Ebong Alap / এবং আলাপ

Journey (2017-2018)

On 14th January, 2017, Ebong Alap collaborated with Sandipta Chatterjee Memorial Committee and School of Media, Communication and Culture for Fourth Sandipta Chatterjee Memorial Lecture delivered by Shujaat Bukhari and presided over by Samik Bandyopadhyay at Jadavpur University. The programme also featured the launch of Ebong Alap's new book Biponno Somoy: Bornobaad, Jatiyotabaad, Baakswadhinota O Ajker Bharat.

Ebong Alap & Disha organized joint public meeting on prevention of early marriage with members of local club Netaji Sangha, Birajnagar, Sundarban on 26th February, 2017.

Ebong Alap facilitated gender training session with school teachers of various districts of West Bengal as part of KRP Training on Inclusive Education organized by RMSA at Satyajit Ray Bhavan, Rajathat in January-February, 2017.

Ebong Alap facilitated the two-day gender workshop at Midnapore College (Autonomous) on 23-24 March 2017 organized by Women's Cell of the college. 64 students from various departments participated in the first phase of the year-long programme on Gender Sensitization in the campus. This was the first of its kind workshop under any college in Vidyasagar University.

Ebong Alap and Disha jointly celebrated International Women's Day on 31st March 2017 in a fun-filled way by breaking gender stereotypes through games and storytelling in Bali Basic Junior School, Sundarban.

Ebong Alap organized a one-day national symposium on ‘Mapping Critical Material Around Gender for Use of Schools in West Bengal’ on 25 April 2017 at Jadunath Bhavan Museum and Resource Centre in Kolkata.

On 5th May 2017, Ebong Alap and Disha organized a one day workshop with students from three different schools at Bijaynagar Adarsha Bidyamandir at Bali, Sundarban on gendered dimensions of early marriage.

Ebong Alap and Swayam organized a one day workshop on 'Understanding Gender' with students from four schools at Bali island, Sundarban on 8th September in association with Disha. The workshop took place at Bali Dhanamani Model High School. The workshop consisted of several interactive sessions including a PowerPoint presentation on how gender plays a role in determining presence in public spaces.

Members of Sunderban Bijaynagar Disha felicitating four elderly women on  17 December 2017. These women were interviewed as part of the community oral history project initiated by Ebong Alap and documented through the 'Sunderbaney Meyera ' series in the blog Ekhan Alap. 

Workshop with civic volunteers of Gosaba police station, Sunderban, organised by Ebong Alap, Swayam and Sunderban Bijaynagar Disha on 18 December 2018. This was an effort towards orienting young men working as  civic police volunteers on forms of violence against women and the silence and insensitivity surrounding it.

Ebong Alap, Association SNAP and Abhijan Publishers jointly organized a daylong programme consisting a heritage walk, lunch and interactive session with local people at Metiabruz on 21 January 2018. Teachers, students, government employees, social workers, activists and local people participated in the programme. Click here to know more. 

Ebong Alap and Nirantar Trust, Delhi jointly organized a two-day consultation titled Young People's Sexuality : Issues in Contemporary West Bengal on 16-17 February at Jadunath Bhavan Museum & Resource Centre, Kolkata. School teachers, professors, research scholars, students, gender activists and people from vast array of the society participated in the consultation.

Ebong Alap and Sundarban Bijaynagar Disha jointly celebrated International Women's Day at Bali island, Sundarban on 16th March 2018. The event took place at Bali Basic Primary school. Chairperson of State Women's Commission and State Child Rights Commission were present in the programme, along with members of Women's Commission. Eminent journalist Swati Bhattacharya was also present at the event and addressed the audience. Residents from neighboring villages, students, members of self-help groups, local panchayat member, police officers, civic volunteers attended the event.

This year, Ebong Alap introduced 'Ebong Alap LingaSamya Samman', an award for people who are working at the grassroot level with a common aim to make out society more gender-just. This year, four individuals and one organisation was awarded the same. These awardees are Rabindranath Mandal, Manisha Pailan, Krishna Roy, Murshida Khatun and Rangabelia Mahila Samiti. 

Ebong Alap and Change Initiatives jointly organized a ten-day digital literacy programme at Bali, Sundarban from 16th to 27th April, 2018. Sixty community members, mostly women, were mobilized by Sundarban Bijaynagar Disha. They took part in the training programme that provided them a basic introductory knowledge about computers and how to use some essential applications in smartphones. 

Ebong Alap and Point of View, Mumbai jointly organized a two-day workshop titled 'Digital Safety Net' on 4-5 May 2018 at Prof. Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. School teachers, social activists, lawyers, queer activists took part in the workshop. Facilitators from Point of View discussed how internet surveils our activity each and every moment and how we can use internet more securely. 

The third installment of the gender and education workshop in Medinipur College (Autonomous) took place on 11 May 2018. Around 60 students of the college participated in the workshop. Sarmistha Dutta Gupta and Anamitra Mukherjee facilitated the workshop that emphasized on the historical perspective of women's education in India, focusing primarily in Bengal and Maharashtra. 

Sundarban Bijoynagar Disha has started sustainable digital literacy programme on 6 July 2018. Disha members will conduct computer learning sessions with local students and community members at Disha office in Sundarban. Classes will be arranged 10 days a month. This is a self-sufficient programme without any economic or technological support from outside the organisation.

Ebong Alap has started monthly gender sessions on issues identified by Disha members that need focused discussions. These sessions are being held with Disha members as well as a group of high school students we are trying to develop as peer leaders. The First session under this programme held on July 3, 2018 and focused on sexual harassment in public places.

Sundarban Bijoynagar Disha arranged unique Rakhi Bandhan ceremony with local school students, teachers, members of Disha and women from different communities at Sundarban.

Ebong Alap and Sundarban Bijayanagar Disha jointly conducted the First Inter Community Dialogue Workshop with women from three SGSY groups from Birajnagar Block in Sundarban on August 28, 2018. Participants were chosen from different communities across religions and castes with a vision towards exchanging thoughts and common realities. 

Tapasi Mondal, a dedicated worker from the grassroots and the secretary of Sundarban Bijaynagar Disha, an organisation working on gender discrimination, violence against women and early marriage in localities around Sundarban, has been awarded the Kutchina Krittika Fellowship to support her work against social and domestic violence against women in rural communities.

Our Blog Ekhon Alap has been awarded the Laadli Media Awards for gender sensitivity on September 14, 2018.

Ebong Alap and Point Of View collaborated in a workshop on Digital Safety and Internet security in Sundarban on 6,7 October

Ebong Alap organised a series of Inter community Dialogue workshops and a Bijaya Sammelani meet with SGSY group members in Sundarban

Ebong Alap along with Change Initiatives organised workshops with undergraduate students in STEM fields


Ebong Alap has started a three month programme on pluralism and harmony with support from National Foundation for India in Bali island, Sundarban. This programme started in December 2018 and will continue until March,2019.

West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights collaborated with Ebong Alap and Sundarban Bijoynagar Disha to conduct an one day workshop on adolescent physical and mental health in Sundarban with students from local schools.

Anita Agnihotri, retired civil servant and an eminent author shared her experience of travelling by the banks of river Mahanadi and meeting thousands of textile artisans and read aloud excerpts from her book Mahanadi.




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সাইকেল-আরোহী মেয়ে-বন্ধুটি তাই যেচে পাড়ার সব শিশুর থেকে সব রঙ মাখলো নিজের গায়ে, তবে আসল উদ্দেশ্য গোপন রেখেই। তল্লাটের সব বাচ্চাদের বালতি-বেলুন-পিচকিরি খাঁ খাঁ করছে যখন, তখন ছেলেটিকে ডেকে নিল সে, ক্যারিয়ারে চাপিয়ে তাকে পৌঁছে দিল মসজিদে। ধোপদুরস্ত মুসলমান শিশুটির গায়েও রঙ পড়বে, কিন্তু নামাজের পর, এমনটা জানিয়ে বিজ্ঞাপন শেষ হল৷ শিশুদের পৃথিবীতে দ্বেষ নেই, হিংসা নেই- এই ফিল গুড ফ্যাক্টর ক্রেতাদের মুগ্ধ করল৷ তবে, বিজ্ঞাপনটি আরও একটি ক্ষেত্রে সুনিপুণ ভাবে খেলা করে গেছে, যা অনালোচিত৷ নারী-পুরুষের সমাজ-নির্দিষ্ট ভূমিকার অদল-বদল বা ‘রোল রিভার্সাল’ এই বিজ্ঞাপনের আরেকটি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ দিক। মেয়েটি এখানে ত্রাতার ভূমিকায় অবতীর্ণ হয়৷ ছেলেটির আনাগোনা ভীরু পদক্ষেপে৷ পিতৃতান্ত্রিক ন্যারেটিভে সচরাচর ঠিক এর উল্টোটা ঘটে। মেয়েটি ঢাল হয়ে দাঁড়ায় প্রার্থনায় ইচ্ছুক একটি ছেলের সামনে। তার বুদ্ধিপ্রয়োগ, ক্ষিপ্রতা এমনকি কথার ভঙ্গিতে ক্ষমতায়নের ভাষা সুস্পষ্ট। এমন দাপুটে ছোট মেয়েকে নারী-ক্ষমতায়নের স্বপ্ন-দেখা শহুরে ক্রেতার ভালো না বেসে উপায় নেই৷


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