Today, let’s focus on a very special woman: Aranya Johar @aranyajohar
She’s Indian, she’s 20, she’s a poet and she became in a few months the new face of feminism in India.
« A Brown Girl’s Guide to Gender » is a filmed performance that went viral in March last year (link in bio). Indeed, Aranya Johar participated in a poetry contest « Unerase Poetry » and in her poem, she tackles a lot of subjects that are taboo in India: virginity, menstruations and rape, among others. Miss Johar wants to break the stereotypes and taboos and she doesn’t hesitate to chock her audience to be heard. She wants that people start talking about all this issues.
Today, almost 2 years after this performance, Aranya Johar has a lot of support on social media. The digitalisation of her first performance brought the debate to a next level. Now, she’s invited at several events to speak about women’s issues in India, but other issues too. Most recently, she partnered up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Goals for her new piece, a video on education. She’s an activist, a feminist and her commitment seems limitless.
This young woman uses social media on a daily basis to spread the messages and lead the battles that are important to her.
Social media can have an impact on us but we can also use it to have an impact on the world.
Picture from #theasianage article « No taboo, only poetry », Basu D., 2017
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