. Rashmi Agarwal in conversation with writer Shunali Shroff.
Sakshi Malik, the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal, speaks of the extraordinary journey that took her from Rohtak to Rio. Sakshi will be in conversation with senior Sports journalist, Ayaz Memon.
Union Minister Smriti Irani first shot to fame with her TV persona ‘Tulsi’- a character created by Film & TV producer Ekta Kapoor. Today Ms Irani is the I&B Minister and a hugely successful politician. For the first time the two women re-unite to talk about their amazing success. Karan Johar has his task cut out.
SHORT FILM BY POPULATION FOUNDATION OF INDIA
Nearly 20 million women quit their jobs between 2004-12. Ankhi Das (Facebook); Pallavi Shroff (Amarchand Mangaldas); Roshni Nadar (HCL); Rohini Pande (Harvard University); Sharmila Karve (PwC) & Anupama Kapoor (Reboot) discuss this dangerous trend with Journalist Gayatri Shah.
Aranya Johar, a rage among the millennial generation for her ‘Spoken Word’ performances, uses the power of words and poetry to smash the gender gap into shape.
President Ram Kovind has pointed out that of all those who joined an IIT only 10% were women. Those in Phd and Post-doctoral degrees are even fewer. How do we reduce barriers for women in STEM subjects? Meet Team Indus- a private aerospace mission. Shreenika & Deepana talk to Supriya Bezbaruah
Who doesn’t remember Salma Sultan and her signature rose tucked behind her ear? News has changed dramatically since the years of iconic newscasters in the Doordarshan era. Salma Sultan, Dolly Thakore, Barkha Dutt and Faye D’Souza talk about the changing face of TV. Moderator: Columnist, Shivam Vij.
Our Periods are still a ‘Whisper’- often treated as something that women should be embarrassed of. Worse, most girls in India cannot afford sanitary pads and nearly 20% drop out of school on reaching puberty. Twinkle & ‘Padman’ Arunachalam (he created a revolutionary machine for cheap pads) talk Menstruation.
Has the Feminist Debate excluded how Patriarchy shapes and traps Men? How does socialization impact Men? Author Amish Tripathi; Ashish Patil of Yash Raj Films; Journalist Raghu Karnad & Screen-Writer Kersi Khambatta debate how you can make Men part of the conversation. Moderator: Nishtha Satyam
Iqra Rasool, a young woman who grew up in a village in Kashmir dreams of playing Cricket for the Indian Team. We bring her face to face with super-star Captain- Mithali Raj.
Alia Bhatt is known for experimenting with roles and her capacity for risk-taking. She is also known for an endearing ability to poke fun at herself. Now, continuing with her zest for all things new, she he turns the tables and turns interviewer. She will grill journalist Barkha Dutt.
Performance by Ginni Mahi, the hip hop sensation from Punjab whose foot-tapping music also champions Dalit Pride.
Insia Dariwala of “Sahiyo’ talks to survivors among the Bohra community about one of India’s darkest secrets and the brave battle against it. ‘Sahiyo’ conducted the first ever online survey of Bohra women and have led the campaign to shut down this cruel and regressive practice. In conversation with Malavika Sanghhvi.
Brace up for a delightful musical performance session
Start your Sunday with M.S Subbalaxmi and her Saxaphone. Subbalaxmi started learning music at the age of five and was playing the saxophone by 13. She has trained in Carnatic music and is one of the few women to play the ‘Sax’ in India.
Screening of Short Film by Global Health Strategies (GHS)
Jasmeen Patheja (Blank Noise), Paromita Vohra (Agents of Ishq) Nirali Kartik (Maati Baani) & Mahabanoo Kotwal (‘Vagina Monologues’) in conversation with Parmesh Shahani of Godrej India Culture Lab on using Art, Music & Theater as an idiom of protest and strength.
Union Minister Harsimrat Badal; ICICI MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar, Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu; Actor Sonam Kapoor and Cricket Captain Mithali Raj on whether successful women are still held back by society. Moderator: Barkha Dutt.
Lt Colonel Sofiya Qureshi; Lt Colonel Navneet Duggal; Nitu Bhattacharya (DIG, CRPF, J&K) talk to journalist Nitin Gokhale on how it’s time for more Women at the frontline. From U.N peacekeeping to flying fighter jets to serving in conflict zones- the lives of Women in Uniform.
Gauri Sawant a social worker, trans mother and an activist from Mumbai & Kusum, a Sex worker from Delhi join Anjali Nayyar, Priya Dutt & Dr. Rishma Pai to debate Choice Vs. Coercion. Why are Women denied the agency and autonomy over their bodies? Moderator: Barkha Dutt
Varnika Kundu, a disc jockey in Chandigarh made headlines for taking on a V.I.P stalker who hounded her while she was heading home. Her battle inspired the Twitter trend- #AintNoCindrella- to defy the notion of a Curfew hour for women. She and her father V.S Kundu join Barkha Dutt.
83 year old Chandro Tomar is the world’s oldest sharp-shooter. She learnt how to shoot when she was in her sixties and then taught the young women in her family how to load a gun. She and her granddaughter, Shefali Tomar, take the stage with Barkha Dutt.
India told the UN General Assembly that ICT is the most effective way of empowering women. But while 43% of Indian men own a cellphone; women lag behind. Ritesh Mehta of Facebook leads the discussion with Farzana Haque of TCS, Gayatri Buragohain (Feminist Approach to Technology), Samir Saran of ORF.
The collapse of liberal mascots in U.S- media Moghul Harvey Weinstein; actor Kevin Spacey, TV host Charlie Rose – has triggered a domestic debate. When will we lift the shroud of silence wrapped around harassment in India? Mrunalini Deshmukh, Poonam Muttreja, Nishita Jha & Tisca Chopra discuss with Harish Iyer
Shobhaa De is a best-selling novelist and trenchant columnist. Her new book, ‘Seventy and to Hell With It’ also busts the final myth around Women-the fear of Age. Shobhaa De speaks on seven decades of being irreverent to Gurmehar Kaur, a literature student, described as a Next Gen Leader by Time magazine.
Neerja Birla the Founder of ‘Mpower Mind Matters’ & Sanchana Krishnan (a young woman who has personally battled a bipolar disorder) speak on how mental health issues impact Women differently. Moderator: Barkha Dutt
Diksha Dwivedi reads her father’s letters from the Kargil War in 1999. She was only 8 years old when she learnt that he had been martyred in the conflict. She has written a book compiling letters from soldiers to their families, mapping memory and loss in a poignant account.
Geeta Tandon is one of Bollywood's most successful Stunt-Women. She battled a child-marriage which was violent and abusive before she embarked on her extraordinary journey in a male dominated world. She speaks to Film Producer, Pooja Shetty.
Performance by Author, Dancer & Poet Tishani Doshi around her critically acclaimed collection of poems. She has described this collection to be 'documents of violence' against women- triggered first by the 'Nirbhaya' Rape in 2011 and followed by the murder of a close friend in Goa.
A short talk by Nivruti Rai, who leads engagements with national & local governments and policy makers, as well as collaborates with ecosystem players.
Farhan Akhtar speaks on how he challenged traditional ideas of masculinity and machismo by founding the 'MARD' campaign- Men against Rape & Discrimination. Farhan Akhtar is also UN Women's First Male Ambassador and brings 'We The Women' to a fitting close with a musical performance. Moderator: Barkha Dutt

issues

Why are millions of Indian women quitting work?

Nearly 20 million women left their jobs between 2004-5 & 2011-12. Why is India’s Female Labour Force participation declining?

‘BODY SHOP’: Women & Sexual Autonomy

Are Sex Workers, Surrogate Mothers Empowered or Exploited? We explore ‘Choice’ & Sexual Agency.

Stop Sexism. Period

Menstruation remains a stigma in India. Menstrual hygiene remains elusive. UNESCO says 20% of Indian girls drop out of school on reaching puberty. When will the taboo end?

Ambition & Women : Still a dirty word?

Are successful women punished by society instead of being feted? Do we judge women-achievers by a hostile double standard?

Women In Uniform; The ‘War’ for Equality

Is it time to allow Women into Combat roles? Women who serve at the front lines of conflict share their stories.

Our desi Harvey Weinsteins

A conspiracy of silence has protected perpetrators of abuse and sexual harassment. Will the #Me Too Campaign finally change that?

We The Women seeks to be a participatory community where we hear from you. #ShareYourStory with us on issues that matter to you - Sexual Harassment, Reproductive rights, Juggling Work & Home, Parenting, Sexuality, Popular Culture - we will cover an entire gamut of subjects.

Write to us, send an email to speak@wethewomen.asia

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Took me two three days to gather courage to tell my hubby all this - was afraid that he might misunderstand me or he might understand, but ask me to leave the job immediately.

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Took me two three days to gather courage to tell my hubby all this - was afraid that he might misunderstand me or he might understand, but ask me to leave the job immediately.

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Took me two three days to gather courage to tell my hubby all this - was afraid that he might misunderstand me or he might understand, but ask me to leave the job immediately.

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views

Hear them. Watch them. Read them. Let’s talk.

#sloganselfie

What does Feminism mean to you? To me, it means Freedom. What’s your Feminist slogan? Take part in our Instagram contest. Define Feminism.

Post a Selfie or Video on Instagram using #WeTheWomen.

The Top Three Videos will feature at our Mumbai summit.

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What does Feminism mean to you?

Led by editor and publisher Chiki Sarkar, Juggernaut Books, our knowledge partner is looking out for bright new female voices. We invite short story submissions as well as non-fiction essays between 2000 to 5000 words. One winner will get invited to be part of our conclave and the top 5 entries will be published on the Juggernaut platform.

Send your entries to juggernaut@wethewomen.asia

awards

The H.E.R. Awards
Hope. Empower. Rise
We the Women is launching the H.E.R. Awards to honor men and women who have shown remarkable excellence in their areas and have often taken risks, battled odds or rewritten the rules in the pursuit of success.

Our advisory board brings together brilliant women leaders from different professions and backgrounds, tied together by common characteristics - their strength, their fierce individualism, their enormous body of work and their commitment to the rights and freedom of all women. We are grateful for their guidance and support.

partners

venue

The festival is at the easily-accessible Mehboob Studio in the heart of Mumbai’s Bandra neighbourhood. The setting itself provides for the casual, friendly and inclusive spirit of We The Women. Out in the courtyard a flea market and arts and crafts bazaar along with special food stall curated by female chefs will provide company to the stellar conversations inside the hall. In the evening look out for our special music gigs and ‘Open Mic’ hours.

The festival is at the easily-accessible Mehboob Studio in the heart of Mumbai’s Bandra neighbourhood. The setting itself provides for the casual, friendly and inclusive spirit of We The Women. Out in the courtyard a flea market and arts and crafts bazaar along with special food stall curated by female chefs will provide company to the stellar conversations inside the hall. In the evening look out for our special music gigs and ‘Open Mic’ hours.

The festival is at the easily-accessible Mehboob Studio in the heart of Mumbai’s Bandra neighbourhood. The setting itself provides for the casual, friendly and inclusive spirit of We The Women. Out in the courtyard a flea market and arts and crafts bazaar along with special food stall curated by female chefs will provide company to the stellar conversations inside the hall. In the evening look out for our special music gigs and ‘Open Mic’ hours.

team

Sonal Joshi
Co-curator
Shunali Shroff
Project Director
Avinash Kalla
Project Director
Girija Shivakumar
Project Director
Rahul Sharma
Event & Communications Lead
VG Jairam
Marketing & Festival Director
Owen Roncon
Creative Director