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Read about the experience of Heena, a new intern at People for Parity working on measuring impact of the program on the lives of its participants, and sharing a few lines about how she felt at a recent workshop.

THE EXPERIENCE !

My organisation was conducting yet another workshop on something called- GENDER BASED VIOLENCE. This was something I never had an experience of , I was somewhere excited and somewhere little reluctant of giving away my Sunday. After having a hectic running test in my academy, I hurriedly dressed up myself for the event and went to catch an auto, I was still dreaming of the “ Good Nap”, I had taken otherwise. The very first person I met there was Rangoli (trust me she broke my stereotypical believe that mathematicians are NOT friendly ).

Firstly we started off with (which I perceived), a sort of an introduction round.., after which i was a little comfortable with the other 11 people who were like minded and had an interest in exploring this kind of space. Writing my GBV experiences on a sheet of paper, gave me sense of relief and i could notice myself digging and going deep in my life for the experiences I never thought were so relatable and were so immensely close to me. Working in groups, the playful activities, the lunch , the treasure hunts ,the laughs , in between all this there was a feeling of FREEDOM, which was everywhere in the room. Suddenly I looked at my watch and it was 6:30 pm, which left me amused and surprised, I never thought an activity , a workshop of this kind would take me so so into it. While, on the way back home.. I was somewhere proud of myself for sacrificing that SUNDAY SLEEP . . .!

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