Poster for Tomorrow organized a series of worldwide workshops in 2014 on the theme of Design for Human Rights: Balancing Genders. 
The goal is to promote democratic values and human rights awareness, with a special focus on promoting women's rights. The workshops opened with a debate on gender equality, led by specialists on the issue including psychologists, doctors, anthropologists and representatives from local NGOs. 
In India, the week long workshop was held in collaboration with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.The week was spent producing posters with the help of experienced designers in the social communication field from other parts of the world, and the workshop culminated in a public exhibition of the posters.

Workshop Facilitators:
Hervé Matine, Graphic Designer & Founder, Poster for Tomorrow, Paris
Eric Olivares Lira, eminent Illustrator & Poster Designer from Spain

In NID,the workshop was organised by Mr.Tarun Deep Girdher
Senior Faculty, Graphic Design & Head, Print Labs, Head, NID Publications
Indian women love borders...but only on their saris!
Our week long workshop started with talks on the notion of gender and sex, and how they are intricately woven with culture, politics, economics, religion and pop culture.

We tried to come up with hard hitting visuals which are unique to the Indian landscape 
Marriages are considered to be the sacred union of a man and a woman. Hindu Indian marriages have a distinct visual langue. Henna painted hands, bright red sindoor, wedding bangles, all of which are symbols of this ceremony.

However, not all such unions are treated as sacrosanct. 
Girls are often considered a liability and the custom of dowry commoditizes women.
There are no laws against marital rape and domestic abuse is common. In fact, Indian law considers forced sexual acts within a marriage as a crime, only if the wife is below 15 years of age.

This poster was made by applying henna onto a friends hand. I modified traditional henna patterns and drew them out, and it was applied by my batchmates Sonika Charkhwal and Ankita Mondal. 

Hindus celebrate their goddesses, they pray to them, they bow to them, they worship them.
There are temples of devis or goddesses that celebrate vaginas, fertility and menstruation, yet women are not allowed to enter temples while they are menstruating.

Menstruation, the monthly shedding of tissue, is something that half the world's population experiences. 
It is a normal human function, like digestion or circulation, yet women experience so much shaming and face restrictions on day-to-day activities while they are on their period.

(images used for the collages from google.com)

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