Rachel Bali is the 23 year old founder of a social start-up, KrantiKālī, that aims to bring about a gender revolution in India, no less. Bali is passionate about gender equity, making the gender discourse in India less elitist, and talks to SheThePeople.TV about the group's first project on Instagram, 'The Liminal Lens', and why talking about street sexual harassment is so important. With plans to involve more and more people, their amassing 1000 followers on Instagram in under 2 months, is clearly just the start.
Rachel Bali for SheThePeople.TV:
KrantiKali is a multi-platform, social start-up working toward the gender revolution.
We advocate gender equity and feminism through gender inclusive performance art, film, theatre and technnovation.
“KrantiKālī” is an amalgamation of 'Kranti’ which stands for ‘Krantikari’ (noun, Hindi):Revolutionary and ‘Kālī’ (noun, Hindi) The Hindu goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation and Preservation etc.
I’ve been working in the field of gender and development in the social sector since, college and am still quite passionate about it. It was only a matter of time before i would start off on my own and do my bit to further the discourse on gender rights currently in urban India but, hope to branch out to rural India as well.
KrantiKālī was born out of a sheer will to do my bit to further the gender discourse in India and to fill in certain gaps which kept gender issues from mainstreaming.
KrantiKālī: stands for ‘Krantikari’ (noun, Hindi) Revolutionary and ‘Kālī’ (noun, Hindi) The Hindu goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation and Preservation etc.
We aim to educate, spread awareness and generate discussions on gender equality.
Our work revolves around multiple projects such as:
The Liminal Lens, an Instagram handle capturing India’s discourse on gender.
SNAN i.e. Say No Accept No, is an online and offline campaign on gender sensitization in schools and colleges. An extension of this campaign includes addressing Sexual Harassment at the workplace through interactive workshops for corporates.
An upcoming crowd-sourced blog that promotes dialogue on gender and feminism.
At KrantiKālī we embrace a wide, inclusive and intersectional definition of feminism. We believe that a feminist is a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of all people regardless of their gender, skin colour, class, caste, sexual orientation and ability.
We want to get as many people talking as we can. We want conversations, discussions and debates. This includes people who are unsure of where they stand with respect to feminism, those who have biases, and especially those who have no clue about what feminism is.
One of our long term project goals is helping women and young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds attain and sustain economic empowerment and independent thinking.