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DIDI

A documentary film based on the women who live for others

We all know of justice as the concept of moral rightness, but it’s certainly not limited to that. It is also about the right that an individual has. The right to equal protection before the law, the right to enjoy one’s civil rights without discrimination, be it on the basis of caste, gender, religion, or wealth. But, is that how it works? Especially for the excluded communities, or women? Particularly, the most marginalized women in society? women- who are constantly battling against patriarchal ideology and poverty to feed their families. Women who are always one-on-one with casteism and discriminative society on multiple levels. Women who are bereft of basic human rights and even justice in many cases. Unfortunately, for most slum women, the concept of justice is unheard of. Activism by human rights defenders and media plays an important role in catalysing the process of justice. Sadly, even then, very few cases really make it to the media, and thousands of others get buried under the covers of traditions, pride, and corruption. It is this unresponsive enforcement system that leaves women with no choice. They unwillingly decide to stay silent despite facing repeated abuse and discrimination. Ultimately, it is the victim who has to hide her face and struggle to lead a regular life. The accused roams about freely with pride, unaffected by his deeds. Usually, women are blamed for not speaking up or standing up against the violence they face. But it’s disappointing to know that for most victims, it is easier said than done. The grave question here is: how can these women be empowered to release self-worth or at least speak openly about the violence they face? About what they suffer at their workplace, in society, or at home? Whom do you think can connect their soft, unheard voices to a system that can help them be louder and stronger? ‘Didi’ is a documentary based on ‘Women's human rights activists’ who resolve to be accessible to women in distress and make these feeble voices reach the authorities, media, and specialists. ‘DIDI’ is what girls from villages, slums, colleges, institutes, and society lovingly address them as. Most of the DIDIs are local residents of the same area or are from an adjacent area. They empower women through capacity building. They make women independent through various well-planned activities in livelihood, good governance, access to justice, health, and education. The most inspiring factor is that some of these activists were once victims themselves but have now become an example for the rest to follow.

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