Blackness in Brown Spaces : A Discussion 4th Jan 7.30 pm 2021

Dr. Alana Golmei, Cynthia Stephen, Erica Muzwidzwa with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Indian society conflates different forms of prejudices and discriminations relating to skin, colour, race, caste and class, and their interrelationship with each other. Consequently, frequent acts and events of individual and collective violence against the ‘other’, across the country, lead to public humiliation, shame and torture. We seek to bring under the lens – ‘blackness’ in ‘brown’ spaces.

Panelists are –

Dr. Alana Golmei, a humanitarian, lawyer and General Secretary of the Northeast Support Centre & Helpline, which was launched in 2007 with the aim to prevent harassment, discrimination, molestation and abuses meted out to people from Northeast India living in Delhi and its NCR particularly women. A social activist and a lawyer with the spirit of a humanist, Alana has been relentlessly helping and spearheading for the cause of women and received prestigious awards for her work pertaining to human rights. Her meaningful efforts have touched over many lives directly, and have helped sensitize the authorities regarding the issue. Since then she has been a voice of the unheard, unseen, and unacknowledged. Since more than 10 years she has been spearheading in a fight for justice against racial discrimination and hate crimes meted out to Northeast people living in metro cities in India.

She has founded Pann Nu Foundation in 2013 at the backdrop of the rising violence against women in today’s world in the form of gender-based discriminations, physical and mental abuse etc. The Foundation is committed to safeguard and uphold the dignity of women, and strive against all forms of discrimination and crimes against women irrespective of caste, class, race, religion and geographical region.

Cynthia Stephen is an independent media person, gender and development policy analyst, and activist for social causes including advocacy for the rights of the marginalised sections, including women, children, Dalits, Adivasis. She was the State Programme Director, Mahila Samakhya Karnataka, for one term in 2012-2014. Presently, she is the founder director of TEDS Trust, which focuses on access to justice of women and children in distress, and lobbying, advocacy, and training in gender issues, dalit concerns and development. She is also active on social media and TV as a commentator on current events, including religious persecution, urban and rural governance issues, bonded labour, and the environment.

Erica Muzwidzwa is a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho. She has pursued her studies in India and resided in the country for a period of six years. Erica Muzwidzwa has participated in many public speaking events and debates to hone her skills. She subsequently went on to teach grades 1, 2 and 3 in Communication Skills. She is involved with several NGOs working in the field of disability and women’s rights.

Moderator- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an Indian journalist, writer, and a documentary maker. He is also a guest faculty member at IIM Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Shillong, the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Asian College of Journalism and Jamia Millia Islamia.



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