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New Delhi, Delhi, India (NewsVoir) September 25, 2018---
. The film titled 'I Am Not Alone' aims to break the stigma and shame geared towards women when they choose to go for an abortion
.The launch and screening will take place at Anti Social, Hauz Khas in New Delhi on 27th September 2018
. The launch will be preceded by a panel discussion attended by key activists, healthcare providers and change makers
To mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, on 28th September, Love Matters, India first digital platform on sexual health, is launching a new campaign calling for support for women seeking abortion.
#IAmNotAlone - kya doge mera saath?
As part of the campaign, Love Matters is launching India's first 360/VR film on the issue of abortion, in Delhi on the 27th of September, 2018. The film 'I Am Not Alone' uses virtual reality medium to narrate the powerful story of Mehak - a young girl, who was not alone, when she made a decision to abort. The short film has been conceptualized, scripted and produced by Love Matters India and directed by Gayatri Parameswaran from NoWhereMedia.
The film, along with the campaign #IAmNotAlone - kya doge mera saath? is geared towards calling on partners, family members, friends, colleagues, doctors and media to support women when they take a decision to seek abortion and for women to step up and share their abortion experiences, enabling other women to take decision for their bodies, health and lives.
Abortion in India continues to be a stigmatised issue, often surrounded by shame, stigma, and silence at different levels - be it at personal, community, or institutional and structural level.
The shame and stigma about abortion in India also prevents women who have had an abortion and/or are seeking an abortion from speaking out openly about their experiences and inhibits people in their lives from coming forward and sharing their own experiences of helping and supporting women during this process, thus reinforcing the cycle of silence and stigma around abortion.
Speaking about the need for such a campaign, Vithika Yadav, Head of Love Matters India says, "At Love Matters India, we look at the issue of abortion in context of a woman's right to her own body. We spent a lot of time working on the concept of the film taking into account personal narratives of women who had undergone abortion. By staying away from the expected narrative of stigma and shame, the film charts a new, bold path, calling for conversations around abortion in India and across the world, that help generate support for women when they decide what's right for their bodies."
Sharing her experience while making the film, Director of the film, Gayatri Parameswaran said, "The film, 'I Am Not Alone' is a result of many conversations with women who have had abortions. It's about what they went through but it's also about what they would have liked to have happen. I hope the film helps us understand the needs of all women and can takes us forward in building a supporting environment for women seeking abortion."
"The film 'I Am Not Alone' gives me so much hope. I believe it can certainly help other people in understanding how they can contribute as a responsible society in letting women exercise their choices related to their bodies, especially safe abortion," said Kiran, the actor playing the protagonist.
The film is an effort to shatter the collective silence that exists around abortion, and scripts a fresh new narrative of building stronger and diverse support systems for women to be able to choose and access abortion, free of judgment, prejudice, and stigma.
Source: Love Matters
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