Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Sex Education

by KOLKATA SANVED
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Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Sex Education
Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Sex Education
Strengthening Adolescent Girls with Sex Education

Four Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights workshops for adolescent girls were completed between January 2022 and March 2022 at four different locations; Chitpore, Sickine and Khidirpore in Kolkata and Jonha in Jharkhand. Kolkata Sanved collaborated with three NGOs, Hope Kolkata Foundation, DIKSHA and Aahan Foundation to facilitate the above mentioned workshops. The workshops were facilitated with the youngsters with the aim of creating awareness on gender, sex, sexuality, safe sex, and safe and healthy relationships. A total of 69 youngsters participated in the workshops. The participants were mostly adolescent girls, however their overall age ranged from 11 to 20. The participants came from marginalized communities, residing in urban slums of Kolkata and tribal villages in Jharkhand. The workshop gave the participants an opportunity to discuss many taboo subjects like menstruation, sexual organs, sexuality, safe sex and romantic relationships and learn correct information about these topics which will help them to understand and look after their sexual and reproductive health. The workshops also gave the participants an understanding of gender, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. During the sessions the participants reflected on their own lives and questioned the existing gender norms and were sensitized about diverse gender identities and sexual orientation. The workshops received positive feedback from the participants who shared that they learnt many new things from the sessions and will share their knowledge with their peers. 

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Participants at khidirpore doing an activity on identifying safe space

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Participants at Jonha doing a body mapping exercise

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Online SRHR workshops have been facilitated in Angara, Jharkhand with the help of Aahan Foundation, an organization working with the Tribal community in that area. The workshop was facilitated with the objective of providing adolescent girls access to information on issues surrounding body awareness, sex, gender, menstruation, and sexually transmitted diseases. Through the workshop, Kolakata Sanved was able to reach out to 20 tribal girls in the age range of 12 to 21. The sessions were well received and gave the girls an opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion on issues that are otherwise considered taboo. The participants moved freely in the class and were able to connect the information shared with them to their daily lives.
At the end of the sessions the participants shared that they will share this information with others and  will try to have open conversations about their bodies and sex and saftey with their friends. Despite the challenges that accompany online sessions, overall the SRHR workshops were successful and received positive feedback from the participants and the care provider present at the session.
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In Spite of the challenges faced due to the ongoing Pandemic, Kolkata Sanved was able to overcome the limitations and conduct  Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR0 sessions with the  Tribal adolescent girls from the backward remote village of  Jharkhand in India, in collaboration with Aahan Foundation which works closely with the Tribal community. The participants were young tribal girls from 14 to 24 years of age from Angara Village near Ranchi, Jharkhand. The girls would come to the Community center for their online SRHR sessions conducted in the month of June & July (when the raging pandemic was under control), with 10 participants, keeping all covid protocols in mind.

The sessions focused on topics like body awareness, learning about body parts, differences between gender and gender stressors and also touched upon intersex and transgender issues. This was the 1st time SRHR was conducted in online mode. The DMT practitioners faced several challenges because of internet connectivity issues and power outages in the village. However through improvisation like shifting to WhatsApp video calls, home assignments etc the sessions were conducted successfully.

The facilitators found the participants to be inhibited in their expressiveness. They were also feeling shy and were not very vocal during the sessions. However as the sessions progressed the participants felt more comfortable.  A care provider from Aahan Foundation was present during the session. She observed the entire session and gave positive feedback in the end. She mentioned that even though she had taken classes with the participants before, she had never seen the girls speaking and participating this freely and she was pleased to see their transformation.

The session also involved learning about HIV, AIDS, how it spreads and the need for prevention and protection.

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In Spite of the challenges faced due to the ongoing Pandemic, Kolkata Sanved was able to overcome the limitations and conduct online sessions on Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)  with the Tribal adolescent girls from the backward remote village in Jharkhand in India, in collaboration with Aahan Foundation, which works closely with the Tribal community. 10 adolescent Tribal girls would come to the Community center for their online SRHR sessions conducted in the month of June & July (when the raging pandemic was under control), keeping all covid protocols in mind.

The sessions focused on topics like body awareness, learning about body parts, differences between gender and gender stressors and also touched upon intersex and transgender issues. This was the 1st time SRHR was conducted in online mode. The DMT practitioners faced several challenges because of internet connectivity issues and power outages in the village. However through improvisation like shifting to WhatsApp video calls, home assignments etc the sessions were conducted successfully. 

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KOLKATA SANVED

Location: KOLKATA, West Bengal - India
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Sohini Chakraborty
KOLKATA, West Bengal India
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