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 | Nov 28, 2016
Program Update (September - November 2016)

By Anuradha Chatterji | Director, Resource Development

State-level Advocacy Event, Patna, Bihar
State-level Advocacy Event, Patna, Bihar

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.

(1 September 2016 - 30 November 2016)

The last quarter for September – November 2016 has been spent reviewing and reflecting the last phase of the It's My Body (IMB) program and planning for the next phase. By September 2016, CREA along with its partner organisations completed working directly with over 6000 adolescent girls in eight districts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Curriculum based training sessions on issues of gender, sexuality, bodily autonomy and other sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues have resulted in increased knowledge and understanding among adolescent girls.

I am a fat girl. People have always teased me about my body, my weight, my clothes and my style. When I joined the program, everyone said how can a fat girl play football. But, I didn’t give up. I stayed on. I practiced and today I want to tell everyone that I can play and do everything that others can and I am proud to be who I am”.Kishori Manch member from Jharkhand

Use of sports in these sessions has significantly contributed to increased self-confidence, mobility and improved access to public spaces for adolescent girls. Regular events and meetings with community stakeholders (health service providers, school teachers, families of girls enrolled in the program, Panchayat members and other community stakeholders) have enabled a supportive environment at homes, and communities leading to improved participation of girls in the program; to strengthened ability of girls to share, discuss and negotiate with family members on matters related to their education, mobility, relationships, marriage etc.; and their improved access to health centers.

“The traditional way of thinking has always allowed girls to move from their parent’s house to their husband’s house. There is no other public, outdoor space, purpose and need considered for girls and women to access and move freely in. This patriarchal mindset has been challenged by an outdoor sport like football”.  - Pooja, Head of Srijan Foundation, Jharkhand, Partner CBO.

However, lack of space to play football in some of the urban, peri urban areas where the programme is being implemented has remained a challenge. Sexuality remains a taboo topic at the community level and football is seen as a male domain, thus, inviting resistance from parents, families and other community members. If they do manage to cross that hurdle, neighbours and other community members often tease them and taunt them for playing, for being ‘masculine’, running around openly and for being ‘indecent’. Demand from adolescent girls has been created for health services however, lack supply of these services remains an issue (stock, trained providers, judgemental attitudes to deliver SRH services to unmarried girls). Regular meetings with health service providers (HSPs) have bridged the gap between them; partner CBOs and girls to approach higher authorities for providing the services and facilities.

On 8 and 26 September 2016, two state level events were organised in Ranchi and Patna respectively– Hamara Nazariya Hamari Awaaz (Our Perspectives, Our Voices)**: A state event on advancing sexual and reproductive health (SRH), Sports and Human Rights of Adolescent and Young Girls. These events were led and facilitated by over 150 girl leaders from the IMB program and attended by over 250 people from civil society, government officials and other civil society organisations. Issues of domestic violence, caste based violence; witch-hunt and sexual abuse were raised by the girls at these events. The girls also spoke about the lack of health services available for adolescent girls. Girls enrolled in the program at Gaurav Grameen Mahila Vikas Manch shared their experiences of being marginalised not just because of their gender but also because of their caste. The girls also shared that how every girl who is supported by her family somehow needs justification. Some people say that they’re raising their daughters like sons and this alienates the girls and makes them conscious of their gender. The girls should be encouraged to create an identity of their own without always dismissing them by citing their gender as the reason for that.

These state level events held in Lucknow (23 August), in Ranchi (8 September) and Patna (26 September) have allowed CREA and its partner organisations to reach out to other civil society organisations, networks and government officials. 

In addition to these events, CREA and its partner organisations held their quarterly review meeting from 16-18 November in Delhi. As part of the ongoing review and assessment, CREA completed the final round of Endline Survey for the IMB program in September 2016 with support from Nielsen. CREA is currently working on developing a comprehensive evaluation report on the IMB program based on the findings and data collected through the endline survey and through the narrative documentation of the evidence report.

The next phase of the IMB program has begun during this quarter, incorporating feedback, suggestions and assessment of the ongoing work through the various review exercises. CREA along with its partner organisations is currently working with the fourth batch of 1250 adolescent girls from eight districts of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

From 17-21 October, CREA team participated in the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Learning Exchange meeting organised by EMpower. The meeting brought together organisations working on SRHR issues with young people in South East Asia that are being supported by EMpower.

 

*List of IMB partners:

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

**Hamara Nazariya, Hamari Awaaz was conceptualised as a platform for the adolescent girls who have been a part of the ‘It’s My Body’ program to share their experiences. The daylong event sessions of panel discussions and audio-video presentations led by the girls themselves, where they shared their experience of understanding issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights mediated through playing football.

State-level Advocacy Event, Patna, Bihar
State-level Advocacy Event, Patna, Bihar
State-level Advocacy Event, Bihar, Patna
State-level Advocacy Event, Bihar, Patna
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event: Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event: Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event: Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event: Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
State-level Advocacy Event, Ranchi, Jharkhand
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