| Nov 25, 2019
Action for Equality Progress Update November 2019
Participants engaging with the mentors during AfE
We appreciate your continued support and contribution to ECF’s Action for Equality (AfE) programme committed to raising Gender Equitable Boys in Pune, India. It is because of this constant support that ECF now engages with 20 communities in Pune.
At ECF, between September 2019 - November 2019, we have launched Cycle 25 of our Foundation programme and Action Programme.
During this period:
AfE Foundation Programme (FP): Our AfE mentors mobilised and enrolled 160 participants across 19 communities in Pune. The final numbers will be shared in the next report.
AfE Action Programme (AP): A total of 159 participants were enrolled for the Action Programme from 20 communities in Pune. The final numbers will be shared in the next report.
Some programme highlights from during this period are:
A few important cycle updates from cycle 24 which was ongoing in the month of September and could not be shared in the previous report have been added here.
Action events for cycle 24: A total of 134 Foundation Programme (FP) and Leadership Programme (LP) participants actively took part in the action events. Participants conducted a debate to sensitise people around the topic of girls’ right to education. In their first action event they reached out to 167 community members across 20 communities. The LP participants enacted a street play on the topic of street sexual harassment. In most communities the participants were able to reach out to a large audience by reaching out to a group of religious members during the ganpati festival. These participants reached out to a total of 305 community members across 18 communities. This cycle also had a high participation of girls in focus group discussions and street plays increasing collaborative efforts towards gender equality.
Big Meet Greet (BMG) cycle 24: A total of 87 out of 104 participants attended the BMG for cycle 24. The theme of the event was ‘peer pressure’. We discussed how peer pressure can have positive and negative implications on an individual and how one should assertively say no to the negative forms of peer pressure. The participants related personal experiences and struggles with peer pressure and how some of them were able to stand up to it using skills of assertive communication that they had learnt during the Action for Equality programme sessions.
Focus group discussions with Girls: In this cycle we created a safe space for girls in the community to have conversations around their everyday problems that they face.The girls who participated shared and expressed the impact street sexual harassment, early marriage and forced drop-out has on their lives. This conversation motivated our participants to take action and spread awareness in the community.
Duration for the Leadership Programme: We have successfully completed cycle 24 with the 15 week intervention and we plan to continue with it further.
Addition and removal of communities: In Cycle 25 we will engage with 20 groups in 19 communities in Pune. In this cycle we will not be engaging with Vadgaon Budruk for the Foundation Programme due to low number of participants. On the other hand, we have created two groups in Ambedkar Nagar community due to high community interest and support.
Alumni Meet: A total of 14 AfE alumni attended the alumni meet. They shared that AfE programme played an important role in shaping them to become the individuals that they are today. Skills such as communication, leadership, and mobilisation skills learnt through the programme helped them in their personal and professional spheres. Since their graduation from AfE they have taken several individual actions including creating safe spaces for women at their workplace, taken actions against ragging in their college, spoken up on sex education in college and conducted menstrual hygiene campaigns for girls in the community. We are proud to share that our alumni have continued their journey towards becoming more gender-equitable and are actively contributing to change within the society.
Intensive Team Training (ITT): ECF conducted an Intensive Team Training on the theme of Sexuality and Identity. The objective of the ITT was to build the knowledge and skills of team members on issues and themes in gender and gender-based violence.
- This training took place from 14th - 17th October 2019. The sessions focussed on linking the conceptual understanding of sexuality with personal experiences of team members. Through conversations on intersectionality and dispelling myths around sexuality team members were able to reflect on the impact that the social norms have had upon them as individuals.
- During the other sessions such as ‘collective wisdom’ and ‘alumni voices’ the team members shared their experiences from the field and achievements from the cycle.
As of November 2019, with your support, ECF has been able to successfully reach out to and enrol 5,601 boys in the Action for Equality programme. A total of 3,224 adolescent boys have graduated and pledged to become allies with women and girls to support gender equality in their communities.
We thank you for your contribution and for supporting our mission to raise every boy in India to be gender-equitable.
Girls supporting participants during action event
Picture from the Alumni meet, 2019