This one’s for all the single ladies: ‘Status Single’ celebrates singlehood among women

From its origins as a e-book, ‘Status Single With Shree’ by Sreemoyee Kundu is now a sequence of on-line conversations that includes inspirational women who defy conventions

Kamla Bhasin just isn’t too proud of the time period ‘single women’. How are we single, she asks, when we live with our mates or siblings, taking good care of our dad and mom or kids?

The developmental feminist-activist and poet was in dialog with Sreemoyee Piu Kundu to kick off the second season of Status Single with Shree, a sequence of on-line conversations round women with out companions, who’re an inspiration to the host. The first episode was aired on September 10 (World Suicide Prevention Day). Kamla herself had lived with a person with bipolar dysfunction, and spoke of her daughter who died by suicide in London.

Upcoming episodes on Sreemoyee’s Facebook web page, will function chats with LGBTQI and animal rights activist Mona Ambegaonkar and writer-poet Sreela Das Gupta; the latter represents the Diversity and Inclusion area at Tata Consultancy Services.

“Mona is raising a love child and is a single mom by choice. Her candidness about the place of middle-aged women actors in mainstream popular culture has led to many intense conversations,” says Sreemoyee. Sreela, whom she met at a CII summit, lives alone in Kolkata, defying stereotypes about individuals with disabilities.

Sreela Dasgupta

Sreela Dasgupta

The line up

  • September 20, 5.30 to 7 pm: Mona Ambegaonkar, Actor, activist
  • September 23, 6.30 to eight pm: Sreela Dasgupta, Diversity and social inclusion specialist
  • September 27, 5.30 to eight pm: Vinta Nanda, Filmmaker, author
  • Follow Status Single on Sreemoyee Kundu’s Facebook web page

Status Single began out as a e-book authored by Sreemoyee in 2018, and contains interviews with single women — single, divorced, widowed, separated and deserted — from throughout India.

“I myself had been discriminated against when it came to finding housing, and had been judged by gynaecologists,” says Sreemoyee, explaining the motive there must be a group of women selecting one another up.

Her divorced mates, she provides, had been rapidly pushed again into the courting world or ‘second shaadi’. Many saved their marital standing discreet in workplaces for worry of being judged or vilified. “While writing the book, Section 377 had not been read down yet. So I had also seen the angst among members of the LGBTQIA community who could not have legal partners. Plus, there were single women with disabilities who as it is are not considered a visible part of the society,” she says.

“After the book came out, I had many women reach out to me. Some had quit working because they had children, and now their marriages were floundering and they needed financial independence to afford lawyers and fight for child custody. Some were being cheated out of their inheritance by married siblings,” she provides.

With a Facebook and WhatsApp group in place, she hopes that Status Single will likely be a gathering floor for single women of all ages and communities; there are 74 million of them in India right now, she factors out.

With the lockdown, and the ensuing dangerous economic system with its paycuts and layoffs, the battle amplified. “Working women with disabilities were stuck at home without any caregiving facilities. Older single women whose children live abroad found themselves dependent on their security guards and kind-hearted neighbours,” she says. This led to her beginning the first season of Status Single with Shree with the format focussed on a distinct trigger every time: from entry to assist for single moms, to women entrepreneurs, and submit Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, on males, their psychological well being and the assumed position of women as caregivers.

“Back then I was getting invited to a lot of webinars and most of them encouraged fake positivity. I wanted to have a sustained dialogue that offered solutions,” she says.

The first season of Status Single with Shree began in March and continued fortnightly till August. The second, additionally comprising 10 episodes, is extra private. Will there be a 3rd season? “Somebody instructed I communicate with ‘Men who inspire me’. Now there’s a wave of feminist fathers (Thappad, Gunjan Saxena), so I’d try this.”

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