Playing Holi Without Fear, This Year!

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गाने.नाचने के बहाने छेड़ते हैं…जयपुर

“ I was groped and molested while playing Holi”…Haryana

शरीर के किसी भी हिस्से पर बिना पूछे रंग मलते हैं… झाँसी

“We are scared to go out of our homes because boys will forcibly colour us all over”…Delhi

हम लड़कियों को होली खेलने की आजादी क्यूँ नहीं… वाराणसी

When I was young, growing up in Kanpur and Lucknow, we all enjoyed playing Holi in our neighbourhoods.

Over the years, girls have stopped playing Holi; their families keep them inside the homes for fear of molestation and sexual harassment.

#AisaKuyn   Why is it so? Why celebration of a  festival that marked change of seasons and fresh harvest become so problematic?

#ऐसाक्यूँ की आज लड़कियां हमारे घरों और मोहल्लों में होली खेलने से कतराती हैं?

#AisaKuyn Why girls can not show comraderie, play colours, sing and dance and enjoy festivities at Holi?

इस वर्ष अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला दिवस पर बातें कमए और होली ज्यादा शुरुआत… अपने घरों और मोहल्लों से

#BeBoldforChange should start with playing Holi in our homes and neighbourhoods this year.

#रोजमर्रानारीवाद तभी दिखेगा जब सभी लड़के.लड़कियां बिना भय और ख़ुशी से रंग खेलेंगी होली पर!

Let us practice #feminismineverydaylife by playing Holi where girls and women enjoy and participate without fear!

#FeminismInEverydayLife    Happy Holi     March 12-13, 2017
Rajesh Tandon

Rajesh TandonDr. Rajesh Tandon is one of the Founder Directors of MFF (Martha Farrell Foundation), the Founder President of PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia), and Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, living in Delhi, India. He completed his graduation from IIT, Kanpur and post-graduation from IIM, Kolkata, and received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, United States. He is an internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development. Dr. Tandon specialises in social and organisational change and has contributed to the enhancement of perspectives and capacities of many voluntary activists and organizations. He has served on numerous government task forces and committees, and is the founder of the Board of Directors of World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS). He has written a number of articles, books and manuals on Participatory Research and related topics.

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