Organised by Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, the 'Protibade Naari, Protirodhe Naari' (Women in Resistance) mela at Triangular Park will have debates on topics like 'Homosexuality is a social evil', 'Enactment of law can prevent child marriage', discussion on child protection, the epidemic of depression as well as a conference followed by an open air presentation on 'Social Exclusion of Sex Worker'.
"Over 3,000 sex workers from all over India are expected to participate every day. The speakers on each topic of discussion are experts. It is not just a sensitization or social awareness drive. Neither is it a sex workers' convention. Women in general, and not just sex workers, are deprived of their basic rights. The rate of crime against women is directly linked with their lack of rights," said Bharati Dey, Durbar secretary. Apart from discussions, there will also be cultural programs.