LOOM generates feminist stories through many workshops, personal discussions – both in written and oral formats and some digitalised. Since 2014, LOOM has organised multiple sessions on multi generational dialouges.
Feminist stories are unique actions, strategies and self- expression of feminist writers, and their lived experiences within private and domestic sphere, reinterpretation of gender roles, and friendship and feminist solidarity. The stories focus on putting women’s voices at the center of the story, challenging the concept of victimisation, and recognition of heterogeneity across caste, culture, gender, sexuality, disability among others.
Individual feminists are encouraged to collaborate in this project through nationwide announcement or through personal contacts and recommendations. Story tellers are selected on the basis of their engagement with the local community, feminist movement, and their participation in setting agenda for equality and freedom.
Feminist story telling writing workshop ( ma katha lekhchu) is a 6 months engagement divided into four stages where feminist writers go through a rigorous process of writing their own stories. The team consists of academics, feminist writers, and feminist editors. The stories are printed in a book format.
Feminist Oral history is a 2-3 hours of personal history telling session attended by Fellows and LOOM team with an individual feminist where listening and transcribing is given a priority. The complete transcribe is made available as text and in audio form.
Digital story telling is a 4 day workshop where stories are produced, stored and disseminated using digital media. Feminist access to technology, principles of the internet, and digital safety are covered.
LOOM adopts the following principles of feminist story telling:
Feminist Principles of research
Participatory – We partner with individuals and groups working at the community for equality and freedom. Decisions about how stories can be shared and constructed should be made by the community.
Narration of personal stories – will be encouraged without any manipulation.
Embrace diversity, and appreciate the differences – recognise the diversity of people, and how people choose to self- identity.
Informed Consent – Informed consent will be collected before story telling is conducted. Consent is central to sharing information with informed decision by the community.
Privacy and Confidentiality – will be maintained through out the process. Stories collected will be maintained in a database accessible to only to LOOM team.
Maintain a safe space: to ensure the discussion on the gendered power relations and issues that can be talked openly, what are the issues and what are the challenges that need to be addressed.
Recognising history of resistance and activism: will be a guiding principle while engaging with the community. Movements are built on resistance and activism that creates hope, and forges solidarity within themselves and with allies. Documenting activism will support in understanding challenging situation, but also strategies of co-creation, and co-building.
Acknowledge agency and knowledge: recognise community as agency with collective power – power to confront and challenge injustice and obstacles. Knowledge production is an assimilation of experiences, creativity, anger, outrage and hope. Here, the knowledge belongs to the community, and we are not documenters or researchers claiming the knowledge gained.