In today’s era when we are so attached to technology that at times we just ignore the stories behind those hashtags and statuses to ponder. In order to bring into light some of the societal issues such as eve teasing, sexual harassment at work place and domestic violence faced by several women in their daily lives and bring awareness among the masses to curb these issues, Foundation for Social Transformation (FST), a philanthropic, gender just organisation of Guwahati has recently come up with street play series titled Shakti- An Awareness Building Initiative. The street play series were performed by the Masters of Social Work department students of North Eastern Regional Institute of Management. The plays were conducted in the major crowd driven areas of Guwahati such as Shraddhanjali Kanan, Street adjacent to the Cotton College and Gauhati Commerce College. The play was scripted originally by Ms.Priya Kumar an intern of the organisation FST hailing from Bharti College under Delhi University with a few modifications by the students of Nerim Group.

 

Students during Shakti street play at Shraddhanjali Kanan

 

Skit performance near Cotton College

The series of street play acts received a good response from the crowd, student communities and masses and was also highlighted by the media forum. The aim of this play was to create a new wave to curb these burning issues on women. We hope to create more such platforms about gender based violence in public places and connect to common people at large.

Shakti Flash Mob at Central Mall

Flash Mob in progress

The second edition to the series of Shakti and in order to bring in social awareness and to spread the message to combat crime against woman, Foundation for Social Transformation, a development support organisation based in Guwahati, Assam organised a flash mob event titled SHAKTI to commemorate the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ on 10 of December, 2017 at Central Mall Premises in Guwahati.

Coinciding with the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, this event was celebrated to mark the spirit of the campaign, advocacy activities to raise awareness on gender based violence which is a 16 Days of Activism between 25 November and 10 December.The flash mob activity has been performed by the students of different educational institutions of Guwahati namely NPS International School, Pune Institute of Business Management to name a few. The group constituted a total of 25 participants who performed to the tunes of women power projecting the message of the strength of a woman.