The patriarchal and misogynistic culture of questioning women’s right to be in the public sphere needs to end. To combat this, #IWillGoOut Collective organised marches and several demonstrations on 21st January 2017 in over 30 cities and towns of India (viz. Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pondicherry, Ahmedabad, Silchar, Karimganj, Jaipur, Bhopal, Nagpur, Thrissur, Kangra, Trivandrum, Gurgaon, Ranchi, Goa, Chandigarh.) We were also being joined by individuals in Kashmir for an online campaign simultaneously.
#IWillGoOut is a collective of individuals and organisations across various cities in India that strongly denounces Violence Against Women and advocates for women’s right to be seen, heard and be in public spaces at any given time without question or fear. We are a movement of the people, for the people, by the people. The emphasis of our collective is to bring in as many diverse voices from across the country as possible. We are therefore in the process of reaching out to various organisations to join us in re-defining what “safe access” means to different people in different contexts. Our attempt is to unite across class, caste, religion, sexuality and all other categories that are used for dividing us, by tapping into the solidarity that exists across multiple struggles, in order to bring the change this country needs.
Crowds in hundreds gathered in about 30 cities and towns of India to say #IWillGoOut
11. Dharamshala, Chamba, Kangra and Sirmor districts of Himachal Pradesh
Editor’s note: more cities will be updated as and when we receive the pictures.