On Friday, 23rd September, 2011, Pradarsh drew the attention of the students to the discrimination against women in the religious sphere by screening the award winning documentary Praying In Her Own Voice.
Praying in Her Own Voice documents the courageous struggle of Women of the Wall for the right to wear prayer shawls and read aloud from a Torah scroll - acts which women are permitted to perform by Jewish religious law but the powerful Ultra Orthodox establishment in Israel opposes fiercely. The film follows the group during their services, hearings at the Supreme Court and violent confrontations with their Ultra Orthodox opponents. The story of Women of the Wall is a test case for the deprived status of women in Israeli public life. The film is an outcry protesting religious coercion and the violent silencing of women at the Western Wall, a national symbol and a public space, where there should be room for everyone. To see its trailer, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-xjZWX5rlE