Empower Girls in India Through Sports

by CREA
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Empower Girls in India Through Sports
Yuva's socially distanced session at Jharkhand
Yuva's socially distanced session at Jharkhand

A community-based program led by CREA and co-implemented with five partners CBOs[1] in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

It is a matter of fact that the pandemic has hit us all in an unprecedented way, and the most marginalized in society are experiencing the impact of it even more severely. For over a decade, the It’s My Body program has worked towards advancing the sexual and reproductive rights of girls and young women, supporting them as they claim public spaces, gaining more mobility and movement as they engage with sports and other activities. The pandemic has affected this process of change and empowerment as well. 

The villages in India including where we work saw an influx of migrant workers returning from the cities as the pandemic hit and the health and other state systems have not been prepared to take the burden of this influx. Many marginalized communities continue to face a lot of discrimination and violence due to the stigma attached to the spread of coronavirus and particular communities through fake news circulating rampantly. As the girls we work with also come from these communities, they have been facing multiple layers of discrimination, violence, and control. Girls and women also do not have or have selected access to technology and the internet when the whole world is running online, therefore pushing them further away from information, engagement, and even pleasure. 

The trainers due to limited mobility have been in touch with all the girls through phone calls. Despite many challenges, they have been talking to them and helping them in these challenging times. Through the program, a buddy system has been started. The trainers take a check-in with some girls and these girls, further reach out to 5 more friends creating a network of check-in calls. This was done to ensure that as a community, the girls, trainers, and other trainers are there for each other especially to address the issue of Gender-Based Violence, Mental health, and wellbeing in these times. Continuing the work with stakeholders, the trainers also plan and support Frontline workers. They are engaging with leaders, Health Service Providers (HSPs), and workers who have the mobility to physically check-in with some girls who are facing a lot of Gender-Based Violence at home. 

“When will we play again? What about our education? Will we be promoted or will I have to repeat this year? How will we convince our parents if we have to repeat a year?” 
These are some questions which constantly come to our trainers from girls. It has been a struggle for girls to reach and continue their education and the pandemic seems to bring a very difficult time and many questions to their uncertain futures. Menstruation has been one of the major challenges with so much taboo around it and access to pads to even those who can afford to buy sanitary pads. With no time with friends and support systems, the girls also face violence as they navigate their lives in their personal lives. As they dress up or use mobile phones to call their friends or partners, they not only face taunts and violence from their family but even neighbors, labeling her as “the bad girl”. 

 However, the girls are also navigating to enjoy their right to pleasure rightfully. 

 “We decide to meet each other at the vegetable market or near the handpumps, we say at our homes that we are going to get some chores done or fetch water, plan and meet each other...” a girl described her plan to meet her friend as the control over them increases. 

 “Whenever we get the phone, we make funny videos and have fun!” said a girl from Jharkhand.

It is powerful to see the resilience of these young girls and women. Even in these difficult times, they navigate and try and look for multiple ways! That is probably what the program through its politics of making choices and having control over one’s life and agency has constantly emphasized on using sports as a medium which has proven to be a great tool. 

CREA and its partner organizations after the assessment of the COVID -19 situation in communities started engaging with the girls again using specially designed sessions on sports and perspective building. From July/August, IMB trainers started meeting with girls in physical spaces, in smaller groups, by taking all necessary precautions. The response of girls was extraordinary as they joined in huge numbers. Months of lockdown had made it difficult for girls to meet, talk to each other, express their thoughts, anxieties, and wishes. They also faced greater control and discrimination. Wanting to come out of their houses and experience freedom, they grabbed the opportunity to meet, play, talk to each other.       

[1]Lok Prerna Kendra, Hazaribagh and Chatra; Mahila Mukti Sansthan, Hazaribagh; Yuva, at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba; Sakar, from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh

Session at Lok Prerna Kendra, Jharkhand
Session at Lok Prerna Kendra, Jharkhand
Sakar's program at Uttar Pradesh
Sakar's program at Uttar Pradesh
Sakar's program at Bareilly
Sakar's program at Bareilly
Sports Session, Yuva
Sports Session, Yuva
Sakar's program at Uttar Pradesh
Sakar's program at Uttar Pradesh

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Gender and Technology at SELF

SELF academy has Gender and Technology as one of its themes. The theme interrogates the politics of gender, sexuality and technology, enables girls to understand access to tech, control and discrimination women and girls face through the technology or when it comes to using technology i.e. phone, social media and so on. Within this broader perspective the participants learn skills of computers, social media, self-expression, safety and security and explore the fun and pleasure of using technology. The concepts of choice and consent, importance of staying connected with others, developing online content, building self-confidence and understanding rights are the aspects SELF academy build during the 15 days of the training.

There is a huge gender gap when it comes to technology and there are a number of notions, taunts and norms that stereotype women and girls’ relationship with technology. A few examples are –

They will not be able to handle or learn to use technology, it’s enough if they are even able to make round Rotis (Bread)”,

“They are not interested in tech; they are not tech savvy”

“They will press wrong buttons and device will be stop working, mobile balance will be gone”

“They won’t be able to dial numbers on mobile”

Majority of women have grown up listening to one or the other of these from the people they interact most with. Of course, with some context specific variations. Through SELF academy, CREA has been able to shake this thinking by analysing the politics together with the girls.

Today, we all are going through a difficult phase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it is not the same for all, the most marginalized communities are also the most hit by the pandemic. With the spread of the coronavirus, the social inequalities are becoming more evident. It is impacting people especially women and girls in the most adverse ways; violence, abuse and burden of work has increased, they have restricted or no mobility, leading to limited or no social connection with others.  We all have been experiencing and reading about the increased mental health issues during the pandemic. The girls we work with are facing similar issues and challenges. A majority of them belong to the most marginalized communities including Tribal, Dalit, Other Backward Class (OBC) and Minority from states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in India. CREA has been working in these areas for more than a decade now, we have run 5 SELF Academies with more than 250 girls graduated so far. They have gone through a series of workshops on skills and leadership building during the academy including Sports, Gender and Technology, Grassroots Comics and Story-telling, Choice and Consent and Relationships are a few to mention.

A group of 45-50 young leaders located in different districts and villages across three states are emerging as the hope and energy especially during the pandemic. They are the ones who have access to phones and social media, and are using it to stay connected, coping with the situation, reaching out to others, sharing their thoughts, accessing information and having fun. Most of them use social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, TikTok and know how to do their privacy settings, create strong passwords to ensure privacy and security. They are making videos, taking photos, editing and sharing them on social media platforms and with each other through their phones. A few are also reaching out to those who do not have access to phones; others are attending zoom meetings with support from their organizations to understand issues that are relevant to their lives. They are taking part in the meetings organized by CREA’s partner organizations and listening to the mobile based campaign content on various aspects of gender and COVID-19. 

Natasha (Name changed), age 18 year, a coach from Jharkhand is using her phone to take pictures of girls playing, editing those to create motivating videos for girls to join sports.

One of the trainers shared – They had learnt about social media and using Facebook in particular during the SELF academy. Girls have become confident to use machines and explore other social media platforms like TikTok video. Understanding the politics of gender and tech during the academy has an important role to play. They have even stated negotiating for phones with their parents.  

Clearly, it is not about the ability of women and girls to learn technology or any new skill but, as the examples above establishes, it’s about the opportunity, resources, encouragement, non-judgemental space, equal treatment and realization of one’s rights. 

SELF academy has Gender and Technology as one of its themes. The theme interrogates the politics of gender, sexuality and technology, enables girls to understand access to tech, control and discrimination women and girls face through the technology or when it comes to using technology i.e. phone, social media and so on. Within this broader perspective the participants learn skills of computers, social media, self-expression, safety and security and explore the fun and pleasure of using technology. The concepts of choice and consent, importance of staying connected with others, developing online content, building self-confidence and understanding rights are the aspects SELF academy build during the 15 days of the training.

There is a huge gender gap when it comes to technology and there are a number of notions, taunts and norms that stereotype women and girls’ relationship with technology. A few examples are –

They will not be able to handle or learn to use technology, it’s enough if they are even able to make round Rotis (Bread)”,

“They are not interested in tech; they are not tech savvy”

“They will press wrong buttons and device will be stop working, mobile balance will be gone”

“They won’t be able to dial numbers on mobile”

Majority of women have grown up listening to one or the other of these from the people they interact most with. Of course, with some context specific variations. Through SELF academy, CREA has been able to shake this thinking by analysing the politics together with the girls.

Today, we all are going through a difficult phase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it is not the same for all, the most marginalized communities are also the most hit by the pandemic. With the spread of the coronavirus, the social inequalities are becoming more evident. It is impacting people especially women and girls in the most adverse ways; violence, abuse and burden of work has increased, they have restricted or no mobility, leading to limited or no social connection with others. We all have been experiencing and reading about the increased mental health issues during the pandemic. The girls we work with are facing similar issues and challenges. A majority of them belong to the most marginalized communities including Tribal, Dalit, Other Backward Class (OBC) and Minority from states such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in India. CREA has been working in these areas for more than a decade now, we have run 5 SELF Academies with more than 250 girls graduated so far. They have gone through a series of workshops on skills and leadership building during the academy including Sports, Gender and Technology, Grassroots Comics and Story-telling, Choice and Consent and Relationships are a few to mention.

A group of 45-50 young leaders located in different districts and villages across three states are emerging as the hope and energy especially during the pandemic. They are the ones who have access to phones and social media, and are using it to stay connected, coping with the situation, reaching out to others, sharing their thoughts, accessing information and having fun. Most of them use social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, TikTok and know how to do their privacy settings, create strong passwords to ensure privacy and security. They are making videos, taking photos, editing and sharing them on social media platforms and with each other through their phones. A few are also reaching out to those who do not have access to phones; others are attending zoom meetings with support from their organizations to understand issues that are relevant to their lives. They are taking part in the meetings organized by CREA’s partner organizations and listening to the mobile based campaign content on various aspects of gender and COVID-19.

Natasha (Name changed), age 18 year, a coach from Jharkhand is using her phone to take pictures of girls playing, editing those to create motivating videos for girls to join sports.

One of the trainers shared – They had learnt about social media and using Facebook in particular during the SELF academy. Girls have become confident to use machines and explore other social media platforms like TikTok video. Understanding the politics of gender and tech during the academy has an important role to play. They have even stated negotiating for phones with their parents.  

Clearly, it is not about the ability of women and girls to learn technology or any new skill but, as the examples above establishes, it’s about the opportunity, resources, encouragement, non-judgemental space, equal treatment and realization of one’s rights.

 

 

Gender and Technology at SELF
Gender and Technology at SELF
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                                       November 2019- January 2020

It’s My Body (IMB): Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls through Sports

We are realizing that we can speak and express. We can have opinions and we can put them out in front of people. At least, I have always obeyed whatever my parents and elders say. Now, I see the need to be critical, to not just, obey, but to question. It is not easy. But didi (IMB Program trainer) has explained to us about patriarchy and gender roles, it is true, we are discriminated against, as girls” said a 16-year-old participant of the IMB program in Jharkhand.

The participant has been a part of this batch of the IMB program from Chhatra, the field where our partner, Lok Prerna Kendra (LPK) co-implements the program. As the pace has picked up for curriculum-based sessions, many discussions, joy, and realizations have become a part of this journey of learning and unlearning.

 “Before this, we have rarely come together to just talk about our issues. We would not speak only. We did not know that we could engage and discuss this. It is new, we are learning,” said the same participant.

The program, especially through its curriculum-based sessions, also tries to create a space where girls understand their lives closely, connect with each other and co-create a safe space for themselves. The very act of speaking about your wants, needs, and desires becomes an act of courage when obeying and conforming to the ideas of. “the good girl” that is the norm.

With these sessions, the young girls and women are able to recognize patterns of violence, everyday functioning, and the impact of Patriarchy and gender roles in their lives. As they start recognizing gender-based discrimination in their lives, the unfair distribution of household work bothers most of the girls and young women. The girls are also identifying how their brothers go to private schools for education and they are sent to government schools where they are not cared about.

“The girls when they came, had to play football, they wouldn’t touch the ball. The ball would roll towards them and they would get aside, almost as if the ball was something explosive.  They would always have a dupatta covering their breasts; they felt restricted and could not run freely. After 4 months of the sessions and playing; now, look at them, they tie their dupatta firmly around their waists now; to play without any problems is their aim now. It is improving…,” said one of the trainer's from Lok Prerna Kendra.

In Jamshedpur, where the program is co-implemented by our partner organization YUVA, the girls were also able to identify some issues, which they put in front of the State Representatives. One group of girls, as they completed around 8 sessions, understood the need and importance of being exposed to and knowing new things. The girls wrote a letter to the authorities asking for a library in their village where they can access books, which will help them know more.

In another Interface meeting with the Self Help Group (SHG) representatives, Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) and Health Service Providers (HSPs), the girls raised the issue of having safer spaces for playing. This led to a discussion around the issue of substance abuse and its gendered nature in the meeting as in the playing space; some boys and young men were engaged in substance abuse. Due to this, the girls were not being allowed to play there by themselves.  The participants in the meetings decided to further, take this issue up and start conversations about it with other groups in the village.

Through this phase, we also aim to work with young women between the age group of 17-19 years, on building their leadership and advocacy skills. The work with this group has just started in the month of January. The sessions with these girls will also lead to the girls doing an action project in their villages as a collective. CREA believes in the role of collectives for powerful and sustainable change. Through the program, the idea is also to build these strong collectives of young girls and women in all the villages. The work with the 17-19 years old young women and girls is yet another element for furthering this belief.

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“It was so much fun! I loved running with so many people, I have never run like this; in such a big ground, under the sky. As I was running cool breeze also hit me on my face. I also talked to the girls from the other side of the village which we don’t otherwise do.” Said a 15 years old girl from a village in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. 

 She attended the first sports event, which was organized by YUVA, a community-based partner organization (CBOs) (Lok Prerna Kendra, Hazaribagh and Chatra; Mahila Mukti Sansthan , Hazaribagh; Yuva, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Varanasi; Sakar, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh)

with whom CREA co-implements the program in East Singbhum and Jamshedpur districts in Jharkhand. The event was organized to mobilize girls for the It’s My Body (IMB) program sessions. Around 30 other girls like her and their mothers joined for this event. This event was part of the process where CREA and its partner organizations are mobilizing and collectivizing girls for the sixth batch of the IMB program. 

YUVA is CREA’s newest partner organization in Jharkhand for the IMB program. YUVA’s work is majorly with the Adivasi (tribal) population of this area. These villages, where the IMB program has started with YUVA, are remote villages where people do not get the benefits of various government schemes and are often not aware of the rights, which protect them. 

The dominant communities exploit women and girls from these communities in multiple ways; sexually, socially and economically. This exploitation is based on not only their gender identity but also their community’s identity, which lies at the lowest ranks of the Indian Society. 

All of this increases restrictions on their access to various services related to health and well-being. Their socio-economic position due to the structured discrimination they face also results in interrupted education and early dropping out of schools especially in the case of the girls. 

With this context, we are looking forward to the participation of these girls in the IMB program as they reclaim spaces, assert their agency and exert greater control over their bodies, sexuality, health, reproduction, and lives. Through the IMB Program, CREA and YUVA together aim to challenge the unjust norms of gender and sexuality, especially through sports. 

In the field of work of our partner YUVA, one can observe that the willingness to learn, grow and ensure that their girls gain knowledge and information was a lot. The challenge is to ensure that the services and information about various aspects, which affect their life, reach them. 

Playing sports enables the girls to come out, play together in public spaces and challenge various social norms around gender and sexuality, which restrict their access to public spaces, health services, and greater mobility for all women. 

The aim is also to increase and strengthen their self-confidence among women and girls to question, resist, and speak up against the discrimination and violence they face. This would enable them to exert greater control over their bodies enabling them to make their own decisions. As these girls from the most marginalized sections grow, they take other people of their community forward; they are empowered and they will empower others. 

YUVA has been working with various communities around their livelihoods. It works around ensuring the reach of various livelihood based programs’ benefits of the government to the tribal communities. It has worked with women to form Self Help Groups for a sustainable income through the projects, which the SHGs take up as well as to collectives’ women for larger causes. YUVA has also developed the government schools in the remote villages in a way that the students are motivated to come to school and learn. YUVA actively uses football to advocate for the cause of gender justice. 

The enthusiasm and excitement, which the girls and their mothers are showing in these villages, is motivating for all of us. 

“I think we are going to learn about our bodies and our health, maybe we will know more about periods…and we will play also every time we meet! I want to know more about how my body has rights? What are the rights I have? Mera Sharir, Mera adhikar (My body, my rights; the name of the IMB program in Hindi) (She said the name aloud and wondered.) 

 -Participant (15 Years Old) before the first session of the IMB program 

In addition to YUVA, CREA will continue to work with its existing partners in U.P and Jharkhand - Mahila Mukti Sansthan in District Hazaribagh, Lok Prerna Kendra in District Chhatra from Jharkhand and SakarBareilly and Mahila Swarojgar Sanstha, Varanasi from Uttar Pradesh. 

We have kick-started the program, with an extensive Baseline study to map the existing attitudes, mind-sets, behaviour and practices in these communities towards sports, sexual health and rights, gender norms, mobility, desires and so on. A participative tool of social mapping was used to map the households, resources, and power in the villages. This process was an attempt to identify the most marginalized communities of the village. 

A few girls from the previous batches of the IMB program helped with the process of social mapping and baseline study. One such girl who was a part of the IMB program organized by our partner organization Sakar in Uttar Pradesh said, 

“I think I would want to work in a NGO and do social work! I enjoyed the process of doing the social mapping and helping the research team. I got to know so much more about my village”

As the baseline study ended, we also had our second training of trainers in New Delhi with 22 trainers from across all the partner organizations. The training focused on working with various groups from different marginalized identities. The training also did intensive sessions on mobilization and facilitation ideas for the trainers during the program. 

 Immediately after the Training of Trainers, the partner organizations started the curriculum-based sessions with the girls. 

CREA is also working towards digitizing its internal reporting systems and processes. With the partner organizations, CREA has been working to create a digital reporting template and an app to improve and increase the efficiency of monitoring and reporting at CREA.

In this phase of the program, to strengthen our leadership and advocacy components and improve the sustainability of the program, many new elements are being introduced. Some of these include leadership and advocacy training for the older girls, Action Projects led by the girls (17-19 years old), excursion trips to police stations, hospitals, fields of work of other partner organizations; we are aiming to look at the Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Freedom from wider lenses. 

The program has enrolled around 1400 girls between the age group of 12 to 19 years old across 40 villages of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Each partner organization has also identified 5 schools each with which they would be working. Elected Women Representatives, Health Service Providers and Female schoolteachers across these 40 villages have also been identified with whom the IMB Program will work. 

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                                            June 2019 – August 2019

 

It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls through Sports

A community-based program led by CREA and co-implemented with 5 partner CBOs[1] in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Who has access to public spaces?

What time one could access those spaces and what should they wear?

For what purposes one should go out and for whom these spaces are ‘safe’ spaces?

These are important questions one need to reflect and analyse to understand the access, control and the politics of public spaces. There are several norms, which limit women and girls to access public spaces and services freely. These norms reinforce that their primary place is inside the house; they do not need to go out, they must have someone accompany them, preferably a male and must have a reason to go out.

On the other hand, Men from the privileged social positions control, own and occupy the public spaces and very few norms of control, apply to them. They rather make these norms, which control the everyday lives of women and girls and their access to public spaces. These norms get further validation from the society, which reinstates the power of these norms and control by men over women’s lives and mobility. Therefore, when girls and women dare to go out, they are under constant gaze and surveillance. As women and girls break these norms, they are under a constant threat of violence.

 Reflecting and questioning these norms is one of the important aspects of CREA’s work with girls and young women. The ‘It’s My Body’ (IMB) program has been working in three states of Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from almost a decade now. One of the most important social norms, which it aims to work to change with thegirls, is about the access to public spaces. The program tries to do this by working with the girls to realise their agency. The right to go out, occupy, and reclaim public spaces, enjoy freedom, feel comfortable & confident about themselves without any fear in these spaces. The program uses sports to do this and work closely with girls’ collectives to increase their visibility in spaces, which are considered as spaces, which belong to men. Sports, especially football acts not just as a means to access the common playgrounds and space but also to challenge norms around gender, body and sexuality.

 In April 2019, CREA and its partners started the new phase of the IMB program. Five community based partner organizations co-implement the IMB program across five districts of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. To start the program in the community, CREA conducted the training of trainers (ToT) to do perspective building of the trainers to understand gender and sexuality with the intersection of caste, class, religion, disability. The aim was also to build an understanding of the politics and challenges of access to public spaces and services for people at the intersection of these multiple marginal identities especially in the changing socio-political situation of the country.

 Critically analysing the idea of public spaces and exploring some of the spaces in a comparatively new city was one of the activities conducted as part of a 5- day long training of trainers organized in July 2019. The activity helped everyone to reflect on the discrimination and control women and girls experience when they break gender norms, go out and access public spaces and services. The trainers were divided into different groups to do different tasks; a group had to buy condoms. One group had to go to the government liquor shop to enquire about the prices of beers, one group was asked to spend some time at a paan shop (small roadside shops), and another group was asked to enjoy and sing romantic songs loudly at the Railway station. The experiences of doing this were both thrilling and uncomfortable for participants and helped them critically reflect on the issues connected to the access and control of women and girls to these spaces.

 Groups of women going together and performing these tasks took people by surprise. People gave them those suspicious looks, some judged them and many did not respond to them when they asked for condoms, beer or a big paan (chewing leaf) or just sang loudly at the railway station. Almost all the participants said how they felt hesitant, conscious of the gaze in the beginning. Gradually, they collectively responded to the gaze by questioning them back or loudly talking to each other calling the people out. This also helped them to reflect on the public spaces as a space for controlling women and girls. One of the participants said –

“When we go out, loiter and enjoy in the public, they judge our characters. Women and girls are not given permission to enjoy in public. I ask why?”

 “Girls or women enjoying in public is taken as provocative behavior. It is the people’s perspectives which translates to violence when we access and use public spaces”.

Later in the discussion, everyone wondered if they would be able to do these tasks in spaces where people knew them (like their villages)? Is it necessary to be anonymous in order to access public spaces as women?

Adding to this discussion, a participant recalled her story from the time of CREA’s Count Me In! Campaign[2] in 2009 to 2012 in which a Truck yatra (travelling by a truck for campaign) was taken out. The participant was actively involved in yatra, she would organize and go to many villages and talk about gender based discrimination and violence of various forms. As the truck reached her village, she said she could not do the campaign there, as it was her marital home.

She said –

“This duppatta (Scarf) seems like a part of my body which I need to wear when I am in my village…especially when I was newly married to keep myself covered. Now, here in the ToT, it seems like a noose. The meanings and associations, and our idea of freedom keeps changing with changing times and spaces. I used to go for trainings to faraway places from my village but I could not gather the courage to drink tea at a tapri (little tea stall) outside my NGO office in my village. I would think what would my community and people at my marital home think?”

 Through the program, we try to reflect together, introspect and question, making the personal political. For change to take place, it is important to change the ways of seeing the world around us, to unlearn and relearn. CREA with its partners engages in this exhaustive process of social change through change in changing perspectives. Many such stories and narratives come up through the program as the girls realize that it is not just about them being able to access public spaces. It is to understand the larger politics of control of a woman’s sexuality to keep social structures like patriarchy and caste alive through various socio cultural norms. To question and challenge these deep-rooted structures is not easy at all, but to see the perspectives changing gives hope that the change is happening motivating all of us to keep working and not give up.

 

 [1]Lok Prerna Kendra, Hazaribagh and Chatra; Mahila Mukti Sansthan , Hazaribagh; Yuva, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand

Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Varanasi; Sakar, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M517ZwngoTg

SELF Academy, Exposure Visit, Training of Trainers
SELF Academy, Exposure Visit, Training of Trainers
Count Me In! Truck Yatra Pictorial Representation
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