“The workshop inspired, motivated and challenged me. There was lot of learning around gender and gender based violence. I want to conduct same workshops in my community"
About Synergy Sansthan, Harda:- Waseem
“After the session on gender based violence, I was able to learn and gain more clarity about the learnt various forms of violence that exist. I have been witness to various instances of violence before, but now I will also be able to see the real reason behind it and how deep it goes; I will also try to see and challenge the reasons or stereotypes behind the same"
About Sathiya:- Rahul
Sathiya works in livelihood and skill enhancement for women and youth in rural Madhya Pradesh, via organizing them in small groups/federations and linking them with the state’s schemes and policies for their development. Apart from livelihoods, they also focus on developing the leadership of women and youth in local self-governance, gender sensitization and health programs.
How will Pratiti help Sathiya?:
Our 3 participants occupy different roles within Sathiya, working across the regions of Bhopal and Betul. Their work primarily involves interacting with women SHGs and collectives, while initiating conversations within communities around the bamboo cultivation the women are engaged in, fundamental rights and literacy. Pratiti intends to strengthen Sathiya’s gender work within these communities and reach out to the various women groups Sathiya is working with, to facilitate the creation of a more gender-aware mindset.
"I have always seen gender through the lens of science, but now I am able to clearly understand the difference between sex and gender; now that I have come to know about gender based violence, my lens has changed. What I liked most about the workshop was the interesting way in which it built our energies through games and then tapped it to make us understand the difficult concepts of gender in an easier way"
"Earlier I used to feel that gender is a very complex phenomenon, but through fun activities and discussion, I found it easier to understand it. The concept was explained easily and deeply in the workshop. A number of ideas are coming to my mind; I don’t know how many ideas I will be able to work on in the coming 4 months, but I am sure I will be incorporating these ideas into my life"
"I used to think a lot about the gender based violence that happened to me, but after being able to write about it, I am feeling lighter. It used to run through my heart and brain all the time, but now it feels better know how to write and let go of that emotion"
"I was able to listen to everyone, but for the first time I could hear myself too. I will include my learning from here into the trainings I give so people can safely share their emotions there as well and allow us to process it better. I am able to better understand how the differences in power at different levels leads to violence and am able to clearly see the gender differences existing at different levels"
“I used to feel that dowry, rapes, fights are all the different things that come under violence, but now I have come to know that how various roles assigned unknowingly/knowingly to men and women by society also comes under violence. I understand now that violence is not just physical, it can also be emotional and psychological”
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