Gaurang Raval, Ahmedabad: Over the last eight years, Gaurang has been involved with peace promotion and conflict transformation using a variety of communication media and the arts. He seeks to sensitize young people towards social justice issues, particularly communalism, and encourage them to take actions as socially responsible citizens. He has exclusively used films for conflict transformation by setting up film clubs at 26 educational institutes of Ahmedabad and organizing 19 film festivals on peace. He uses Mime Theatre as a means of enabling students to express their views on conflict, peace, and other social issues.
During his fellowship period, Gaurang will be focusing on sensitizing youth from a variety of social backgrounds in Ahmedabad towards communalism and jointly devising strategies to revisit and reclaim the city's once syncretic culture and community spaces.
Follow Gaurang's work at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Space-Ahmedabad/170580676353287
Shirin Juwaley, Mumbai: Shirin, herself an acid-attack survivor, is the founder of Palash Foundation which addresses psycho-social rehabilitation and campaigns for livelihoods for people with disfigurement. With a Masters in Development & Human Rights, Shirin has 8 years of experience in communication and marketing for the NGO sector.
With the Open Space fellowship, Shirin and student volunteers will try to understand the impact of disfigurement on men, women and adolescents. They will conduct sensitisation workshops and document narratives using the mediums of photography, writing and audio/video media.
Follow Shirin's work at: http://doilooknormal.blogspot.com