Jun 20, 2019

Understanding the Gender Divide

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

As another wave of Feminism hits the world, it was time for us to discuss "The Gender Divide" with adolescent boys and girls from our educational sponsorship programme. Why are girls treated as secondary children? Why are public places gendered? In a country where where some women can become Presidents and Prime ministers, why there are many who still cannot even step out of their homes? 

IDEA’s sponsorship programme helps needy and deserving students by providing reimbursement of school/college fees, study materials, life skills sessions, exposure visit and career counselling. Recently, a workshop on Gender Equality was organized at IDEA. The resource person had students discuss in groups - a) Where do they see male female discrimination? b) Does that make any impact? And c) How this can be fixed? Post this a member from each group presented their understanding on these scenarios from their respective group.

Later, gauging the students’ understanding, on these issues, through the group activity the resource person extended the talk and explained further what is gender, how gender roles, which are actually non-biological, are reinforced, right from the birth, by people for boys and girls leading to women being discriminated, being treated unequally, being expected to veil their bodies and how all these issues rob them off equal opportunities and finally how all this impact us socially, economically, politically and many other ways.

A few interesting questions were raised by students. A boy asked, “Why there is common room for girls at school and colleges but not for boys?” “Having said that gender inequality hampers the growth and prosperity of the society”, one more question was raised by yet another student, “How come some patriarchal societies are able to prosper economically?” All these questions were answered satisfactory.

These questions in themselves are proofs of how the workshop was effective in terms of making students to think critically on gender issues which made the whole effort a successful attempt into engaging students in the right direction to understand the problem of gender inequality.

Many students, especially boys, expressed that gender inequality does exist which is based on discrimination and injustice. Hence working towards establishment of gender equality is very much desirable for not just growth and progress but also for creating an inclusive society.

Friends, please donate to this project so that we can end the Gender Divide!

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Jun 20, 2019

Self-defence is self-care!

Dear friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

Our self-care for women project is really getting popular with the women we serve. These women come from various underprivileged and marginalized communities who have had very little access to education and self-improvement opportunities.

Our skill development programmes is giving them a second chance in life to make use of their potential to become financially independent and socially empowered. In their communities social problems like alcoholism, domestic violence, harassment and mistreatment of women are common. These women silently suffer blaming their fate without knowing that there is easy legal and police recourse which is their constitutional right.

We met Police officer, Ms. Deepali  and requested her to conduct a session for our women to educate them about how they can take legal recourse and how police can help them when they are subjected to violence. Ms. Deepali  is a law graduate and a police officer so we were happy that our women were in safe hands.

She first spoke about the problems faced by women in the country and what different types of actions can women initiate to end that on their own level first. If that fails, women can register an FIR with the police. They can avail free legal advice too. She gave them important phone numbers of women’s safety organizations that they can approach if they are scared to go through it alone.

Slowly the women opened up to her and started discussing the problems that they are facing in their homes and communities. Ms. Deepali  counselled each woman and advised them regarding the course of action that they should be taking. One woman who was harassed by her in laws was very relieved to have finally shared her problems. She is in touch with madam who is guiding her further.

She also adviced women to take charge of their own selves, she said self-defence must be known to all women and we are discussing with her about how we can conduct some self-defence sessions for all our women. Self-defence is an important part of self-care. It is a woman’s right and it is our duty to ensure it.

Friends please donate to this project so that we can start self-defence sessions for women.

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Jun 20, 2019

SPONSORSHIP - A RAY OF HOPE!

Sandhya celebrating with her father
Sandhya celebrating with her father

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

Since the past 15 years, our educational sponsorship programme has transformed the lives of thousands of underprivileged students by helping them through monetary support (school and college fee) and non-monetary support (stationery, bags, life skill sessions and career counselling). Many of these children have gone on to complete their higher education, some have completed professional courses and many are working with good paying jobs.

For children coming from poor financial background, these career counselling sessions and exposure visits stimulate ambition in them which fuels them to work hard and push their limits. Recently the results of std. 10th and 12th Board exams were announced and we are so proud to tell you that more than 90% of our sponsored  children have successfully passed their exams. Today we want to share with you some success stories

SANDHYA eyes a career in Commerce

Sandhya came in to meet us excitedly to show her 10th Board exam result yesterday, her beaming father standing by her side, proud that his daughter overcame poor financial conditions and so many hardships to score 83% in her 10th std. Board exams. Coming from a financially poor background, her father always struggled to educate his children and used to be worried a lot. IDEA's sponsorship programme was a huge relief for the family and Sandhya could concentrate on her studies during the past crucial year. 

AARTI turns her life around

Aarti’s story is no less moving, few years back she was on the verge of dropping out of school as her family could not support her education. We can imagine the struggle a family goes through when the daughter has to think of giving up schooling so that her younger brother is able to continue schooling. IDEA sponsorship offered timely help by supporting her with school and then college fees, stationery and uniform. Today all her hard work paid off, this talented girl with dreams of becoming a civil servant has scored 83% in her 12th Board exams.

ABHIMANYU looking ahead with confidence

Abhimanyu has been with us since he was in std. 4th. A shy child at first, our various activities and exposure visits helped him open up. He tells us that Exposure visits to Science parks inspired him to take up Science in college. Career counselling sessions helped him know the different careers and their educational qualification requirements. He also tells us very honestly that the sessions on gender equality helped him understand the gender issue and this led to a huge behavioural change in him which was much appreciated by his mother and sister. With 76% in 10th Board exams, Abhimanyu is excited about starting a career in his beloved field - Science!

If not for Sponsorship, these children would have dropped out of school so friends please donate to our project to give a ray of hope to our many children!

 

Thanks a lot for supporting our project .

Aarti with her 12th std. Board results
Aarti with her 12th std. Board results
Abhimanyu collecting his school bag
Abhimanyu collecting his school bag

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