In a bid to achieve the greater goal this International Women’s Week, IAGT- India, co-powered by Stayfree announced its Regional Edition, culminating in a three-day virtual finale summit, that started on 6th March 2021 and culminates on 8th March 2021. The platform, with a purpose, is bringing together the regional, national, and international influencers, artistes and creators in live interactions, panel discussions, virtual meet and greets discussing various subjects including body positivity, education, health, nutrition, fitness, self-love and adulting.
The Bangla regional panels witnessed esteemed names from all walks of life such as Alokananda Dasgupta, Kareema Barry, Nitasha Biswas, Ritabhari Chakraborty, Riya Sen, Srishti Guptaroy, Simrin Chopra and Priyam Saha participating in discussions.
During one of the discussions on Women in Media, Alokananda Dasgupta said, “I have never related gender with music. I have always ignored the male-dominated part. There are challenges in every field, there were challenges in my musical career too but I always worked without focusing on it too much. To learn in this industry, networking is important. One who is trying to start something in her field should always be alert not be scared of cliche judgements.”
Sharing her experiences, the Bengali actress and producer Ritabhari Chakraborty said, “It is a great initiative and I am so happy to see the association of so many incredible women in this initiative. More than age, it is the gender that faces problems. People always have lots to say about women – like the way they should dress, the way they should speak and how much they should speak. There is a certain line that is drawn for women and society is often uncomfortable with women who have crossed the line and stood their grounds with pride.”
She adds, “For instance when I started working at the age of 15, my colleagues bullied me because of my outspoken nature which made me realise later on that women with an opinion are neither appreciated nor welcomed. Now after so many years in the industry when I have started producing, besides acting and other things, people are judgemental and often question my credibility. This makes me question how seriously they are taking my job as a producer. However, nothing could and can deter me from standing my grounds. I have kept believing in myself and that indeed takes a lot of hard work and effort.”