Meet Mohit, Sameera, Kaainat and Mejaz: students who started the #padsagainstsexism campaign

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Meet Mohit, Sameera, Kaainat and Mejaz: students who started the #padsagainstsexism campaign


COLUMNS / The new age movers and shakers   /   Apr 13, 2015
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The #padsagainstsexism was started by a nineteen year old Elone Kastratia on women’s day in her hometown of Karlsruhe, Germany getting inspiration from a tweet which read; ‘imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods’. Soon it spread over the social media and later some students from Jamia Millia Islamia came forward with their own version of the campaign to fight sexism, which is so deeply entrenched in our Indian mindset.

The very fact that this movement was spearheaded by students from Jamia Millia Islamia was very remarkable. Jamia Millia Islamia largely being a Muslim university result in a tremendous normative pressure on its students to stick to a certain viewpoint. However, the fact that in India, the #padsagainstsexism movement was started from Jamia Millia Islamia was enough to break this stereotype and present a new leaning towards liberalism and change.

And although the students had started the campaign anonymously, they issued a joint statement to the press on March 17, 2015, shedding the ambiguity.

Their reason for issuing a statement to the press:
“Our anonymity has led to many false interviews about the movement being given to several different media outlets by individuals not directly associated with the campaign.”

“We are Mejaz, Kaainat, Mohit and Sameera; we do not hate men, we believe in gender equality and an end to violence against women,” read the statement.

Read the statement here

The campaign was started on March 12, 2015 in Jamia Millia Islamia. Later it reached Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Jadavpur University also recreated the campaign by pasting sanitary pads with messages for gender sensitization.

image courtesy: Jamia Journal
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