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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Lifestyle

Men take on the streets for change
Namya Sinha, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 22, 2013
First Published: 17:02 IST(22/11/2013)
Last Updated: 17:14 IST(22/11/2013)

Men around the world have taken to activism on streets in a bid to raise awareness and stop violence against women. In September, men in Toronto donned high heels and walked the streets in a bid to change the attitude towards women. Some Delhi men, on the other hand, decided to publicly apologise to women for all that they have suffered.

This took place at an event — Public Apology from Delhi Men to Delhi Women, which took place earlier this year. A follow-up to the initiative, called the Public Celebration of Personal Change, is all set to take place today.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/11/DelhiMenPublicApology.jpg"The focus of this event is to celebrate the change we have brought in ourselves with respect to women. It is the first interactive artistic celebration on personal change towards women. And for those who have not changed and still continue to disrespect women, this should motivate them because if we can do this, so can they,” says Jonathan Abraham, organiser of the event.

The initiative will have four to five interactive pieces that will include postcards and a wall of change. Men will be asked to write ways in which they can change to respect women, along with their address. These notes will be then put up on a wall, and later, these messages will be mailed to the person who wrote them. “This will ensure that the person who has written that message about respecting women, will not forget it,” says Abraham.

Not only men, even women are invited to participate. "We will put a mannequin where women will stick their thoughts on how they can be treated better. We will also give flowers to the women at the venue, along with notes on how men are changing their attitude,” says Abraham. Men on the streets will also be quizzed on when was the last time they stood up for women in their city.


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