We’re Off

We’re Off

Our bags are packed. We have our passports, journals, and sensible shoes. We’ve considered what questions we are bringing with us to India for our international learning exchange – and what we hope to learn and share. We’ve thought about how we’ll travel in order to take care of ourselves. We definitely know why we’re making this journey. And we have all prepared in our own ways, too.

Now, it’s time to head off – and let go of all those expectations. On this convening, we bring with us a mantra: “Anything is possible, and nothing is certain.” We will approach this trip as you would any other movement activity: we have planned as much as we can, and now we will improvise, improvise, improvise.

If all goes to plan, we will soon have the chance to learn about Gandhian philosophy from the woman charged with preserving his memory and legacy at Gandhi Smriti. We plan on breaking bread with women in Kolkata who established their own canteen and catering company in order to create a dignified and sustainable livelihood for themselves. We will engage with an activist theatre troupe and learn about Indian social justice movements – including the spontaneous outcry after the December 2012 Delhi gang rape – at the rally-grounds where thousands in India have hoisted banners and chanted for justice and peace.

All of this is possible, and so much more. Whatever we do during our time in India, we’ll tell you about it here, at On the Move. We will be posting regular updates over the next two weeks. You may not be boarding a plane right now to India – preparing yourself for the hours-long journey – but you can still come with us. We’d love to have you along for the ride! And, please, feel free to comment or ask questions on the blog or on our Facebook page.

Emily Napalo Cavanaugh
Emily Napalo Cavanaugh
Director of Operations
Move to End Violence

Emily Napalo Cavanaugh (She, Her, Hers) is the Director of Operations for Move to End Violence. With a background in women’s rights and reproductive health, Emily supports the program’s development, including convening design and materials production, and runs many of the operational aspects of Move to End Violence. Learn More

Comments are closed.

Find Articles