First-ever Fest with a Cause Rocks Delhi University: Report of the Gender Mela

Click here for a PDF of the Gender Mela report: Gender Mela Report

College festivals are the biggest attraction for Delhi students during the months of January and February, bringing them all together for camaraderie, learning and sharing. College festivals are largely planned and promoted as cultural extravaganzas, in addition to other activities such as games, debates, and sporting events.

This year MenEngage Delhi, Miranda House Women’s Development Cell, One Billion Rising, CFAR, Women’s Feature Service, Centre for Health and Social Justice and many other civil society partners and colleges decided to expand the canvas by bringing in issues of gender, social justice and masculinities to the fore. The Gender Mela was planned as a three-day event to be held in Miranda House where participants would come in to have fun and dance and sing without inhibitions while engaging with complex issues and trying to unravel concepts and ideas around gender. This fest with a twist had discussions, debates, stalls, games, cultural performances and much more. It was a jamboree organized around issues of gender, breaking stereotypes and setting new examples.