Legal Awareness Workshop with Youth
“25 boys and girls (12 girls, 15 boys) from 4 block and 17 villages were sensitised about the consequences of committing certain sex-related legal offences. For example, we talked about how one can commit a serious offense under section 376 and 354 and the severe consequences of such crimes. Khatija, a well known advocate and activist, educated youth about stalking, ogling, anti-obscenity, and voyeurism. She decoded the nature of the crime as well as informed them of its constituencies.” They were also educated about protection of children from sexual offences law so that they can spread this awareness among young children.
7 Days Youth Leadership Workshop on Gender, Democracy and Citizenship
29 youth members from 18 villages expressed their opinion about their mission and vision during the 7 day youth leadership workshop on Gender, Democracy and Citizenship. They exchanged their views about social gender construction and masculinity. They also tried to analyse the social factors that support patriarchy. Sexuality and Citizenship was also a very new topic for the majority of the participants. They described sexuality by expressing words related to the body, behaviour and expressions. The final session on citizenship changed their opinions of caste, class, religion and citizenship. Newly added session on cyber literacy was very interesting for many of the participants.
By the end of the session Youth demonstrated an improved understanding of gender, cyber literacy, sexuality and citizenship as distinct through various exercises and discussions.
OBR Revolution 2015 launch on 14 Sept.
To increase the confidence of local girls and to break the silence on social taboos, a cricket match was organized at Patola ground in Khanyara. Ninety girls from eight villages played in this tournament; one hundred sixty other youth members from nine villages increased the morale of the girls during this tournament.
Social Involvement of Youth and responsibilities as a citizen
Thirty-five youth from Dharamshala and Rait Block participated in three-day residential workshop on Gender, Democracy, and Citizenship. This workshop was organized in order to break myths related to gender discrimination and male superiority in society.
Breaking taboos of Machoism
Anand from Samyak addressed youth about myths related to masculinity in an education workshop intended to condition young men’s conceptions of masculinity away from potentially harmful thoughts and behaviors. Twenty youth members and fifteen team members participated and increased their understanding of masculinity.
Building a equal violence free society
Kamla Bhasin educated youth on the effects that caste, class, and religion can have in the creation of barriers against positive social change. Thirty youth members participated in this workshop and learned strategies for bridging gaps between such discriminated social hierarchies.