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

Project Report | Mar 19, 2019
Tarana, a 19 year old advocate of women's rights

By Anuradha Chatterji | Director, Resource Development

 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.

“Women do not have information about their bodies, especially about the reproductive system and how it functions. Due to this lack of knowledge they often blame themselves for not reproducing a son. There are misconceptions around it and many women are blamed for not giving birth to a son and treated badly and denied their rights. I want to share my knowledge and information about our body with other women and girls. I want them to know about our rights as women. I want them to stand for themselves " – says Tarana (name changed), age 19.  

Tarana lives in a village of Jharkhand state in India. She was part of CREA’s It's My Body (IMB) programme and has also attended other leadership trainings. She is a good football player and provides sports coaching to other girls in her own and nearby villages. She also takes the lead to share her knowledge and learning with other women and girls from her community. She has emerged as a strong leader and an advocate for the rights of women and girls.  

"After becoming part of the program, i have gained confidence to speak and express my thoughts. I have started going to public spaces without fear. I even go to nearby villages to play with other girls, teach them and encourage them to attend meetings and events organized by Mahila Mukti Sansthan, Jharkhand. My parents have started supporting me, they are investing in my studies, they ask for my opinion on different important matters. They give me more value than my brother. People of my community know me; I have an identity of my own in my community." -  shares Tarana.  

On the occasion of International Women's Day on 8th March 2019, there  waas a community event organised in the village. Tarana was invited by CREA’s local partner organisation(Mahila Mukti Sansthan) to speak. Sheconfidentlyaddressed more than 200 people of her community from the stage including her mother and other women from her village. She talked about the rights of women and how they are often denied their rights. She was unhappy about an incident which took place in her community - of a man leaving first wife because  he balmed his first wife for not giving birth to a son and left her to go for a second marriage. Sharing this with people, Tarana raised questions of why women are always blamed and why do they not standup for their rights in such incidences. She talked about how the lack of knowledge and shame and stigma attached to women's bodies stops them for demanding for their rights. She made sketches to the people attending the event about how a fetus is determined to be a boy or girl and explained it through chromosomes. This she had learnt in one of the sessions of IMB. She shared with people that the sex of child is dependent on the man’s chromosome and women are not responsible for it. 

"Is it right to blame women for not giving birth to a son? Why always a woman is left by her husband and denied her rights when she is not even responsible for it? This is discrimination and all of us women and men need to change this thinking. We should obtain information and stop blaming ourselves and ask for our rights. We should also let the daughters study and become independent so that they could stand for their rights." – Tarana ends her speech by asking these important.

"When I was going back to my home, I heard a few women (who attended the event) talking about my speech and the information I had shared. They were discussing that they did not think about it until today. They also used to think that women are only responsible for giving birth to a son. They also did not know about the information which I had provided. It was new to them and has made them think about it. I was very happy that at least women have started thinking about it and was glad that i could share my knowledge with them."         

* Names of partners CBOs:

Bihar:

  1. Akanksha Sewa Sadan, Muzaffarpur
  2. Nari Nidhi, Muzaffarpur
  3. Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch, Patna

Jharkhand:

  1. Mahila Mukti Sansthan , Hazaribagh 
  2. Srijan Foundation, Hazaribagh 
  3. Lok Prerna Kendra, Hazaribagh and Chatra
  4. Nurture Trust, West Singhbhum

Uttar Pradesh:

  1. Gramonnati Sansthan, Mahoba
  2. Mahila Swarozgaar Samiti, Benares
  3. Sakar, Bareilly
  4. Sadbhavna Trust, Sanat Kada , Lucknow
  5. Veerangana Mahila Vikas Manch , Jhansi

 

 

 

 

 



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