Special Olympics Bharat works with people with intellectual disabilities- the most vulnerable and probably the most abused and exploited. These young people specially girls and their families need training and counselling on sexual and reproductive health and behavior. This will help them identify and address exploitation as they travel, live, work and play.SO Bharat will work with experts to design and pilot a programme on sexual and reproductive health and behavior for 500 such girls in Delhi
Young girls and women with intellectual disabilities are the most vulnerable and the most exploited. There is also not enough intervention from their families on issues of sexual and reproductive health. There are practically no organisations working with this group either.The solution is thus to provide training and awarenss on issues of sexual and reproductive health, behaviour and hygiene for them. Families need to be involved too. This toolkit once designed and piloted can be used by others.
The project will create awareness and capacity on issues such as the self, the human body, sexual behaviour, reproductive health and hygiene etc. The girls will be able to identify any form of harrassment and be able to address it. they will have a basic knowledge of their bodies, reproductive health, hygiene and sexual behaviour. This is important as most of them are dependent on escorts and family members and we find incidents of abuse maximum among them. Most are unaware that this is exploita
This will probably be the first time such a pilot will be designed with focus on people with intellectual disabilities- 3% of the countrys population- almost 30 million. Such a toolkit once designed can be used my the other organisations, special schools etc working on similar issues. Though a slow process, the impact will be immense in terms of the number of girls who will be trained and equipped to deal with their own health , hygiene and personal security.
The website of the country programme
the website of the parent irganisationin the USA
The UN Soecial Rapporteur report