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

Update for Global Giving

December 2017-February 2018

 

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 12 partner CBOs* in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

During the period of December 2017 to February 2018 important activities took place towards further strengthening the programme as well as the girls of It’s My Body (IMB) programme. The following has been the highlights:

ü  New batch of girls (batch 5) joined the IMB programme

ü  Participation in 4th Annual Goals for Girls Summit 2018, New Delhi

 

New batch of girls (batch 5) joined the IMB programme – During this reporting period CREA and its partner organizations have added 1574 adolescent girls as batch 5 of the IMB programme. A comprehensive and systematic process of selection of girls by listing and collecting data (list of adolescent girls) from government run ICDS (Integrated Community Development Scheme) programme was done to ensure equal and fair representation of girls from all ages between 12-16 years, different caste and community and out of school girls.Out of the total number of 1574 girls 39% belongs to Scheduled Caste community, 52% belongs to OBC (Other Backward Classes), 6% girls are from Scheduled Tribe community and 4% belongs to the general category.

 

Participation in 4th Annual Goals for Girls[1] Leadership Summit (G4G) – 30 IMB girls from 10 partner organizations[2] across three states participated in the 4th annual Goals for Girls Summit from 2nd-6th January 2018 in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. It is an annual gathering of girls, coaches and organizations from across India as part of an exchange program with United States. A total of 280 girls, coaches and staff participated in the summit from 13 organizations across India. The objective of this summit is to build life skills and leadership skills of girls by using football to become agents of change in their own life as well as in their community.

 

Participation in the gathering provided IMB girls a rich learning experience. They interacted with girls from all over the country and from USA and participated in various dialogue and discussions around leadership. In addition to this they got training from coaches and professional athletes from the USA with a strong focus on leadership activities. As part of the summit they had friendly soccer match between all participating teams and developed their change projects.

 

Goals for Girls leadership summit focuses on building leadership skills through soccer, technical training and various leadership and team building activities. In this process all teams work on conceptualizing and developing their ‘change’ projects which they go back with and work during the period of next one year. IMB girls too worked on their project, it was on building awareness about gender inequality in their communities and schools in which the girls would be focusing on ensure girls in their own community and school gets an opportunity to play football. As these 30 girls have learned advance techniques and skills set during the event, they will be teachnig those with others girls aged 12-16 years in their respective community in the next one year. CREA will be working with the partners and the girls to update G4G on the progress. Along with the sport training they would also engage with the partner CBO in creating awareness about gender inequality and advocating for equal rights for girls among parents and other members in the community. As part of their project they proposed that they will share their learning from the summit with other girls by doing sessions on teamwork, leadership and communication with them. They confidently came forward to take the lead to train other girls for becoming more comfortable with their bodies while playing football.

“Most of the girls still don’t get opportunities for playing sports like football which are considered for boys. In our schools when we ask our teachers for football they don’t understand why we want to play football and not do drawing like other girls. It is strange for them but we want to create awareness so that they understand that girls can also play football and start encouraging girls to play football.” – IMB participants    

For many of the IMB girls playing in such a big stadium i.e. national level stadium for the first time was overwhelming initially, and their excitement converted into tremendous confidence to actively participate in the activities and matches at the summit. They very enthusiastically participated in each and every activity of the summit. It was awesome to see them interact and enjoy with other girls, although most of them did not know each other’s language it hardly made any difference for them to connect with other girls. IMB girls played with the total sporting spirit and reached the semi-finals of soccer matches;. In four days they played, learnt, laughed and enjoyed together; they made friends and stood out as leaders and strong team amongst others.

“Till now, we used to play at our villages only. We have reached here because of our hard work and confidence. We have reached till semi-finals; if we practice regularly we could even reach to the finals and win it.” – IMB participant from Jharkhand

 

*List of IMB partners:

 Bihar:

  • Akanksha Sewa Sadan, Muzaffarpur
  • Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur
  • Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna

 Jharkhand:

  • Mahila Mukti Sansthan , Hazaribagh 
  • Srijan Foundation, Hazaribagh 
  • Lok Prerna Kendra, Hazaribagh and Chatra
  • Nurture Trust, West Singhbhum

 Uttar Pradesh:

  • Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba
  • Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benares
  • Sakar, Bareilly
  • Sadbhavna Trust, Sanat Kada, Lucknow
  • Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch, Jhansi

 

 

[1] http://www.goalsforgirls.org/

[2]Akansha Seva Sadan, Muzaffarpur; Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur; Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna from Bihar

Mahila Mukti Sansthan, Hazaribagh; Srijan Foundation , Hazaribagh; Lok Prerna Kendra, Hazaribagh and Chatra; Nurture Trust, West Singhbhum from Jharkhand

Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba; Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benaras; Sakar, Bareilly from Uttar Pradesh


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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 12 partner CBOs* in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

During this period, a team of 7 girls (in age group of 16-22 years) from It’s My Body program (Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh) participated in a week-long event ‘Girls Play Girls Lead’, a football league festival organised by YFC[1] (Youth Football Club) from 11-18 November 2017 in Rurka Kalan, Punjab, India. This festival is a part of YFC’s annual EDU-League (Education-League) in Punjab, which is a combination of innovative sports and education initiative.

This football festival provided an opprotunity to these girls to participate in a great space for exchange of learnings. They played as a team for the first time, learnt new skills from other teams and coaches, represented CREA and partner organisations at the event, and confidently shared their understanding on the issues of sexulity, gender and rights. Though getting permission from their parents to participate in this event was still a huge challenge. The coach of the IMB football team (who was a participant in IMB programme and now is a coach and IMB trainer) was successful in convincing the parents.

“I had difficulty in convincing my parents for participating in the event. They think that I am shy and simple and innocent to travel to Punjab. But when the coach spoke to my parents and explained about the event and told them that other girls from Jharkhand are also travelling to Punjab, they got convinced that I will be safe and will manage….After reaching Delhi, Salma (coach) called my parents and they were relaxed after that.” – Kaushalya, participant from Jharkhand

As part of this festival, CREA had organised and facilitated a session with 150 girls on the issues of sexuality and gender to build their understanding on gender, discrimination and sports and we got an overwhelming response from the participants. IMB girls also observed that most of the organisations working with girls focus on increasing their skills on sports but they do not focus much on building their understanding on some of the crucial issues related to girl’s lives like gender, sexuality, consent and choice.

“They all are very good football players. But, they only play football. Don’t they have sessions on gender and other issues like we do? – Sanjana, Uttar Pradesh

The event also gave an opportunity to the IMB team to reflect on their skills to play football and realise that they need to practice more and also work on their team strategies. Although, they did not win in any match but they came back with great confidence and learning. Overall, it was a great learning and networking experience for CREA and the girls.

 

[1] http://yfcrurkakalan.org/

 

 

*List of IMB partners:

 

Bihar:

 

  • Akanksha Sewa Sadan, Muzaffarpur
  • Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur
  • Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna

 

 Jharkhand: 

 

 

 Uttar Pradesh:

 

  • Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba
  • Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benares
  • Sakar, Bareilly
  • Sadbhavna Trust, Sanat Kada, Lucknow
  • Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch, Jhansi

 

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Program Update

June 2017 - August 2017

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 12 partner CBOs* in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh).

The period of June to August 2017 has been a great learning period for CREA and its partner organisations. During this period, 1500 adolescent girls who became part of the It’s My Body programme last year, completed the 10 month-long curriculum based training. Since 2012, 7500 girls have completed the 10 month-long curriculum based training. During this period,  CREA had also organised the third SELF Academy for young girls from Uttar Pradesh. 

SELF Academy 2017 

SELF(Sports, Empowerment, Leadership and Freedom) Academy is a 10-day long residential program to enable young girls to be skilled, self-confident and self-reliant so that they can make their own decisions related to their bodies, health, career and lives. It is a residential leadership and skills-building academy for young girls that uses sports, art, media and technology to provide them an exposure to the non-conventional skills.

The Academy was organised from 1-10 July 2017 in Delhi by CREA and its four partner community-based organisations from Uttar Pradesh (Sakar, Bareilly; Mahila Swarozgar Samiti, Varanasi; Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba; and Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch, Jhansi). 39 young adolescent girls between the age group of 15-18 years from Uttar Pradesh attended this academy.

Obtaining consent and approval from the familiesof the girls who participated in the program was a necessary and very important step in this process. It was the first time that all 39 young girls who participated in the academy had travelled and stayed away from their homes for 10 days. The Academy was attended by girls from Muslim, Dalit, SC and ST communities in India. The participants shared this was the first time that they had stayed together with girls from all communities.

The Academy provided a dedicated space to directly engage and empower these girls, especially on traditionally difficult areas to address such as self-esteem, sexuality, gender, reproductive health, and women’s rights. It also provided a range of opportunities for skills and knowledge building that can help girls realise their aspirations and secure better opportunities to improve their lives such as sports (football); digital literacy and security; videography and film making; comics and writing; spoken English and communication; rural journalism; and theatre and storytelling. They conceptualised, shot films and developed comics on a range of issues like education, restriction on playing football, violence against women and girls, disability, health and sanitation.

“You can search anything on internet! I searched and saw my state and my district! I even searched the world’s biggest snake Anaconda! It was a huge snake!” – A participant from Sakar, Bareilly District expressed her excitement in the digital literacy class.

One of the highlights of the academy was the heritage walk to Qutub Minar. This walk was facilitated by Darwesh, a Delhi based organisation led by women. During this heritage walk the histrory of Qutab Minar was shared from a feminist perspective. It was an overwhelming experience for all the girls. 

All the sessions at this SELF academy were facilitated by young women. They acted as role models for the participants to get inspired and believe that if given the opportunity and support, women/girls can become experts even in their non-conventional roles.

The graduation ceremony of the academy was held on 10 July 2017. The closing ceremony was planned, organised, led and completely facilitated by the girls themselves. Local civil society organisations, adolescent girls from similar programmes, heads of the partner organisations attended the ceremony. The ceremony included football tournament, plays, speeches, exhibition of the comics and art created by the participants at the SELF Academy.

Way Forward

Follow up and long–term engagement: The experience of IMB has shown the importance of a long term engagament of girls - which has actually paved the way for SELF Academy. Therefore, a prolonged strategy of intervention needs to be strengthened for SELF Academy too to ensure that the learnings and experience of the academy is useful for the girls. CREA is exploring the possibility of designing a plan to develop and incorporate a mentoring program for a select cohort of young girl leaders in the SELF Academy which will ensure quality input in knowledge and skills-building, mentoring and leadership development over a long period of time.

 

*List of IMB partners:

Bihar: 

  • Akanksha Sewa Sadan, Muzaffarpur
  • Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur
  • Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna

Jharkhand: 

Uttar Pradesh: 

  • Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba
  • Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benares
  • Sakar, Bareilly
  • Sadbhavna Trust, Sanat Kada, Lucknow
  • Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch, Jhansi
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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 12 partner CBOs* in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Training of Female Football Coaches 

The period of March to May 2017 was rewarding for the programme as 36 girls from three states and 12 partner organisations attended a week long residential training that sought to build these girls as the first female football coaches in their communities.

Finding female coaches has been a challenge for the programme and so training of selected girls to become coaches is an additional strategy that has been added to the programme.

36 girls, (3 girls from every organisation) who had been through the curriculum based programme were purposively recruited for the coach’s training. While having female football coaches as a part of the programme meant greater ease in carrying out session activities, it also meant making the intervention more suitable , specific and sustainable to their local context. The female coaches will be positive role models for the adolescent girls who they will coach. This initiative will also empower the coaches to take up football in a more serious and constructive manner.

The training was designed keeping in mind the role that these girls would be playing and the challenges that they would face once they are back to their communities as coaches. Having been a part of the programme previously had exposed the girls to the idea of gender based discrimination and stereotyping that impacts their everyday life. Becoming coaches meant challenging norms that have persisted in their communities. 

The training focussed on the technical aspect of football and discussed concepts of power, patriarchy, body, bodily autonomy and inclusion through interaction and group work. The participants were asked to document their feelings and thoughts in the form of a visual diary. The visual diaries gave us an opportunity to see the change that this week-long training triggered in these young minds.

A girl expressed her wish to include girls with physical disabilities in the football training that she will be conducting.

“I am a coach. This is a girl. She doesn’t have an arm. If I am ever in this situation, I will not tell her to go away. I will teach her with the same love (that I have for other players).”

 

*List of IMB partners:

 

Bihar: 

  • Akanksha Sewa Sadan, Muzaffarpur
  • Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur
  • Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna

Jharkhand: 

Uttar Pradesh: 

  • Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba
  • Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benares
  • Sakar, Bareilly
  • Sadbhavna Trust, Sanat Kada, Lucknow
  • Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch, Jhansi
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SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar

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

(A community-based programme led by CREA and co-implemented with 12 partner CBOs* in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand)

The period of December 2016 to February 2017 was marked by important activities for adolescent girls and partner organisations of the It’s My Body (IMB) programme. Building on the process of review and reflection of the IMB programme, various activities were organised to further strengthen the programme. Major highlights of this period were:

  • The SELF Academy
  • New batch of girls (batch 4) added to the IMB programme
  • Sports camps

SELF Academy, 2016 - SELF which stands for Sports, Empowerment, Leadership and Freedom is a 10-day long residential leadership and skills-building academy for adolescent girls that uses sports, art, media and technology to help them realise their full potential. The second SELF Academy was organised by CREA from 1-11 December 2016 in Patna, Bihar. 44 girls and 3 trainers from partner CBOs (Gaurav Gramin, Aakanksha Sewa Sadan and Nari Nidhi) participated in this academy. The SELF Academy included courses in computer, football, film and media, art and dance. The idea behind using a variety of media was to not only introduce the girls to certain ‘skills’ but to also allow them to choose from various forms and languages of expression, and to eventually help them develop their own. These courses were designed with the faculty members to encourage and enable the participants to think, reflect and share their thoughts and opinions about issues related to their body, well being, desire, mobility and rights.

 “The film making class has been a wonderful experience. I had never even imagined I would get to hold a camera of this kind! After the class, I have gained confidence and I feel like I could be a filmmaker if I wanted to.” - Bhavna Mishra, Nari Nidhi, Bihar.

 “I had not touched a computer before this in my life even though I had seen it from afar. Just getting to use it felt surreal. I will go back and teach the girls in my village how to use it. My neighbour has a computer, which I could use for this.” - Ranju, Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Munch, Bihar

New batch of girls (batch 4) added to the IMB programme - During this reporting period, CREA and its 12 partner organisations have added 1583 adolescent girls (batch 4) to the IMB programme. Out of these 1583 girls, 197 girls are not enrolled in any form of formal education and 18 girls with disabilities. These 1583 girls will attend a ten-month long curriculum based training to build their knowledge, understanding and skills on issues of Gender, Sexuality and Rights, Life Skills and Leadership through sports.

Sports Camps with batch 4 of the IMB Programme - In December and January, CREA and its partner organisations from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar had organised 6 sports camps with 300 girls (of batch 4) of the IMB programme. Sports Camps were organised to strengthen the skills of adolescent girls on football and also increase the visibility of girls playing football in the village. As a part of the programme, the young girls, get continuous inputs, over a period of ten months, on playing football and technicalities related to the sport. In addition to these inputs, a three day sports coaching camp is organised in collaboration with each partner organisation wherein professional football coaches (from Soccer Foundation) travel to the villages and train a selective cohort of 40 girls on football. The first day of the camp aims at providing focused technical inputs to girls around playing football. An all-girls football tournament is organised on the third day of the camp. Participating in these camps has not only increased the confidence level of these young girls but by involving community members, it has resulted creating an enabling environment for these young girls. Some girls have now started thinking of pursuing sports as a career and they have expressed the desire to get professional training to play football.

*List of IMB partners:

Bihar:

  • Akanksha Sewa Sadan, Muzaffarpur
  • Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur
  • Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna

Jharkhand:

Uttar Pradesh:

  • Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba
  • Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benares
  • Sakar, Bareilly
  • Sadbhavna Trust, Sanat Kada, Lucknow
  • Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch, Jhansi
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
SELF Academy 2016, Patna, Bihar
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Sports Camp in Bihar
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Sports Camp, Jharkhand
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