A Conversation with Ram Devineni, creator of Priya’s Shakti

Date: 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

HGSE Larsen Hall, Room 203

The idea to create “Priya’s Shakti” came after the horrible gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012. The incident caused an enormous outcry across India, particularly among young people — both female and male. Many people called for a cultural shift especially in terms of empowering women in modern society and challenging deep-rooted patriarchal views that affect both women and men. As a result, we created a new Indian “superhero” – Priya – who is a rape survivor with the capacity to inspire others and promote change. The comic book character was named a "gender equality champion" by UN Women and is now being funded by the World Bank. The second chapter, "Priya's Mirror" focuses on acid attacks.