Backdoors 2018

Amnesty International India
Bengaluru: 10 January 2018 9:52 pm

Amnesty International India is proud to collaborate with The Humming Tree to host Backdoors 2018 – a music festival with a cause!

Backdoors is a music festival that aims to entertain, educate and empower people. Backdoors is about keeping it simple and creating a space for great live music that can be appreciated in a climate that’s all about the music and the change we can bring about together. The theme for Backdoors 2018 is gender based violence.

Amnesty International India has an ongoing gender based violence programme, which has undertaken several campaigns over the years towards bringing an end to violence against women in the country. In 2017, research conducted by Amnesty International revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women. Women around the world have reported stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences.

Online violence and abuse against women can take many forms; it is an extension of offline violence and abuse against women. This year, we will be launching a rights campaign that aims to ensure that women in India can exercise their right to freedom of expression online, without the fear of violence and abuse.

We are collaborating with The Humming Tree to host two stand alone shows in Mumbai (14 February) and Bengaluru (17 February) featuring some of the biggest artists in the world standing up against gender based violence, including Grammy nominated performers like Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals,  Mahesh Raghunandan, Wolf Alice, Watsky, Danny Goffey, Prateek Kuhad, When Chai Met Toast and DIVINE.

We have previously collaborated with The Humming Tree to launch “Rumble”- a series of cross-cultural conversations about pressing human rights issues, bringing together art and activism.