A girl in class 10 writes ‘it feels really sad to know you all feel that women are inferior and not capable of doing anything’. Another girl writes ‘... but this world seems to suppress girls and dominate us, which is stupid’. Letters like these are part of an exhibition that aims to introduce visitors to what concerns these young girls.
The title of the exhibition comes from American author and poet Maya Angelou’s collection of poems And Still I Rise as it goes with its central theme: raising awareness of gender discrimination and its impact on limiting opportunities for women worldwide.
What makes the exhibition different is that it also features artworks inspired by the writings of girls aged 14-18 from countries like India, China, Britain and Mexico in which they openly address the many fears, insecurities and stereotypes that societies around the world are building.
The letters grew out of a workshop conducted by a Delhi-based charity, Creative Services Support Group (CSSG), which invited around 200 schoolgirls in the city to pen down their thoughts on how girls are perceived in society and their role in it. The replies opened a pandora box of issues confronting these young girls and provided a gateway to their minds. The exhibition is on till April 12 at Instituto Cervantes de Nueva, Hanuman Road.