Standing up to sexual abuse/ harassment at the workplace against somebody in power can have serious consequences, right? Thankfully my #MeToo account doesn’t involve direct physical abuse, but was harassing and slimy enough to lead up to it. My boss, Satish R, a middle-aged, outwardly respectable, married man played mentor figure to all in the team and commanded respect for the same.
"I thought that they actually wanted to help me because I was smart and talented. I didn’t know that meant getting into my pants.”
Bollywood’s affinity to lyrics which border on crass and insulting is what prompted Akshara Centre, a woman’s organization which works towards gender equality, to launch #Gaanarewrite, a social media campaign where participants were asked to rewrite certain Bollywood songs that reeked of misogyny, with new lyrics that take a dig at the stereotypes that many Bollywood songs are replete with. #Gaanarewrite and ‘What were you wearing’, are just two among the many hard hitting social campaigns that have been tackling issues plaguing women – from safety, gender equality, to sexual freedom to breaking stigmas surrounding aspects of life such as menstruation. The campaign, #Shareyourstory, released by Delhi based NGO Breakthrough, aimed at breaking the silence about sexual harassment, features many such stories.