The festival saw a participation of around 3000 people from across the globe. People came together to celebrate the lives of women and girls and taking a look at the obstacles that they face in daily life.
Founder Director Nidhi Goyal spoke on the opening session titled, “Women Wear Many Hats”, a panel with Sri Lankan and South Asian women who discussed the more hidden parts of their lives – things they regret, things they’ve struggled with, triumphs they’ve celebrated silently; the small and big changes they’ve seen occur, in their own lives and others – relating to their lived experiences as women and their spectrum of work with others.
Nidhi Spoke alongside Swarna Mallawaarachchi – legendary, award-winning Sri Lankan screen actress, Upeka Chitrasena – Dancer and part of the Chitrasena legacy, Sunila Galappatti – former director of the Galle Literary Festival, author of ‘The Long Watch’, Prof Savitri Goonesekera – leading Sri Lankan academic, jurist and women’s rights and child rights scholar, Bhoomi Harendran – Popular women’s and trans-rights campaigner and Gethsie Shanmugam – winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2017, psychologist and teacher. The session was moderated by Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala – feminist, researcher and mountaineer; first Sri Lankan to climb Mount Everest.
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