26.9.16

Donate to Akeli Awaara Azaad


Thank you to all those who came out yesterday and made Akeli Awaara Azaad a success. We are trying to cover the cost of this event, but any donation, however big or small is much appreciated. 


Blank Noise is in the process of registering for our 80G, so the 80G certificates for any donation will be sent as soon as possible, but we will confirm the receipt of any donation immediately. Right now, Blank Noise is only able to accept donations within India. There are other ways you can be involved, financially, so please get in touch if you think of something else. 



You can find the budget list here


Details for Blank Noise account:

Bank Name: ICICI Bank Limited.
Account Name: Blank Noise
Blank Noise Account Number​
041105001534

IFSC CODE
ICIC0000411
Branch name : Yelahanka

If you would like to send us a cheque, please send it to:


Blank Noise
℅ Srishti Institute Of Art Design and Technology,
CA Site No, 16
Yelahanka New Town
Bangalore 560106
Karnataka
India

Thank you so much for supporting Blank Noise

24.9.16

#WalkAlone #INeverAskForIt credits

This event has been made possible with the force strength and support of various Action Heroes and allies including:

Annie Zaidi
Amrita Tripathi
Abhisikta Dasgupta
Atreyee Majumder
Eeshita Kapadia
Gayathri Rajarathinam
Lijya Perayil
Lisa Heissenberg
Jennifer Fatogun
Karuna Nundy
Sascha Hughes Caley
Satya Gummuluri
Sayali Patwardhan
Shreyasi Kar
Tamanna Jaisinghani
Vasundhara Myaning
Vira Mistry
Bidisha Das

Rajesh Umadevi Srinivas
Christy Raj



A big thank you also to the following:
Mr Swamy for translating english to kannada.
Vipin Bhati for sound recording the event.
Shubham - sound assistant to Vipin.
Seema Seth for printing and communication.
Renu and Shahrukh Mistry for their support.
Nita and Narinder Pal Singh
Ravindra Gutta
Anand and Kartik


Thank you to Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology for supporting Blank Noise


Delighted to share:
Uber Bangalore has Stepped in to support #WalkAlone!
To any #ActionHero in Bangalore who would like to take Uber back home, between 10 pm and 12 30 am, please give us a shout for a promo which gives you Rs.100 off per ride! Thanks Uber


Also delighted to share , Action Heroes in Bangalore will be fed


Thank you Goethe Institut for being a generous host, and also for the tasty snacks and tea after.


Thank you Gayathri and The Donut Baker for the donuts #ActionHeroes take along to the walk.


Action Heroes in Pune are also being fed. A big thank you to Mary's Bakery (also Lijya’s mum)for the cake!
* incase we missed you, please don't hesitate to spell it out.

Sunday 25th September






Is there somewhere in your city/ town/ district, you would like to walk alone in but have not?  
100 Action Heroes #WalkAlone

100 Action Heroes #WalkAlone on Sunday 25th September anytime between 8 pm and midnight. Action Heroes assert their right to live without warnings, to be free from fear. #WalkAlone to experience the night. Gaze at the stars. Stop to smell the night blooming flowers. Walk Alone. Together.

To #WalkAlone Onti Alemari Svatantra / Akeli Awaara Azaad  register here . Read Event faqs here

contact: 9886840612 / actionhero@blanknoise.org


* for those in Bangalore
Action Hero Dialogues : investigating warning, blame, fear, resistance at the Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan on Sunday 25th September 6: 45 pm. We would like to hear from you, especially in the context of your work with communities and hope can join in to co create this dialogue.

Do you remember the clothes you wore when you experienced sexual or gender based violence? Most women and girls across the world do.
To be raised in an environment that warns women and girls to “ be careful” , also translates as “ If you experienced violence, maybe you were not being careful enough. You ‘asked for it’”
There is no excuse for sexual or gender based violence. I Never Ask For It.

200 Action Hero testimonials as garments will be installed at Max Mueller Bhavan. You are invited to add your garment to it. Step in, shape the Action Hero Dialogues and add to building installation of I Never Ask For It testimonials.

I Never Ask For It is a five year public engagement, initiated and facilitated by Blank Noise to end victim blame by building testimonies of clothing ;individuals contribute the garment they wore when they experienced sexual or gender based violence. The garment is witness, memory and voice to the senders experience. In 2020, the ten thousand garments will be installed in sites of public significance.The mission is envisioned to be co created by citizens, communities and allies in Bangalore, India and globally.

Event #WalkAlone begins immediately after , Action Hero Dialogues at Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan


22.9.16

Registration Open: #AVeryDeliberateManel / Examining Suspicion



An invitation to men, boys, gents, all who identify as male to an open dialogue on violence against women, sexism, rape culture. This is a call to men, to take a step beyond solidarity and support.

#AVeryDeliberateManel series is being launched during #INeverAskForIt week.
In Session 1, Suspicion, we investigate warnings, blame, trust, fear.

Register and join the event.

If you wish to nominate someone for this panel, please email us at actionhero@blanknoise.org

A total of 21 men and 8 women will inform this dialogue on the 27th of September at Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan between 6-8 pm . Conversations will be audio recorded and made publicly available.

Action Heroes Across The Globe : Bring In I Never Ask For It Week, Walk Alone

100 ‘Action Heroes’ #WalkAlone:




Action Heroes assert their right to live without warnings, to be free from fear. #WalkAlone , experience the night. Gaze at the stars. Stop to smell the night blooming flowers. Walk Alone Together.

Is there a place in your city you would like to #WalkAlone? Where in your city would you like to do this? ( Is it a place you fear, desire, or is unknown to you?)
Between 8 pm- midnight
September 25th 2016
Be an Action Hero too!

Register here so we can map/ list/ connect #ActionHeroes  

Amplify the call for action. Share and tag.Reach out to your communities, friends and networks

email connect: actionhero@blanknoise.org

BANGALORE ACTION HEROES REPORT TO DUTY - IT'S I NEVER ASK FOR IT WEEK!

Hello Action Heroes!

Join in to bring the I Never Ask For It Week starting September 25, 2016.

Do you remember the clothes you wore when you experienced sexual or gender based violence? Most women and girls across the world do.

To be raised in an environment that warns women and girls to “ be careful” , also translates as

“ If you experienced violence, maybe you were not being careful enough. You ‘asked for it’”


We repeat.
There is no excuse for sexual or gender based violence.
I Never Ask For It.

You are invited to participate in Action Hero Dialogues , investigating warning, blame, fear, resistance at the Goethe Institute / Max Mueller Bhavan on Sunday 25th September 6: 45 pm.

I Never Ask For It is a five year public engagement, initiated and facilitated by Blank Noise to end victim blame by building testimonies of clothing ;individuals contribute the garment they wore when they experienced sexual or gender based violence. The garment is witness, memory and voice to the senders experience. In 2020, the ten thousand garments will be installed in sites of public significance.The mission is envisioned to be co created by citizens, communities and allies in Bangalore, India and globally.

200 Action Hero testimonials as garments will be installed at Max Mueller Bhavan. You are invited to add your garment to it. Step in, shape the Action Hero Dialogues and add to building installation of I Never Ask For It testimonials.



I Never Ask For It




100 Action Heroes #WalkAlone
Event begins after , Action Hero Dialogues at Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

100 Action Heroes in Bangalore and around the world #WalkAlone on Sunday 25th September between 8 pm and midnight. Action Heroes assert their right to live without warnings, to be free from fear. #WalkAlone , experience the night. Gaze at the stars. Stop to smell the night blooming flowers. Walk Alone Together.



Is there a part of Bangalore you would like to walk alone in but have not?
To #WalkAlone Onti Alemari Svatantra / Akeli Awaara Azaad  register here .

To #WalkAlone Onti Alemari Svatantra / Akeli Awaara Azaad  register here . Read event faqs here







1.9.16

Being Responsible. Your Turn.

Two Ola Cab Drivers have raped and murdered a twelve year old child in Kolkata. The girl was forced into the taxi by Shankar Shaw and Guddu Singh, where they took turns to rape her, following which they strangled her and threw her off the bridge. The child’s body was found in the canal.

Both the drivers were reported to be drunk and have said that they were out to have fun.
Both have been arrested.

Sickened, shocked, horrified.
This isn’t a first.

Ola sent in a statement
via ndtv source

"We are saddened by the reports of the alleged misbehaviour of a driver in Kolkata. On preliminary identification of the cab details shared by authorities, we have suspended the account associated with this cab with immediate effect. As per our records, this incident has not occurred while on the Ola platform. We will work with the authorities to share any information that will help support their investigation."

To All Taxi Companies,
To Whom It May Concern
To Ola

  1. What measures are you taking to ensure safety of  all women , girls, children, individuals? To place an emergency button is to say , “ we did our job”, and frankly that’s doing nothing, or help us understand what it is doing/ has done so far.
  2. Do you invest in training ? If yes, we would like to know more.
  3. Employ and invest in women drivers, ‘Action Hero Drivers’, not in pink taxis, not for women by women, but for all. Envision. Initiate. Empower.
  4. Own up to a lack of focus and responsibility in this territory beyond calling incidents of violence, rape and murder, as ‘saddening’ , and or ‘unfortunate’. This isn’t about one incident or three. This is about an attitudinal shift, systemic change. This is a long path. Commit to a collective vision for a safe and inclusive world. You have the potential to make immense contribution, if you can see it too.
  5. If business language is most easily heard, here goes: you lose out on women customers if they don’t trust your service.
Blank Noise Team