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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.

This is how I came about doing my first workshop at KKPS School, Sardana. Sardana is a small town close to Meerut. While Aditya already had a module for the workshop in mind, I prepped myself for my interaction with the children. I expected them to be less interactive than the Delhi kids and therefore braced myself for ice breaking activities to make them comfortable. However, to my surprise, it was as though all that they needed was a spark, and then, there was no stopping them.

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.

During our interaction we also came across certain issues and some appalling ground realities of our country. For example – Some girls were regularly eve teased on their way to school but could not report it to either the school authorities or their parents as that would mean that they would no longer be permitted to come to school and therefore no education.
After the session, we discussed these issues with the school authorities and how these situations could be dealt with. Hopefully, some of these children will also take charge of things and be the change makers, while we , at People for Parity will try and facilitate that.

Overall, it was an enriching experience to interact with these children – young, bright and enthusiastic. They instilled in me a ray of hope – that of a better tomorrow.Image

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