Short film festival on gender violence opens
Commoditisation of women in the globalised era and erosion of social values have led to unprecedented increase in harassment against women, writer and social activist Sara Joseph has said.
She was delivering the key-note address at the inaugural function of the short film festival “No to gender violence” at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi here on Wednesday.
“The media has been portraying women as a sex object for commercial benefit. The oversensationalisation of the media in the global market is more than what the youth in our society can afford. It pollutes the social mind,” she said. Malnutrition among women was the main reason for the increasing number of children with underweight in the country. This also causes heart diseases among women. Most of our women are victims of anaemia, she said.
She said men should be ready for redefining gender justice and equality in the current society.
Speaking after inaugurating the festival, Ajeetha Begum, Thrissur Superintendent of Police (Rural), said that right from womb to burial ground women were undergoing various kinds of harassment such as foeticide, infanticide, domestic violence, dowry harassment and sexual violence.
Festival chairman and former MLA Rajaji Mathew Thomas, presided over the function. “Sexual violence and domestic violence are not the only atrocities faced by women. Lack of basic amenities also should be considered as harassment. It is actually a state-sponsored violence against women,” he said.
The five-day short film festival with a theme “No to Gender Violence” will be organised at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi from November 27 to November 30 and on December 10.
The festival is organised by VIBGYOR in association with the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. Various organisations including Jananeethi, Chetana Media Institute, Navachitra, Sahayathrika, ARCHA and Maya are also associating with the festival.