Talk to Me: getting strangers to talk to women on a personal level
This was a really interesting initiative by design students in Bangalore in partnership with the Blank Noise Project, an organisation that aims to raise awareness of violence against women in India. What they did was get strangers to talk to volunteers across tables, face-to-face, in a street which was notorious for being unsafe for women. It bridged divides of class, race, gender and brought the focus to the issue at hand. There are different motivations for men attacking women and this sought to eliminate those misunderstandings.
It inspires me because people who theoretically might be the kind of people who attack women for various reasons are forced to confront their feelings and their often misplaced ideas. I think this is important - most solutions focus on women empowering or equipping themselves to deal with the problem, not enough with dealing with the root of the problem - the sociological construct of the people who commit atrocities.
The Talk to Me project in Bangalore
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Talk to Me project in Atlantic Cities here.