Akeli Awaara Azaa
अकेली आवारा आज़ाद On Her Own, Unapologetic, Free
What do the three words Akeli Awaara Azaad mean to women and girls across India and the world? What does it mean to be on your own, unapologetic and free? In what ways are each of us negotiating the given (and shifting) environments of patriarchy?#AkeliAwaaraAzaad invites lived interpretations to the three words, and invites women, girls, all persons, to unite in our pluralities. Akeli Awaara Azaad takes the form of t shirts and interpretations.
Akeli: I matter because I am me, alone, not because I am somebody’s sister or daughter or (someday, maybe, idk, idc) wife or mother. Awaara: I can wander off the path prescribed to women, drift away from what is accepted and closer to what is authentic. Azaad: I can push myself, every day, to break out of the cages built by gender, in which we all live. Hopefully by living that process publicly, including all its pains and confusions (menstrual cups and leg hair and rap lyrics and more), I can help some of you break your cages too.
My journey in finding/protecting my FREE FEARLESS FUN self amidst all things 'acceptable'. To be fearless while being sensitive. Fierce but gentle. To question things around me and to question myself. And to see vulnerability as a strength not weakness.....to experience and not avoid.
Because sometimes it's not about the way I look ......#AkeliAwaaraAzaad
Being Akeli does not mean being lonely. It means having the freedom to be unaccompanied, yet safe. Being Awaara does not mean being wayward. It means having the freedom to do what I like without the fear of violence and attack. Being Azaad is having the freedom to study, freedom to work, to travel, to take political stances, to make my voice heard. Remember, we didn't have to fight for the freedoms that we enjoy today. We are merely beneficiaries of past struggles. Let's remember to expand these rights for our daughters and younger sisters.
Hum Sab Akele * Hum Sab Eksaath
Each one of us is on her own *We are united
700 Action Sheroes across 92 towns, cities, towns, regions,11 countries, unite in celebration of being on our own, unapologetic, free. #AkeliAwaaraAzaad
In phase 2 of Akeli Awaara Azaad, Blank Noise invites women to articulate Akeli Awaara Azaad in different languages.
Thank you Akeli Awaara Azaads!
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Action Sheroes/ Theyroes/ Heroes, 2018; those who signed up to volunteer and intern at Blank Noise are responsible for the outcome of this campaign. We are grateful to the 2018 team of volunteers/ interns who worked hard to make this happen. They are: