daughters of fire: nammashaale reflections

The previous posts about this Vimochana event are here:

take 2: vimochana ‘Court of Women’ – August 2, 2009

daughters of fire, vimochana from dowry – July 30, 2009

We had taken the erdkinder for the ‘courts of women’ programme and subsequently planned for a workshop involving mainly the erdkinder. At this time, we were also planning to invite some folks from Vimochana.

Then, iterating over emails & discussions, we increased the scope of participants (as quite a few expressed interest in the teatime / aisle conversations) to include all staff (teaching, non-teaching/support) – at which point there were some reservations (actually ‘shyness’) that were expressed about talking ‘personal’ matters in the presence of folks that were not from NammaShaale. At this point, we decided that we will have the discussions as purely an internal matter, much regretfully – as we were interested in accommodating all the internal view points – like an open house focussed on itself!

Okay, we hope the good folks from Vimochana who we were planning to call, do not mind that.

I should not forget this – that the event was made possible, by the early departure of the elementary and primary children on 28th August – leaving the rest of us including the erdkinder in reasonable peace and reflective ambience…

first slide of the deck; if you want to download the whole powerpoint slideset, scroll down to the bottom of this post...

first slide of the deck; if you want to download the whole powerpoint slideset, scroll down to the bottom of this post...

To the erdkinder, we had circulated the following discussion pointers earlier – to jump start the process of stimulated response as opposed to a kneejerkish spontaneous response:

  • How, if at all,  did it seem different from watching a movie? What are
    the different sorts of things that were shared that day? What was
    common to all these things?
  • Do these things happen only in India? only these days? What similar sorts of things happen in other countries/cultures? In earlier times?
  • To what “sort” of people/in what “sort” of situations do these things happen?
  • Did it seem like it could happen to your friend/family? Why/Why not?
  • Why do these things happen?
  • What have those people (who talked that day) gained by talking about it there?
  • What have we gained as “audience”?
As stated earlier, if you want the ppt slideset, scroll down - a link is provided there!

As stated earlier, if you want the ppt slideset, scroll down - a link is provided there!

There were quite a few stories and interesting / enlightening discussions on that day at NammaShaale – and there were so many heartwarming / heartwrenching stories from folks amidst us. If not anything else, the discussions created an impetus in us to understand, reach out and act.

All in all, what was originally planned for a duration of 2 hours, got extended to 3.5 hours! In my opinion, it was a very useful, productive and honest discussion at many levels…

(because of the rather involved/personal nature of the discussions I have not included them here; suffice to say that the ppt deck captures the points of views generally expressed)

The power point slide set is here at rapidshare.com; choose the ‘free’ mode – wait for a few seconds and download the deck. And, remember to give your feedback… (let me know if you have problems downloading it)

Thanks yet again, Vimochana.

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