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    Conversation with Neetu | Inspirational Women's Rights Campaigner & Acid Attack Survivor

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    We would like to welcome you to listen to Neetu, an extraordinary woman who has overcome physical, psychological, social and cultural barriers to stand with other survivors in removing stigma associated with violence against women in india.  

    She is funny, playful and compelling.  Her energy is one that inspires others to see the beauty not the despair in life.
    Hers is a story of hope.

    We will be asking the tough questions, ones that will help our audiences to immerse themselves into her world and experience her hope.
    All funds raised through this event will enable Neetu to continue her work toward the prevention of violence aganist women.
    We would love you to join us for this very special conversation.
    Zoom link will be shared with all attendees one day before the event.
    Here is more about Neetu.
    Neetu grew up in the beautiful city of Agra, India, in a one room house just a few suburbs away from the iconic Taj Mahal. Her life was much like the daughters of many families in her neighbourhood until one night when her world got turned upside down. 

    At 1 am in the morning while she was peacefully sleeping next to her mum Geeta and her baby sister Krishna, Neetu’s father Inderjeet, maliciously poured acid over all three of them.  Geeta was badly injured, two-and a half year-old Neetu ended up severely scarred and completely blind, and baby Krishna tragically passed away. Neetu’s elder sister Rakhi escaped injury. 

    Defying all odds, Neetu has gone on to not only rebuild her life and chase her dreams but along with her mother Geeta is one of the original founding members of the much loved SHEROES HANGHOUT in Agra - a cafe solely run by survivors that attracts thousands of tourists from all around the world every year.

    A film by Australian Director Emma Macey-Storch about Neetu and her mothers life called “GEETA” recently premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and is set to screen in Australian cinemas later this year but in the mean-time Neetu has many plans and many collaborations on the go with Australian musicians, advocates and policy-makers and she wants to ask us all to “WAKE UP” to gender bias. Neetu is not what you would expect of a young woman battling poverty, dispossession, discrimination, pariahdom and patriarchy. She is vocal, she is funny, she is fearless and she lives her life in the urban slums of Agra with gusto, hope and an uncompromising determination to rewrite her own destiny. 

    Neetu is an original and inspiring voice for what it means to be a survivor of men’s violence and live the life of an activist. She speaks for what she thinks is required of us all to be part of the global movement of change.Undoubtedly this evening is a very special opportunity to meet Neetu as part of an intimate online gathering and hear her story followed by an in depth audience Q&A.

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