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 | Jan 16, 2024
Empowering Voices Through SELF Academy: A Dive into Digital Storytelling

By Valleri Sharma | Manager, Programs and Innovation

Girls in SELF Session
Girls in SELF Session

The SELF Academy Experience

The SELF Academy, organized by CREA in August,2023 unfolded over 10 days in Delhi, focused on "Digital Storytelling." With 30 enthusiastic young women from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand, the sessions delved into crucial themes such as gender, sexuality, consent, and bodily autonomy. These engaging discussions covered power dynamics, gender-based violence, and digital storytelling skills. Notable sessions by Chambal Media, Haiyya, Nazariya, and Agents of Ishq empowered participants with diverse perspectives. The Academy had introduced English language skills and basic computer proficiency.

Beyond SELF Academy – Social Action Projects

  1. Post SELF Academy opened an opportunity for the participants to take up social action projects, fostering leadership and leveraging digital platforms for amplified voices within their communities. 
  2. Participants during follow up calls post the academy expressed their eagerness to contribute to partner organizations' events. 
  3. Post-SELF Academy, 4 participants from Jharkhand went back to their communities and initiated a project discussing online gender based violence in school. 
  4. 4 SELF Participants from the East Singhbhum, Potaka block, Jharkhand  organized themselves, and decided to take a session on Online gender based violence and ways to prevent and protect oneself while navigating the social media platforms. The session, led by SELF girls, involved activities learned during the Academy. The project aimed to foster leadership, amplify voices, and promote digital safety.Feedback received from the participants in the meeting show that they appreciated the knowledge shared by SELF girls. The hands-on session with their own phones was beneficial in helping them grasp how to adjust their privacy settings and use social media platforms securely.

Navigating the Digital Landscape – Challenges and Solutions:

  1. The objective of one of the sessions was to educate participants on using social media safely and securely.

During this discussion at the school, participants shared challenges faced in the digital world, emphasizing  the importance of responsible internet use. Sessions covered topics like online violence, consent on social media, and privacy settings. During the SELF Academy, the participants engaged in a unique activity where they passed a ball of wool to share their thoughts about the Internet. This activity created a visual network, symbolizing how the Internet connects us all, despite our diverse backgrounds. The SIMILAR activity was done by SELF girls in their workshop where they emphasized the importance of staying connected, especially in times of need. The ensuing discussion explored challenges on social media platforms, such as viral videos and hacked accounts, delving into the concept of consent online. Many participants shared their struggles with random calls, leading to discussions on blocking contacts.

  1. In meetings with women, girls, and stakeholders, a storytelling approach encouraged open sharing. A teacher bravely recounted her challenges commuting to school, facing harassment and fear of being followed. She overcame this ordeal by confiding in the school headmaster, emphasizing the need for a safe environment. 

Another participant shared the story of a disabled girl unaware of digital violence, experiencing anxiety from persistent calls. The fear of family misunderstanding added to her distress, highlighting the necessity for digital safety education and support mechanisms for individuals with disabilities. The discussions emphasized that rather than fearing the internet or social media, individuals can learn to use them safely and securely for their enjoyment. During these conversations, SELF girls shared valuable insights on maintaining online privacy while browsing and uploading pictures on social media platforms. They stressed the importance of having strong passwords, offering examples for social media accounts, and discussed privacy settings to protect profiles and stay discreet on platforms like WhatsApp. SELF girls conducted these informative sessions in schools, villages, and communities to reach a broader audience, providing effective guidance on using social media and addressing online violence.

Success story

Illustrating the impact, a story from a village session featured Pushpa* (name changed), a disabled girl from Sarjomdih village. Due to her physical disability, she rarely left her house and had few friends. The meetings organized by SELF girls became a source of joy, allowing her to express herself and learn. She disclosed her fear of the internet during one session, sharing her loneliness at home. Using her phone, she had started using WhatsApp, and the SELF girls taught her how to maintain privacy regarding her internet usage. Pushpa not only made friends through these interactions but also gained confidence. Despite the fear that her disability might lead her new friend to stop talking to her, the supportive environment of the meetings helped her navigate the internet responsibly and confidently, finding pleasure in her online activities.

Photographs : SELF girls engage in transformative activities within schools and their communities

Activity during SELF Session
Activity during SELF Session
Group Photo _ SELF Session
Group Photo _ SELF Session
Group work _ SELF Session
Group work _ SELF Session
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Location: New York - USA
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Project Leader:
Anuradha Chatterji
New York , New York United States

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