Webinar and meetings

Webinar and Public Programmes

Post COVID crisis, the online virtual space played a crucial role in not only helping us connect and collaborate on many initiatives but also opened up ways in which to continue our public outreach. During the unfortunate time of the pandemic, we organized a few webinars and the members of the collective have participated in many webinars as well. Some of these are listed below.

Reinventing a people’s jurisprudence: webinar in the memory of justice suresh

Justice Suresh, a respected former High Court Justice and committed human rights activist was the President of SIEDS till he passed away in June 2020. To honour his memory SIEDS, in collaboration with SICHREM, KKNSS, Women’s Voice, Alternative Law Forum and PUCL Karnataka, organised a webinar on July 11, 2020 that sought to recall Justice Suresh’s immense contribution to evolving a people’s jurisprudence through the innumerable people’s and human rights tribunals he was central to.

The speakers included committed activists and lawyers Teesta Setelvaad, Babloo Loitongbam, Jesu Ratnam, Dr Saumya Uma, and Arvind Narrain.

A Public webinar - on violence against women

Violence on women as we all know is indeed a socially accepted, routinised, normalized invisible pandemic which we must constantly make public by raising our voices and saying ‘No’ to it; by demanding both societal and institutional responsibility. This need became more urgent in the context of women becoming veritable prisoners in their own homes in the time of the pandemic. In an attempt to listen to and empathise with the women, and to find concrete alternative institutional support mechanisms SIEDS through Gamana Mahila Samuha in collaboration with PUCL Karnataka and ALF organised a Public Tribunal/Hearing on Violence against Women in the time of COVID-19 on August 1, 2020.

Remembering our salma

Salma, a founder of Sadhana Mahila Sangha, a collective of sex workers and also a dear colleague in SIEDS passed away unexpectedly in July 2021. She was working on an initiative to generate livelihoods for older sex workers who wanted to opt out of sex work or transit out of it. A memorial to honour and remember her enormous contribution to not only the sex workers movement but the women’s and human rights movement was organised by several city based organisations and activists that was also broadcast on facebook live.