We engage with women through various programs that include Gender and feminist leadership program for rural women, Kadam Milakar Chalna hoga for urban women and through the celebration of International Days like International Women’s day and 16 days of activism.
‘Gender, sexuality and Feminist leadership’ curriculum with women groups : This comprises of facets of knowledge building on the issues of gender, sexuality and reproductive health; building their capacity to understand gender based violence and recognizing the need to challenge GBV. This program also aims to engage women into feminist leadership by understanding their personal lives, capacities and bringing the idea of “self-help groups” to become self-reliant and build into empathetic leaders in their spheres of life.
Self-help groups, Binauli Block, Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh) : Sahas, for the first time collaborated with the Baghpat District Administration for the implementation of Gender, sexuality and feminist leadership curriculum wherein we engaged with 70 women from different self-help groups functional in Binauli block in the month of July’2017.
Self-help groups in Pilana Block, Baghpat : We engaged with 80 women from self-help groups in the two villages of Pilana block as part of our collaboration with the Baghpat District Administration for our second intervention in Novemeber’2017.
The intervention covered primarily three major objectives; first, knowledge building on concepts such as gender, sexuality and reproductive health; second, building their capacity to understand gender based violence and challenge the same and third, engaging the women into feminist leadership by understanding their personal selves, capacities and bringing the idea of “self-help groups” to become self-reliant and build into empathetic leaders in their spheres of life.
Kadam Mila Kar Chalna Hoga is an initiative at Sahas to create a women’s circle where they get safe sharing space to share, listen, and hear their stories of joy, sorrow, pain and dreams. We envision knowledge building of women on understanding gender and violence thereby, building their capacity to challenge gender based violence by supporting each other.
First event on International Women’s Day (8th March 2017) : We screened Film “Parched”, which attempts to start the dialogue on awareness and expression of women’s sexuality, followed by a dialogue and sharing pledges on “What is that one dream women see in their life from now on?”
Second event on 30th May 2017 : In the second event as part of Kadam Milakar Chalna Hoga, we screened film ‘Dor’ followed by a discussion on role of a women, gender based violence and how it can be challenged by supporting one’s own gender.
Third event on 30th June 2018 : With the horror of global poll by Thompson Reuters Foundation that states (2018) “India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence” and Government data showing that the reported cases of crime against women rose by 83 percent between 2007 and 2016, when there were four cases of rape reported every hour. All the triggering facts and figures accompanied by several cases of gender based violence being reported and being dealt in the courts put a huge question mark and demands strong intervention in terms of discourse in the current array of gender work.
With this challenge in hand, we hosted film screening of “Anarkali of Arah” directed by Avinash Das followed by discussion on “Women, gender based violence and consent”.
Fourth event on 8th March 2019 : To celebrate International Women’s day 2019, we organized a workshop to build understanding on gender and violence with the women residing in the Dwarka community which included teachers, homemakers and small time entrepreneurs. The event included debunking popular gender stereotypes, exploring dreams and how to seek support from police when you encounter domestic violence.