AGAJ – Aware Girls Action for Justice
AGAJ programme aims to build adolescent girls into confident human citizens and help them as fully confident young women with awareness of their rights and entitlement. In the recent years JG started intensive intervention by forming Kishori Samoohs (Adolescent girls collectives) in 30 villages. The primary focus is on their overall physical, mental, emotional development as well as increasing their participation in democratic decision making processes. Regular sessions are held on health, hygiene, nutrition needs of young girls and they are also made aware of their needs and responsibility towards sexual and reproductive health.
Under this programme, young girls are trained on life skills such as self defence trainings, self awareness, management skills and decision making abilities. Issues like experiences of gender discrimination, human rights and leadership skills are being discussed regularly during formal and informal interactions. Various events and workshops are organized to provide them a platform where they can explore their potentials and seek new horizons and change the stereotype. Yearly events include Ma-Beti Mela ( mother daughter fairs an event to strengthen their interpersonal relationship), Kishori-kishore Utsav (adolescent girls and boys fair - to lessen gender divide and gender discriminatory practices).It is hoped that such pilot projects can demonstrate to the government that a holistic approach to girls empowerment and well being can yield better result.