Our rights and their use - हमारे अधिकार और उनका उपयोग

I learned about my rights when I attended a workshop with the entire team of FAT. This workshop was conducted by Ms. Anisha Chugh of South Asian Women’s Fund. She taught us that our rights are our own and that no one is allowed to take them away from us under any circumstances. There are some rights that we are born with and it is important that we learn what they are and how well we utilize them. It is also important to remember that no one can forcibly take our rights away. Through this workshop, I learned that it is important to be aware about one’s own rights that one is entitled to.

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Shabnam’s life: A living proof of transformation - शबनम की ज़िंदगी: परिवर्तन का एक प्रमाण

I recently met Shabnam, one of the girls who was associated with our Tech Center a couple of years ago. After having the pleasure of teaching her then, I was curious to know about her life now and what she has been up to since she left FAT. As a student at Tech Center, I recall her to be a fast learner, a friendly person and someone with a lot of repressed anger. A fighter at heart with a resilient spirit, Shabnam was the kind of person who fought for everything—at home, in the school, with her relatives. But, when she faced something in the public space, handling street harassment, for instance, she used to get scared. 

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A brief look at FAT’s STEM report

It would not be an exaggeration to state that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are spaces shaped dominantly by men and the conventional masculinity that they bring. Unfortunately, this is not just a figment of imagination but a fact when one sees the spaces of scientific and technological education, innovation, creation and use. The disparity is neither a recent development nor an issue that has been tackled effectively. Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) is an organization that is challenging the exclusionary attitude of these spaces and is illustrating through its work that women are as capable in STEM fields as men, if not more. 

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Linking the theory and practice of feminism at Tech Center

When I sat to pen down my thoughts on my first job experience, I was indecisive about what aspect to write about. There was so much happening—a new job, living all by myself in a new city, transition from being a student to a proffessional. Everything was suddenly different now and I was struggling and adjusting with this new phase of life. I thought I was strong and independent but dealing with so many things on my own made me feel burdened. My workplace was not a stereotypical workplace, it was a ‘free space’ for 60 girls who come there everyday.This was called the Technical Centre. But this name did not express what really happened inside. It was so much more.

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FAT enters the gates and minds of LSR girls

A feminist going back to a place that introduced her to feminism is like visiting her place of birth. This is because the place taught me the true meaning of womanhood and what it entails. who I am – a woman.  I received this wonderful opportunity when I was invitd by the Political Science Department of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, my alma mater, to speak on “Women, technology and feminism”. Needless to mention, I was surprised, excited and nervous all at the same time. I was about to go back to my college and speak to them about my new adventures, explorations and revelations with feminism and technology at Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), my recent work and hangout place.

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Young Feminists Finding their 5th Space

It’s never too late to find yourself and never too early to explore.   ComMutiny – the Youth Collective organised a film screening at the Tech Center where films based on the principle of “fifth space” – an exploratory space where one undertakes a journey from self to society by making the other four spaces of family, friends, career/education and leisure count. 

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Girls organize ‘Apna Haq’ screening in Narela - 'अपना हक़' की स्क्रीनिंग नरेला में लड़कियों द्वारा आयोजित

फेट के टेक सेंटर की लड़कियो ने हाल ही में नरेला जाकर बाल संगठन संस्था मे फिल्म दिखाई ओर अपनी संस्था के बारे मे भी बताया | हमने बताया और समझाया की किस तरह यह समस्या सामने आई, शुरुआत कहाँ से की, लड़कियो ने इस फिल्म को कैसे बनाया ओर किस तरह सभी लड़कियां अपनी-अपनी ज़िम्मेदारी निभा रही थी जैसे  पिक्चर शूटिंग, रिपोर्ट बनाना, विडियो तैयार करना आदि |

The girls at the Tech Center who were associated with the making of their film ‘Apna Haq’ recently organized a community screening at Narela. We explained the purpose and motive behind making this film and explained the issues we faced while filming it, how it all began, how the girls got together to work on this project and how we performed each of their responsibilities—from shooting, to report writing to editing—efficiently.

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Support a film on Early Marriage made by young girls!

Support a project will help adolescent girls from socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society to use technology both as a tool and as a medium in helping them raise their voices and generate awareness on the issue of early marriage. Girls associated with our Technical Center would shoot and produce a film on early marriage that would highlight their daily struggles in countering this social menace. We need just $5000 for it for which we need your support! Donate to us and also help us secure a permanent place in Global Giving, a well known crowd funding platform.

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The story of Tech Center - टेक सेंटर की कहानी, रेखा की ज़ुबानी

मुझे फैट में दो साल से ज्यादा हो गया है , मैने यहाँ पर टेक्नोलॉजी (बेसिक कंप्यूटर कोर्स और कैमरा) सीखा और साथ साथ वर्कशॉप के जरिये अपने हक़ के बारे में जाना ।आज मैं  भी टेक सेंटर की लड़कियों को पढ़ाती हूँ | टेक सेंटर मे लड़कियों को पढ़ाने में हम हमेशा कुछ न कुछ बदलाव करते रहते है ताकि लड़कियों को  हम और भी अच्छी तरह समझे ,जाने और उनका  आत्मविश्वास बढ़ाए। 

It’s been over two years at FAT for me and I have learned basics of technology at the Tech Center, including basic computer skills and camera course, while also understanding and learning about my rights by attending various workshops organized by FAT. Today, I teach girls at the Tech Center ensuring that they learn not just technology but understand and realize their rights and build their self-confidence.

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Learning about feminism: through the eyes of young girls’

I enter the Tech Center with a lot of inhibitions. About twenty girls who have never seen me before eyeing me from top to bottom. I adjust my dupatta. Maybe they are judging if it matches with the rest of my attire. My colleague, Shivani, who is about to take a session on “Feminism” with these young girls has repeatedly assured me how beautiful and wonderful these girls are. But I have my own set of inhibitions. This is my first entry into a world of young girls coming from urban poor slums wanting to know about feminism and curious enough to come together and listen about it. I take out my notepad to make notes, if any.

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