A two day residential workshop at Jagori Tara centre on social gender construction and sexuality
A seventeen year old girl gave this statement in a two day residential workshop at Jagori Tara centre. 25 girls from 7 kishori groups participated in this workshop. Prarthana and Neelima from Nirantar tried to break the myths related to social gender construction and sexuality. All the girls were very enthusiastic by the end of two day session. Most of them said that we were not aware about gender discrimination and myths related to our body and we will work actively to break this stereo type.
Jagori Grameen conducted a three-day capacity building workshop
Freedom. Happiness. Fun. Courage. To be able to fly freely in the open sky. Trust. To be informed. To shine. To be unafraid. This is exactly what our young adolescent girls want to learn and understand. This is also exactly how they want to live their lives. To facilitate this, Jagori Grameen conducted a three-day capacity building workshop from 25th July 2015 to 27th July 2015 in which 57 adolescent girls from 13 Kishori Samoohs took part.
The workshop touched upon a wide range of topics and issues such as the SABLA Scheme, the meaning of SABLA, gender discrimination in the family and in society, patriarchy, violence against women, domestic violence, eve-teasing and harassment, sexual violence, dowry, caste and religion. An attempt was made to understand why is it that only women are oppressed under the caste system and religious institutions. The workshop was also interspersed with music, songs, fun and laughter. A trustworthy and safe environment was created in which the girls shared their joys and sorrows, their anger and their pain. Tears were shed – both by those who narrated their experiences as well as by those who listened to the stories shared by their friends. The workshop left the girls more determined to free themselves from all kinds of violence and oppression. It ended on an optimistic note where the girls took a firm vow to end gender violence and discrimination.
Young Women Breaking Silence
Peer leaders of AGAJ had an interaction with District programme officer Mr. Tilak Raj Acharya, who educated girls on health, menstruation, and life skills. Thirty-two girls from Rait block were taken to the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) office to learn about various programs introduced by the department.
Demanding social and personal security to eliminate violence against girls and women
To create a sound bond between police and laypeople, a group 32 girls were taken to the police station to increase awareness of legal rights and resources. Here, girls raised many insightful questions related to their protection.
Exploring different world
To increase these girls’ confidence, a short visit was organized to All India Radio, wherein Mr. Yograj demonstrated the recording and broadcasting process. The belief that they could pursue a career in and thereby raise community issues through radio broadcasting was invested in these girls through this visit.
Sexual harassment against girls is an ongoing concern. Familiar to many under the name “eve-teasing,” this violence continues to happen in schools, on the street, in buses, etc. Due to this alone, girls will often abandon their studies. In an attempt to build their initiative and self-confidence, the AGAZ program organized a six-day self-defense workshop for twenty-eight adolescent girls. In this workshop, the girls learned both how to defend themselves and understand their own self-importance. These adolescent girls took a decision to proclaim their self-respect by refusing to tolerate sexual harassment.
Festival for Adolescents (Kishori-Kishor Utsav)
On 21 September 2014, a festival for adolescent girls and boys was organized in Shahpur's 39 mile community centre. The purpose of the festival was to provide a stage for the performance of children’s talents where they may be seen and appreciated. Five hundred adolescent girls and boys participated in this festival, as part of which they played, sang, danced, etc. Educational stalls were also provided as sources of knowledge for the children allowing them to participate in learning about various issues, including (but not limited to) gender discrimination, violence against women, and organic farming. At the end of the festival, everyone marched from 39 mile to Shahpur mela ground in a rally against sex-selective abortion.