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Raising a voice, reclaiming our rights

art-and-culture Updated: Jul 25, 2012 02:25 IST
Harsimran Singh
Harsimran Singh
Hindustan Times
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To raise awareness about sexuality, public safety and domestic violence, a festival is being held in the city, aiming to tackle these issues with many innovative and interactive activities.

The fest — 10 years in 10 days — commenced on July 20, and it also commemorates the 10th anniversary of The Youth Parliament Foundation (TYPF). To make the festival engaging and interactive for its participants, activities such as workshops, performances, concerts, book readings and debates are being held, across various venues in Hauz Khas Village.

On July 29, a day-long event called Reclaiming Our Choices Campaign (RoC) will be organised as a part of this initiative, and it will include a unique social contest called Condom Art Competition. Three male volunteers will aim to innovate and create different things, using condoms, including a wall condom curtain. These creations will also be put on display. “Imagine a curtain made up of only condoms. Now, stop imagining and be ready to see it yourself at the festival,” says Sunil Gupta, one of the three volunteers who will be stitching the curtain.

“Since 2002, we have engaged the youth to build awareness in areas of art, governance, education, gender and health,” says Ishita Chaudhry, founder of the organisation, which is popular for initiating the Bell Bajao campaign that aimed at raising a voice against domestic violence. “Each one of us has the right to live in an environment that respects our choices and gives us the freedom to access our own voices, without fear or judgment. This festival is a celebration of the spirit and innovation of young people across the country,” she adds.

Be a Part of It
What: Reclaiming Our Choices Campaign
When: July 29
Where: Hauz Khas Village
Timing: 11am to 7.30pm
For more details: www.theypfoundation.org
Nearest metro station: Hauz Khas on Yellow Line