Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Day 15: Streetside Stories (Podhuveli Kadaigal)

As the title suggests, we wanted to collect stories from the streetside, mainly from women on how they feel coming out to public places, and what they experience and what could improve their experiences. We wanted to reach out to women in public places like markets, parks, bus stands and more and hear their stories.

So, we decided to conduct a volunteer-based research activity as part of the 2018 Prajnya 16 days campaign against Gender Violence. On the 9th of December, when this event was scheduled to happen, we found we couldn't mobilise a large number of volunteers. This being a volunteer-based activity the scope of the project was dependent on the number of data collectors. Owing to the small size of the group - only 5 data collectors in total, we decided to split into two teams and head to one of the popular areas of Chennai - the T Nagar.

One of the teams went to Natesan Park and the roadside shops outside the park, while the other team went to Panagal Park and the area around it. At the end of the half-day activity, around 2 pm, we could only interview 18 women, but what a diverse group it was! We interviewed women from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and age groups. At the end of the day, interacting with women from different walks of life on a particular kind of gender violence gave us all a unique insight into the problem.

This research activity just doesn't end here. We are transcribing the interviews and putting together a detailed report of our findings and observations. We will soon be adding a link to the report here.

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