Everyone should speak out — that’s the mantra of a group of Delhi college students who have started an online forum to encourage students to speak out against injustice of any form.
Called Let’s Talk, the campaign was launched on Facebook in 2010 as part of the Mustbol campaign started by the city-based organisation called Community— The Youth Collective. It is handled by 20 students from colleges across Delhi who invite their friends and colleagues to discuss different topics on the forum. “It’s about a few like-minded people coming together and speaking about everything from violence to gender inequality. We are a youth-led campaign and we call young people to examine violence in our lives and speak out against it,” says Kriti Malhotra, a member of the core committee and a second year student of Lady Shri Ram College for Women. The group, which has about 5,000 members, has actively participated in the Slut Walk, Gay Pride Parade and other such initiatives.
The members also keep hosting contests to engage the youth in issues that are socially relevant. The most recent event organised by the forum was the Must Bol Film Boot camp. “For the next session, we are in talks with various colleges to host poster-making and short film screening competitions next month,” says Vaishali Singh, Associate Coordinator of the campaign. You can check them out at facebook/letstalk
Leaders for Tomorrow
They organise many programmes in Delhi colleges aimed at awakening the social consciousness.
Check them out atfacebook/leadersfortomorrow
Members: More than 7,000
Let’s Mend The Gap
A volunteer-led initiative to promote gender equality in public spaces. The group organises flash mobs on the Delhi Metro.
Check them out at facebook/pleasemendthegap
Members: More than 1,000
Pravah, Turn The Tide
The organisation, which was formed in 1993, works with youth and youth organisations to encourage social awareness.
Check them out at facebook.com/pravah
Members: About 1,500