Rituparna (they/she) is a queer rights activist, storyteller based out of Assam. Rituparna is the Founder & Director at Akam Foundation working on education & gender justice. She has been advocating for free, community libraries as feminist spaces ensuring right to read for all. She has been actively mobilising & organising the queer community in Assam with a focus on rural areas & small towns. Rituparna is instrumental in building Chandraprabha Saikiani Feminist Library & Resource Centre as a feminist action hub in Upper Assam.
Saturday 27 May
The Space between the Words: Stories from Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal
The panellists will explore the idea of occupying and using space — as a medium to tell stories, express ourselves, create solidarities and sustain ourselves as feminists, writers, artists, poets, and activists. Coming from vastly different backgrounds but often moving between different worlds — the urban and rural, capitalist and community-based, patriarchal and feminist, heteronormative and genderqueer, conflict and peace, the panel will try and address questions like: how do we use our existence and experience in these spaces, and the spaces in between, to write, reflect and move beyond binary identities?