The LSE Gender Institute hosts an open meeting in solidarity with India’s anti-rape protests and to confront gender violence in Britain.
The LSE Gender Institute in collaboration with Imkaan and the South Asia Solidarity Group, and supported by a number of South Asian and Black and minority ethnic women’s organisations in Britain, will host a discussion on 23 January 2013 about the massive protests against rape which have been taking place in India in the wake of the horrific gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi on 16 December 2012.
The meeting will address a number of key questions:
- What are the implications of the protest movement in India and how can people in Britain support it?
- What are the changes being demanded at a legal, political and social level?
- How can the colonial and racist responses to these events in Britain be resisted?
- What do the Delhi protests mean for struggles against gender violence in Britain and globally?
Kavita Krishnan of the All-India Progressive Women’s Association, one of the activists centrally involved in the protests, will address the meeting via Skype. Krishnan’s speech outside the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence became massively popular during the protests. She will talk about the evolving agenda of the anti-rape movement in India, and explain how the key demands for women’s ‘freedom without fear’, rather than ‘protection’, emerged during the Delhi protests.
The meeting will also have a focus on gender violence in Britain, where recent figures showed that only one in 38 serious sexual crimes led to conviction. The group will discuss how gender-based violence can be combated at a time when services to prevent and address violence against women are facing drastic cuts.
The discussion will include contributions from Professor Naila Kabeer, who will discuss her initiative to include Zero Tolerance of gender violence in the post-MDGs agenda, and Marai Larasi, director of Imkaan, a national network of Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee Women’s refuges and services to combat gender violence as well as others working in the field of gender violence.
When: Wednesday, 23 January 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Where: LSE, New Theatre, East Building