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.
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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