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After the book-launch, the symposium Girls at Margins –Questioning Constraints, Claiming Future coorganised by Vacha and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung began. Among the presenters were Prof. Rashmi Oza, Head, Department of Law; University of Mumbai and Prof. Monika Sakhrani of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Prof. Vibhuti Patel, Head, SNDT Women’ University, Dr. Medha Kotwal, Director, Alochana, Research & Documentation Centre in Pune; Dr. Trupti Shah, Director, Sahiyar, Vadodara; Gangaben Baria, a Community organizer; Daivshala Giri, a health and Gender Trainer. Besides, the girls who had to face multiple marginality were represented by Hasina Khan of Awaz-e-Niswan UNICEF. Shalini Mahajan of Lesbian and Bisexual Association (LABIA) and Malini Chib, President, ADAPT (formerly Spastic Society of India), Prof. Veena Poonacha, Director, Research Centre for women’s Studies, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. Organisations representing girls with multifaceted challenges were also Kranti that is working on issues of daughters of sex workers and Disha, which works with girls emerging from orphanages and other institutions at the age 18 and Vidhayak Sansad that is situated in the heart of tribal land adjoining Mumbai.
The next day, the number of participants was 81 and the strong student contingent continued enthusiastically. On the theme of Changemakers, organizations Sahayog, Vacha, CORO for literacy and UNICEF shared from their intervention strategies and outcomes.
The session on ‘Visualization of Future’ had 3 speakers, Oorvi Ranadive, a high school student and poet, Audrey D’mello, Deputy CEO of Majlis Law and Svati Chakravarty-Bhakal, the researcher behind Satyamev Jayate, the TV programme on social issues by actor Amir Khan.
The symposium had emotionally charged and analytically sharp content that revealed commitment and honesty of purpose to confront many disturbing aspects of girls' lives beyond the alarmingly adverse sex ratio for girls and women. The symposium brought to the fore many layers of girls' marginalization and helped the gathering in formulating and responding to strategies adopted by the government as well as by non-government organisations for raising the status of girls in India and facilitating girls' own agency in their empowerment.
Workshops in the foyer event of girls continued to express their view of OBR.
Report by Medhaviniee Namjoshi and Nischint Hora