Gender equality takes centre ramp at IRW 2016

Gender equality takes centre ramp at IRW 2016

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-04-18 17:51 New Delhi: Not only did actress Mandira Bedi and transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi walk the ramp for jewellery designer Akassh K Aggarwal on the second day of India Runway Week 2016, but they also brought a social message of gender equality and sensitisation. Talking about his 'Coeur Collection,' the Delhi-based designer said, "The recent collection was about gender equality. These are ornaments, but if you take punga, these can really become a weapon. So is the identity of a woman. Let her be quite and sublime and in herself, but the moment you take a punga, then you are worth it." Pointing out the need to address gender equality issues, Akassh said, "The topic of third gender is very important. Today, we have a government, which has an absolute majority. But the government is neither bringing a women's bill nor is it talking about the third gender. This is the right time for the government to take actions." He added, "We thought if two genders, which have been pacified, come together as a power, fighting off the male dominance gets very quick." Being a fashion designer herself, Mandira branded Akassh's collection as "very statement and beautiful." "Akassh's pieces that I saw on the ramp were statement pieces. I think sometimes you can wear simple clothes and completely change your entire appearance with the jewelleries and that's the kind of jewellery Akassh designs," said the 44-year-old actress. She added, "I think gender equality is about equal opportunity. Fortunately, I come from a family, where my brother and I were treated equals. We saw the respect my father had for my mother. And I think that's where it comes from. It starts from families." Laxmi, who is the first transgender person to represent Asia Pacific at the UN, found the whole concept and theme of this fashion extravaganza, "beautiful." She said, "Akassh caught me on the street and convinced me to do the show. I agreed because of the concept, the theme and what it speaks about equality." Slamming policy makers and politicians for not caring about equality, Laxmi added, "There are no rights for women. Rights are with only few people who are educated or who want to play with the constitution or rights of the country. So the basic thing is creating space, whether it is fashion, jewellery or basic employment, access to education, healthcare." The sixth edition of the fashion gala, which began on 15th April and finished on 17th April at Thyagraj Stadium, featured 44 designers and their Summer Collections in combination of runway shows, presentations and special events. (ANI)