Women share journeys of experience
Kolkata, Mar 23 : A voice of empowerment, and for empowerment, of women was the theme of a panel discussion organized jointly by the American Center and the Aspen Institute of India which looks at leadership development in different sections of the society.
Titled "Our Voice Our Journey" - a conversation with women who make a difference, the full-capacity auditorium at the Max Mueller Bhavan saw women achievers from different walks of life, from home and abroad, sharing their experiences of their 'journey'.
Sohini Chakraborty of Kolkata is a multiple award winner who has used her training as a dancer to develop a dance therapy regimen to give strength and voice to women who are survivors of trafficking and violence.
Rosemary Dzuvichu from Nagaland, professor of English, has been giving a lead to women in Nagaland for political presence in a male-dominated society where customary law keeps out women from taking part in the legislative rights. She is also an adviser to the Naga Mothers Association, a powerful body of women who are fighting for their rights in Nagaland.
In the city now is Fatima Shaik, a writer from American South. As one interested in historical fiction she is tracing her roots to a grandfather from the Hooghly district who had migrated as labourer to America. Her work includes "Melittle" depicting a personal account through the eyes of a slave girl.
Kavery Kaul, documentary filmmaker, is a Bengali who has been brought up in America. Her films have been shown at many film festivals around the world . She is collaborating with Fatima Shaik to document her reverse journey from America to India looking for her roots.
The panel discussion was moderated by Jane K. Thompson, an early intervention specialist. The panelists interacted with the audience afterwards to share about their struggle, views and future activities.