Blog about the workshop contributed by Anisha Garg, Volunteer Facilitator with People for Parity about her reasons for working on gender issues, and with PfP.
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What is gender sensitization? What does gender equality refer to? For some of us they are just fancy terms used everywhere, by the media, social activists, psychologists etc. For some, on the other hand, these are issues that stare our country in the face and need to be addressed with the growing number of rape and abuse cases.
As I see some of the strong, educated, independent modern day women being subject to mental, emotional and physical atrocities and they , being the “ideal”, “dutiful” wife/girlfriend/lover would not stand up for themselves, hoping for a miracle or a divine intervention of some sort, I would often wonder as to what makes these women so strong and yet so weak.
While I was still looking for my answers, I happened to meet Aditya, the founder of People For Parity. The philosophy of his organization being ” changing mindsets”, instantly catching my attention.
Even though there was very limited interaction between the boys and the girls at the school as they studied in different wings and were hardly familiar with each other, after a couple of ice breaking activities, they eased into the conversation without much effort. A lot of them expressed how both genders should be equally treated and that both, boys and girls, should be given the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities.