Sky Social has worked with various stakeholders from Women and Child Development Department, Health Department and Rural Department along with conducting various training with stakeholders including ANMs, Doctors, Asha Workers, Anganwadi Supervisors and workers, SHGs, School Management Committee members and other front-line workers who are instrumental in implementing various government policies and schemes like ICDS, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Menstrual Hygiene Scheme, One-stop Centre Scheme.
Training with doctors, nurses and ANMs
Gender awareness in doctors, nurses and ANMs contributes to equity and equality in health and aims towards better health for all in the community. Gender sensitization of medical professionals helps them determine the threats and risks of a violence victim in a better way.
Gender is an essential determinant of social outcomes, including health. Besides, gender can be separated neither from biology nor from other social identifiers as ethnicity, culture, age or social economic class. Gender awareness means that health professionals have a gender- sensitive attitude as well as the knowledge of and insight in the full meaning of gender in health and illness. So through Sky Social’s gender sensitization training we ensure that medical professionals understand the importance of gender in their work and their personal lives and also have knowledge and awareness about laws and policies that can be very helpful for victims/survivors of violence and abuse.
Training with Anganwadi Supervisors and Workers
The training with the Anganwadi supervisors and workers was to improve the delivery of the services (supply side) and understand the sensitivity of the issues such as violence against women.
As anganwadi supervisors work closely with the women and girls in the community it is necessary for them to be sensitive towards issues related to violence. We educate them on various laws related to women like Domestic Violence Act, Sexual Harassment at Workplace act, and other laws that help women exercise their rights. We also provide them information with respect to helpline numbers and other legal provisions that are beneficial for them as well as the community.
The emphasis of our training is always on ensuring that stakeholders and frontline workers understands that gender sensitization will not only improve women’s conditions but also her position in the family and the community; involving greater decision making powers, right to a life free of violence and control over her bodily integrity and life, etc.
There is need to carefully examine that we are focusing: improving condition of health, education and other basic requirements. We follow a rights based approach because rights-based approaches are premised on strategies for political consciousness and empowerment and ensure that people claim their citizen rights and not fall prey to being beneficiaries.
Rights –based approaches enable women to assert their rights and become key drivers of their own development process. It enables a critical review of the dominant social and political system and enables women to challenge inherent hierarchal and patriarchal values. The goal is to enable women to access their meaningful power, capacities and enhance capabilities that are needed to change their own lives, improve their own communities and influence their own destinies
Training with School Management Committee Members
India has one of the highest populations in the world with over a billion people in the nation. It has the potential to become the most populated by 2050. Since women make up almost half the population, girls’ education should be key in the country’s future. However, India still struggles with keeping girls in school. India’s dropout rates for girls are as high as 57% by high school. A matter of this magnitude is stalling the country’s progress in working to become a fully developed nation.
The gender biases and discrimination which is based on patriarchal norms hampers girl’s education in so many ways. More women than ever are now enrolling in secondary school and even college. However, India’s dropout rates for girls remain high. One of the main reasons why is due to responsibilities of housework. Due to parents and even older siblings working, the household chores often fall solely on the daughters.
We conducted this Stakeholder Training with School Management Committee (SMC) members in Sehore and Astha under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. Around 450 School Management Committee members were a part of these training sessions. The aim of this training was to build capacities of school principals, teachers and parents to better implement the services under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. Through these trainings we addressed the root causes of gender discrimination and work on behavioural change of the society.
School principals, teachers and parents were able to implement the services under Beti Bacho Beti Padhao program in a better way. Through these training they understood the root causes of gender discrimination and reasons behind school dropout. We were able to reach out to 450 SMC members. Post the training they were able to recognise the discriminatory behaviour and address it through different means.