The ASAP event held on the 20th of March was attended by around 15 students, from varying departments such as those of Literature and Political Science. The two speakers addressing the event were Bijaylaxmi Nanda (University of Delhi, via Skype) and Xinran from Mother’s Bridge of Love, London.
The event was appreciated for its different approach, in that it followed a pattern different from the conventional lecture-style model with the speakers presenting their views and the students/audience posing questions to the speaker.
Professor Nanda presented her views on sex-selective abortion in India and the positive and negative developments in the country in the post-gang rape case period when several Indians took to the streets in protest, indicating their support for the girl who was brutally raped and tortured by a group of intoxicated men, and for the several other girls whose rape cases go unreported.
Xinran highlighted the Chinese case, speaking about the age-old customs that mark the position of a woman as a daughter, sister, wife and mother, and the philosophical views that have shaped such commandments. She further went on to interact with the students themselves, asking them about their aspirations, keeping in mind gender roles.
The event ended with a discussion of Chinese presence in England, and how such a presence could prove to be fruitful to the Chinese as well as the British community. Because of the cultural diversity presented in the gender event, the endeavor as such was quite appreciated and overall, a success. Xinran and related speakers can be approached for other events in the future.