Our Final Day in India
On our final day in India, we were called back to our purpose in making this long journey. We had traveled across continents and ocean to learn from and with advocates and organizers who do similar work. We came with big questions – about movement building and social transformation – and were excited to explore them fully. Our new allies were working in different contexts and environments, but were the underlying root causes they face all that different from the systems that keep violence against girls and women alive in the United States, including patriarchy, colonialism, and economic injustice?
Move to End Violence cohort members in deep conversation with our hosts of Apne Aap Women Worldwide
Over the course of our convening together, our questions continued to develop and grow and there was appetite for deeper engagement. We spent our last morning in Kolkata, and many moments leading up to it, in conversation with our hosts from Apne Aap Women Worldwide. Some topics were present all along: how can we partner across context and boarders? How can art be a strategy to inform and catalyze culture change? What is the role of men in ending men’s violence against girls and women, and how can we change what that engagement looks like? What will it take to end violence – and what’s the movement we need to do that? Other questions came from a week of experiences together – How have race and caste, colonization and class shaped both of our societies? What does survivor leadership and engagement look like in action? Beyond changing laws, how do you fundamentally change society and culture? What would a transnational movement to end violence look like?
Having the space for this conversation was invaluable, but it left most – if not everyone – in the room craving more. We are eager for the new relationships we have seeded to continue to grow, blossom, and – hopefully – bear fruit.
Participants in the Move to End Violence 2013 international learning exchange: Front row from left: Parul Thapa, Emily Cavanaugh, Ruchira Gupta, Ruchika Angela Nigam, Scheherazade Tillet, Puja Dhawan, Andrea Lee, Tinku Khanna; Middle row from left: Lan Nguyen, Debbie Lee, Sandra Park, Heidi Lehmann, Marcia Olivo, Trina Greene, Annika Gifford Brothers, Cristy Chung, Abhilasha Kumari, Anupam Das; Back row from left: Maura Bairley, Pamela Shifman, Eesha Pandit, Kelly Miller, Rachael Ibrahim, Monique Hoeflinger, Nicole Matthews, Kristen Zimmerman, Archi Pyati, Tony Porter.
Trina Greene thanks Vishal Bhasin of Indian Excursion for his unparalleled support and care of our group
This experience would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many. On behalf of Move to End Violence, we would like to thank everyone who spent time in conversation and trans-national learning with us, the dedicated women and men of Apne Aap Women Worldwide who hosted and facilitated the entire journey, and our friend and travel guide Vishal Bhasin who kept us well-fed, happy, and healthy.
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