Must बोल is a call to young people to examine violence in their lives and speak out against it. To recognize it, to talk about it, and to address it. This is violence that all of us witness, experience and participate in and many times emerges from our gender identities.
There is a tendency in all of us to disassociate with violence because “it would never happen to me.” Must बोल is a call to look deeper.
It’s a Campaign led by a core group of young people from Delhi, exploring the realities of how dominant gender norms create restrictive situations in our lives and inviting other young people to join the dialogue and efforts to change the situation.
The Must Bol campaign against Gender Based Violence was started as a 5th Space experiment to develop youth leadership against gender based violence through making short films, taking public actions and online campaigning.
The campaign was started as a response to the lack of spaces for young people to discuss and learn to deal with violence emerging from their gender identity. While this is becoming an urgent issue for young people, it remains marginalised in most youth spaces. With this in mind, we set out to create an open space for discussion and action for young people specifically interested in addressing GBV issues.
Must Bol works with a group of 30-35 young people to develop them as campaign leaders. The on ground action in the campaign takes the form of exhibitions,public events and intensive workshops with young people. Since it’s initiation in December 2010, the campaign has created a community of over 32000 people online and reached over 4500 people on ground through direct on ground actions. We use short films made by our volunteers through screenings and on ground interactions for campaigning and and advocating against GBV.
Must Bol is also an experiment in using social media for social change. We work with a mandate to make young people’s social media interactions more meaningful and relevant to their realities. With this in mind, we have used facebook actively for campaigning, using a lot of campaign posters to take up online discussions on gender issues. We also host online contests to engage with young people.
Must बोल is a collaborative and co creative space. The Campaign builds on expertise and experience of diverse organizations and resource persons with a strong concern on Gender based violence and engagement with young people.