Capacity Building & Skill Development
- Capacity Building: is an Integrated Approach to Engage Young Men in Gender Equality and Violence Prevention: a series of training manuals developed for health educators, teachers and/or other professionals and volunteers who work with or want to work with young men. It promotes the positive aspects of masculinity, encourages men’s participation in sexual and reproductive health, promotes respect for sexual diversity and improves the understanding of the body and sexuality and engages young men in questioning violence against women and promotes their involvement as fathers and in care giving.OBJECTIVE : Altogether, the initiative has three major components:
- Workshops to engage young men in questioning rigid gender norms;
- Me in the world: Who is important to me?
- Understanding me, understanding others
- Men and women are equal but different
- I can do it different – me as a son, brother, husband, father
- My future story- how I want to make a difference as a father
- Community campaigns led by young men themselves to promote non-violent and gender equitable attitudes;
- Efforts to engage health and other community services;
Skill Development: This initiative envisages empowerment of marginalized women and youth for decent wages, social security, and elimination of middlemen through direct marketing of products. We involve young girls and boys in this program for imparting vocational and life skills to this important segment of society. It is not just a demand for better wages and work related condition but it is a demand for dignity and recognition of human rights of women workers. Woman empowerment is directly linked to economic independence. Hence, our aim is to provide a skill development landscape which is significant in poverty alleviation as it would provide livelihood opportunities to marginalized women. Every product purchased; empowers women economically.
PROJECT KANYA : A program fostering information, skills, and networks for adolescent girls in combination with community mobilization will yield the strongest, most consistent results.
- Need based assessment of the identified adolescent dropout girls; leading to vocational/ interpersonal/professional training
- “Back to School” program; open schooling, formal/informal school.
- Announcing and honouring “Ambassadors of Change” (girls who are role models for the community).
- Recruit young female graduates from the community and train them to be program leaders known as “Prahri”.
- Prahris will serve as teachers, role models, girl advocates and providers of moral support. They will become the critical link to girls, families and the KANYA Resource Team.
- “Samvaad”: a process of change among girls will also help gaining the support of brothers, fathers, mothers and community/religious leaders.
- Dialogue and narrative based communication.
- Life skills training to teach girls about health, nutrition, money, finance, legal awareness, communication, negotiation, decision-making and other relevant topic.
- Vocational and livelihoods skills training to equip girls for income generation activities.
- Sexual and reproductive health training (may be incorporated under life skills).
- Information, education, communication (IEC) campaigns—using various platforms—to convey messages about child marriage, schooling, rights, reproductive health and other topics.
- Mentoring and peer group training to youth leaders, adults, teachers, etc. to provide ongoing information and support to girls
- “Aangan” or forums and meetings that allow girls to meet, gather, connect and socialize outside the home.