#MeToo Conversations: Divya Kandukuri, Nidhi Goyal discuss the need for inclusivity and how to ensure it

In this #MeToo Conversation, the panelists discuss what are the issues marginalised women face and how they must occupy a more equal place in the movement

FP Staff October 22, 2018 14:40:27 IST
#MeToo Conversations: Divya Kandukuri, Nidhi Goyal discuss the need for inclusivity and how to ensure it

As the #MeToo movement continues to dominate conversations on social media and in the workplace, one of the narratives that has emerged is that of marginalised women in India. Notably, last year, the list of sexual harassers in academia was created by a Dalit lawyer, Raya Sarkar — a fact that many say is being forgotten or ignored.

In this #MeTooConversation, Divya Kandukuri, Nidhi Goyal, Ngurang Reena and Christina Thomas Dhanaraj discuss the need for inclusivity in the movement. Kandukuri, freelance journalist and founder of the BlueDawn Mental Health Care Group, opened the discussion with a question: Why did Raya Sarkar's list not gain the same amount of prominence as the current wave of the movement?

Dhanaraj, consultant at @DalitWomenFight and advisor at Smashboard, spoke about how Dalit women should not be badgered to explain details of the harassment or abuse they have experienced. She also spoke about how the media is irresponsible in reporting crimes perpetrated against marginalised women, especially when it comes to documenting these crimes through photographs and video. "We have to have marginalised women at the centre of the movement," she said.

Reena, poet-activist and research scholar at JNU, spoke about how tribal women are discouraged from reporting because their communities ask them to be silent or compromise.

Goyal, founder-director of Rising Flame and a disability and gender rights activist, spoke about how very often care-givers themselves can be harassers. She said that many times, survivors don't report harassment because it could lead to further alienation in their personal or professional spaces. She said that networks of support are needed for women, which are accessible to all.

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