This is going to be different from the usual ways of protest. No slogans, no black flags nor any fiery speeches to make a point on gender justice.
The call is to have a peaceful, artful and creative way of saying “enough is enough”. It is also meant to say that violence against women should end and to show how the collective strength of women across the world send a wonderful message in their protests too.
One Billion Rising, the global movement by women for women that was initiated by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, will take place in the city on Thursday evening at the Durbar Hall Ground with Usha Uthup leading the campaign with the ‘Strike, Dance, Rise’ theme. Artist Sajitha Shankar will showcase an installation on the occasion. Over 30 organisations that include women’s forums, residents’ associations and others have joined hands to form the Joint Women Forum that is behind the show.
Singers, artists, music bands and who’s who in the city from every walk of life are expected to join in the show proclaiming their solidarity with the movement. Former judge of the Supreme Court, V. R. Krishna Iyer, and former judge of the High Court, Usha Sukumaran, will administer the oath for making the world a safer and better place for women. District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareeth will be among those who participate.
The events of the evening will be ushered in by the lead songstress Usha Uthup singing the theme song in a tableau which will be taken out from Rajendra Maidan to the D.H. Ground.