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Kick Start Equality

‘Kick Start Equality’ a campaign to spread awareness about violence against women is yet another social awareness campaign started by the school. Through this campaign the students wish to spread awareness about the monstrosities that women have to suffer. The school has partnered with CEQUIN (Centre for equity and Inclusion) an NGO working on women empowerment with a rights based perspective.

 Kick Start Equality is a social media based campaign supported by on ground activities. Ten schools from Delhi are all working together for the cause of spreading awareness about violence against women, under the guidance of CEQUIN. Under the Presidents of the campaign, Soumya Chaudhary (XI-C) and - Hadiya Yousuf (X-C), the students of classes IX-XI are all actively involved and engaged in this campaign. Workshops are being conducted for classes VIII-XI where activities and group discussions take place. A soft board where articles and illustrations are pinned up regularly to keep students updated is manned by the members of the campaign. The school globe where students from various classes put up their opinions about violence against women is also updated regularly. 

Since Kick Start Equality is a social media based campaign, everything is posted online on the facebook page (CEQUIN-Kichstartequality). Students regularly post stories, pictures, and real life incidents to garner attention and get to share opinion. The intention is to grasp everyone’s attention and bring a shift in people’s attitude and mindset towards women. 

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Celebrating girl child month the Kickstart Equality Campaign hosted a programme, 'Unite' on 18 November 2016

 

The Kickstart Equality Campaign hosted a programme, "Unite", on 18th November 2016, celebrating Girl Child Month. The campaign showcased a heart-wrenching dance-drama, a song with a pleasing melody and a powerful meaning, and an eye-opening movie. The highlight of the programme, however, was the beat-boxing match by students of our school. The effort put in by the students was much appreciated by the audience..

Students interviewing parents to understand their views on gender equality on 03 September 2016

 

An event organised by CEQUIN to showcase Kick Start Equality campaign at the Australian High Commission on 10 December 2015

 

Kickstart Equality, an Innovative Student-led campaign for Gender Equality and Non-discrimination under the aegis of the NGO, CEQUIN-The Centre for Equity and Inclusion led by Sara Pilot is an ongoing programme for the school this year. On 10 December 2015, in commemoration of the Human Rights Day, the campaign concluded with much fanfare at the Australian High Commission. The school put an art installation which depicted women’s plight under the Panchayati Raj system of India. It projected the difficulties and emotions that women go through before finding an equal footing with men. The students also performed a street play- ‘Aazad Bharat Ki Gulam Tasveer’, encapsulating the theme of equality and non-discrimination.

Flash Mob in support of ‘Kick Start Equality’ at DLF Saket on 29 November 2015

We did it again!

Students along with CEQUIN and nine other schools in Delhi put up a Flash Mob in support of their campaign ‘Kick-start Equality’ at DLF Saket. Through this upbeat performance we put forward our point, that women are no longer inferior to men, that they have broken the chain of inequality and oppression and risen to a new status. The song ‘Break the Chain’ apart from being a catchy tune was applauded for its wordings. It was a raging success which left many thinking about the condition of women and their importance in our society and need to do uplift it. 

Visit our Facebook Page Kickstartequality-CEQUIN to show your support.

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Special screening of ‘Half the Sky’ held on 20 October 2015
It was a documentary that lays bare the horrendous story of transgenerational prostitution in India. It tells the tale of efforts by Urmi Basu; working in Kalighat, Kolkata, she works towards rescuing young girls from the cycle of prostitution and educating them.
Undeniably, there are billions of women living in brothels, who're so numb with pain that they are unaware that there is a life beyond the closed walls they are bound by, where they lead a life of sexual exploitation. Amidst such huge numbers, changing a few lives seems insufficient and non-impactful. Yet, the creators remind us that it does indeed make a difference; it makes a difference to that one female who is now freed, who is not daily sexually exploited, who now has the opportunity to complete her education and fulfil her ambitions,and above all, live a life of dignity.
The screening of the documentary was preceded by a presentation of awards by Justice Seth, to women who have overcome obstacles in their own lives, and are now helping other weaker sections to lead a better life, including poor women and children. 
It was a wonderful and inspiring opportunity, and the documentary will have one drowning in tears.