11 February | Zuari, International Centre Goa
Time: 12 Noon to 3 PM
The workshop will revolve around enhancing the understanding around gender, masculinity and Gender Based Violence in addition to identifying and resolving barriers in men’s active contributions towards making everyday space safe for women.
The workshop will stretch across a 3 hour period at ICG (International Centre Goa)
The methodology incorporated in order to have an effective session includes a documentary screening, Exercises as well as Group Discussions to gain a broader perspective on the issue at hand.
The layout follows:
Introductory part: Introduction, rationale and objectives as well as a brief introduction to the key aspects of masculinities.
Film Screening: When Four Friends Meet, 45 Mins.
Synopsis – When four friends meet, they share with the camera their secrets, youthful dreams and failures; frustrations and triumphs. Bunty, Kamal, Sanjay and Sanju, best of friends and residents of Jehangirpuri, a working class colony on the outskirts of Delhi are young and trying to make their lives in an environment which is changing rapidly… girls seem to be very bold… stable jobs are not easy to come by… sexuality is a strange mix of guilt and pleasure… families are claustrophobic… and the blur of television the only sounding board…
The documentary is part of a South Asia based project under which four films have been made in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal exploring masculinities.
Group Discussion 1: The group discussion will envelope the agenda of Masculinity and Gender based violence. How gender based violence is experienced by both men and women. The acknowledgement and reflection of violence, its root causes and lastly how does masculinity promote violence.
The objectives of this session are to understand the relation between practices of masculinity and violence . Second, to identify the modes of violent behaviour: domestic violence, sexual harassment at work/ public places etc. Lastly to identify what participants can do to stop violence against women.
Group Discussion 2: This discussion will revolve around the socialisation of men and the very construction of masculinity. It will bring to light some of the key elements to understanding masculinity such as power etc.
The objective is to develop a sensitive appraisal of what constitutes masculinities and how it makes men behave in different relationships and spaces.
Group Exercise: The focus of the group exercise is the dynamics of power relations and its relationship with empowerment and disempowerment, characteristic of power, kinds of power, sources of power, reflection on experiences on power and powerlessness and finally the move from power to empowerment.
The objectives for the exercise are to identify the operation of power in different relationships and its gender dimension. Second to identify the various sources of power. Next, an understanding of how our actions empower or disempower others, especially women. Lastly, how we as people can support empowerment rather than challenge it.
About Rahul Roy:
Rahul Roy is a Documentary filmmaker and Director of Aakar, a Delhi based trust that works in the area of media, culture and research. Aakar has been engaged in several interventions on masculinities across the South Asian region for more than a decade now. Roy graduated from the Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 1987 with a postgraduate degree in filmmaking. His films have travelled across the globe to various documentary film festivals and have won several prestigious awards. Rahul Roy’s films explore the themes of masculinity and gender relations against the larger background of communalism, labour, class identities and urban spaces. His work has focused primarily on masculinities. Besides filmmaking he has been researching and writing on masculinities. His graphic book on masculinities titled ‘A Little Book on Men’ was recently published by Yoda Press.