Mittika "Delhi, being the capital, represents the country. Whatever happens in Delhi influences the way the entire country is perceived. And today, Delhi is perceived as a city where gender violence is unabated and gender justice is elusive; a city where women live in fear, have little value and even less space.
Living in fear in an environment of violence is a barrier to gender equality. However, this is the environment that is perpetuated in the city through the stories we hear most often - stories of violence, loss and oppression. Quietly, though, women in Delhi are working to question norms, challenge, struggle, resist and overcome barriers of fear and subjugation through their thoughts, words and actions. They are leaving their mark on the city and its culture. Unfortunately, their stories are unheard and invisible.

The Festival of Voices project is re-reading and foregrounding a range of powerful stories of Delhi’s women through a publication and diverse on-ground and online events. In this process, the project is bringing out the reality of women’s experiences, sensitizing and engaging citizens with women’s issues to strengthen the call for gender equality.

We are working so that the stories of hundreds of unheard women create an alternative narrative – of strength, abilities and agency. So that Delhi’s women themselves lead the way to another culture – one where citizens are sensitive to women’s rights, girls and women in the city are valued, safe, and recognized for who they are – equal.

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Mittika TOMORROW: Mittika, along with Young Minds, will be at Ananda School, Gautam Buddha Nagar to share some of our amazing stories with you.

See you there!

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Mittika Through the years, women from different generations and locations have proven their strength and independence. They have ,time and again, proved that being strong is not just about physical abilities, but also emotional, intellectual, and mental strength.

Vidya is one such strong woman who has achieved contentment in her life and boosts perseverance and self-confidence as her essential tools. She talks about her humble beginnings and considers the hardships she went through as the reason behind her resilient personality.

“I had to face multiple hurdles since childhood itself.
Since we were poor, studies became a very important aspect of my life. My mother would wake us up early in the morning and take us to the park for studying as we didn’t have enough space in the house for doing so. We used to spent hours studying on the see-saw.

Now that I look back at these memories, I feel happy. These experiences have played a vital role in my life. I feel proud and satisfied with myself.“

If you have a story you wish to share with us you can write to us on the email ID - mail@mittika.in or mittika.programs@gmail.com

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Mittika Playing into old standards like “it’s a man’s world” can be habitual, subconscious. The world population is approximately half female. By definition, it is not a man’s world. Reclaiming the cityscape, these women of Delhi shout out t heir "right to city." The visibilisation of women in public spaces is part of a solution to make Delhi more inclusive.

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Mittika Through theatre, storytelling and art Mittika and its partners bring the stories that make up #FestivalOfVoices to life. Here are some glimpses into the events held last week.

Stay tuned for more event announcements!

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Mittika Patriarchy is a system of society or government in which men hold the power and exclude women from positions of power. In a system in which men have more power than women, men have some level of privilege to which women are not entitled.

Challenging and dismantling patriarchy is something that has been ongoing for countless generations. Whether boarding buses early in the morning to get to work in cities, or hurrying to the next round of meetings held by their local self-help or credit groups; rushing off to study or to do sports, dreaming of work that brings fulfilment as well as money — women across India are caught in a swirl of change. Individuals of different gender identities are creating and using existing avenues in the city to resist patriarchy.

How has Delhi enabled "you" to resist oppression?

Share your views with us in the comments below.
Watch this space to hear the story of Delhi as you've never heard it before - through the voices of the women who make up the city.
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Mittika A story, if broken down into the simplest form is a connection of cause and effect. Listening to a story can make a huge difference in our perspective.

They can make us realise our own strength and encourage us to reach out to more people out there. Varuni Narang, a philanthropist, shares her experience of how just one story changed the way she looked at the world around her.

“I met this girl, while working on a project, who wished to become a social worker but couldn’t do so as her family had restricted her movements. Even though she is only 21 yeears old, they wish to marry her off as soon as possible and wouldn’t let her study more. Right now she is going through severe depression. This interaction with her made me realise who I was as a person and the privileges I enjoy in my daily life. I realised the spaces I enjoy in this city (Delhi) have been denied to a lot of people.

Coming across such stories has made me recognise the strength I carry as a person and it’s time to use that strength to help others in ways I can.

If you have a story you wish to share with us you can write to us on the email ID - mail@mittika.in or mittika.programs@gmail.com

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Mittika Festival of Voices x Khyatiworks GIVEAWAY

Khyatiworks makes quirky, abstract and psychedelic jewelry, stationery and gifts and have very kindly offered to host a giveaway for Festival of Voices!

Khyati has never let anything stand in her way. After moving to Delhi 14 years ago, she knew she needed an outlet for her art. So, after getting home from her full time job, Khyati dedicated her evenings to setting up her own business - Khyatiworks.

SHARE YOUR STORY of how Delhi has made you stronger in the comments of this post and you'll be in the running to take home a pair of earrings of your choice from Khyatiworks' newly opened store in Noida!

Entries close 09 August, 2018

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