On 10 December 2018, Rising Flame in collaboration with the U.S. consulate General, Mumbai hosted the event, “VOICES” to mark the International Human Rights Day. Globally, women and queer persons are the bearers of the most painful and grave human rights violations -from domestic violence to female genital mutilation to sexual harassment and abuse - the list is endless. Social, political, cultural, and legal barriers prevent them from speaking up, being believed, or seeking justice. It is imperative and critical in the current times for us to come together and be heard.
A short film by the U.S. Consulate on gender-based discrimination and a short film by Rising Flame, , a movie on violence against women with disabilities were screened. This was followed by a reading of Payal Kapoor’s personal narrative of being a domestic violence survivor and how the experience is compounded by being disabled.