Dialogue on Adolescent Girls Initiatives
16 to 18 September 2019
Venue: TARA, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dear Friends and Partners,
Warm greetings from Jagori Grameen.
During the last decade, a large number of organizations have been working on the concerns of adolescent girls with a rights based approach - focusing on areas of gender equality and empowerment, breaking stereotypes, issues of sex and sexuality, menstrual and reproductive health, nutrition, safety against violence, self-assertion and decision making and above all, preparing them for leadership roles in the community as young citizens.
As we all know, gendered socialization of adolescent girls has denied them a voice for centuries, both within the home, in educational institutions, as well as the community. Addressing these and numerous related issues is an extremely challenging task which requires an in depth understanding, process oriented approach and innovative strategies.
In addition to working with adolescent girls, most of us have been interacting with their families, school teachers, peers (both boys and girls) as well as with the community at large. Each organization has made meaningful interventions, accumulated precious experience, has substantive accomplishments and success stories. There is a vast range of locally evolved relevant processes as well as inspiring multimedia material which has been compiled over a period of time. However, we have also addressed several challenges during this journey.
It is in this context that Jagori Grameen is proposing a three day dialouge with organizations for cross sharing, learning and building a constructive network. The objective is to create a platform for dialogue, to open up a space for deliberating on our achievements and challenges in a conducive environment.
As some of you know, Jagori Grameen (JG) is a feminist organization, working in 3 districts of Himachal Pradesh. Our major involvement is with communities that fall in the marginalized categories, with a special focus on women and adolescent girls. JG has been engaged with multiple constituency and themes. One of our major programmes, called AGAJ - (Aware Girls Action for Justice) is an engagement with adolescent girls’ collectives in about 100 villages across three districts of Himachal Pradesh. This programme focuses on the holistic growth of adolescent girls, especially concentrating on building their capacities to access their rights
The main objectives of the workshop are:
· Sharing experiences of working with adolescent girls Achievement and Challenges
· Sharing and exchanging best practices
· Indicators of empowerment
· Processes of Leadership Capacity Building of adolescent girls
· Sharing the content and design, processes of training, tools, written and multimedia material
· Future collaborations
We propose to organize a three day dialogue at TARA (Jagori Training and Research Academy), located in the beautiful Dhauladhar mountains at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh from 16 to 18 September, 2019.
We look forward to a positive response from you. Please nominate two senior members from your organization to join us. Do send us their names by 30th June, 2019.
On the 12th of January 2019 the AGAJ Team (Aware Girls Action for Justice) organized a cricket tournament for over a hundred girls in Shahpur. The day was a huge success!
The aim was to open the space for girls to play sports in order to rise their self-confidence and show that girls, just as boys, can equally participate in cricket and other outdoor activities. The girls who attended the tournament were taught about gender-based discrimination and fundamental rights besides the gripping cricket matches. It was pointed out that there will be no real equality as long as boys are still the only one’s allowed to play cricket outside their houses and girls are often restricted of being outside. Often the only time girls are allowed to leave the house is for their way to and from school. The tournament taught the girls to play cricket but moreover also showed them that they have equal rights to the boys. The girls participated with great energy and commitment and had lots of fun. The first and second place walked home not only with bright smiles and tired legs but also with new cricket sets to keep playing cricket in their villages and encourage other girls to join the cricket ground.