The Laadli Youth Fest 2009
Population Fest has been organizing, since its inception, Laadli Youth Fests in colleges to draw the students in to the campaign and engage them effectively in a dialogue on gender issues. The Laadli Youth Fest was envisaged as a means to understand how the youth perceive gender issues by giving them an opportunity to express themselves through creative competitions. The most important outcome was that we have set the students thinking on issues like gender discrimination, inequality of the sexes, pre-birth sex selection etc – issues that were hitherto nowhere on their radar. The quality of some of the entries in terms of both creative concept and execution has been excellent, and some of them have been used and mass-produced for the Laadli Campaign. The youth fest culminated every year in a high profile event attended by youth icons and celebrities. Two of the events were organized as a joint initiative of NSS and Population First as the SAARC international Girl Child Day and NSS Day are both on 24 September.
Laadli also collaborated on an ongoing basis with NSS department of Mumbai University which supported the cause by allocating 40 -80 .points to the students participating in activities related to Laadli. The annual NSS festivals also had taken up the cause of girl child with the support of Laadli.
Other college fests like Tarangan, of Thakur College, Ananya of Sophia college, Prerna of Elphinstone college , Pratibimb of Siddharth College, Udaan of Khalsa College, Mood Indigo of IIT also have had Laadli as their theme/cause partner and organized various event/activities around it.
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Inter-collegiate quiz competitions
On the eve of international women’s day 2009 Population First organised a Quiz on women achievers at SNDTcollege called “Gender First”. The quiz was based on the prominent women in all fields including mythology and literature. Through this Quiz on the eve of International Women’s Day, Population First celebrated the women achievers. It drew attention to the fact that women have excelled in all fields, even those traditionally dominated by men, and thus reinforced the premise that gender should in no way restrict the choices we make. Miss Queenie Dhody, Miss India 1987, conducted the quiz.
Similar quiz programmes were organized at Kirti College on September 8, 2010 and at KJ Somaiya College on SAARC International Girl Child Day, September 24, 2010, where. Ayesha Lobo, an International Sailor and Yamini Sharma, a Radio Jockey spoke about how they built successful careers in male dominated professions
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