Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
|Young boy reading in Sargara Basti RRC|
|Meeting at a RRC|
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
On Thursday and Friday July 14th and 15th, Vikalp led a two day health training in Jodhpur for community women. The women selected for the training were the Roshani Resource Center (located in ten bastis) facilitators. Facilitators each brought along a volunteer from their community so there were a total of 15-20 women at the training. The program covered the subjects of nutrition, sanitation/hygiene, skincare, and female sexual health.
Vikalp interns Shamyra Henderson and Tess Shiras, who are working with the organization for two months this summer, organized the training. Staff members Yaseen and Madhu helped facilitate the training, and two doctors attended the training from Vasundhara Hospital and Women’s Fertility Research Center. On day one, Doctor Priscilla, a dietician at Vasundhara hospital, spoke
on nutrition. The women were very engaged during the discussion, and asked many questions following Dr. Priscilla’s discussion. Dr. Priscilla spoke about the importance of maintaining a balanced diet and exercising, among other topics. On day two, Dr. Renu, a gynecologist at Vasundhara, spoke about proper hygiene and sexual health for women. During her discussion, Dr. Renu not only discussed the topics of female health with the women, but she also reminded the women about the importance of educating young girls and other women in their communities.
During the training, the women also participated in several
activities concerning proper sanitation and hygiene. These activities and games were designed to help them better understand the concepts and ideas that they had learned from the discussions on sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition. At the conclusion of the training, all of the participants received certificates congratulating them on the completion of the two-day training. All of the participants expressed that the training would not only be useful for them, but also to the members of their communities.
Friday, June 17, 2011
15 May 2011
In Jodhpur’s Jilaa district yesterday, Vikalp Sansthan in partnership with the Department of Women and Child Development held training for Protection Officers concerning the 2005 Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act (PWDA). The training, which was facilitated by Usha and Yogesh of Vikalp, had 40 attendees who were protection officers, advocates, police officers, judicial officials, media representatives, Mahila Suraksha Evan Salah Kendra counselors, social workers, and representatives from other NGOs working on this issue. During the training, there were four speakers who sat on a panel at different times to discuss the act and answer any questions the participants had. The speakers included Deputy Director of Women and Child Development, Secretary of Asha Botra Meera Sansthan, Up jila Parmukh Heera Lal Mundel, and Chief Justice Sri Mukesh.
The main topics discussed during this training were the parameters of PWDA, the roles and responsibilities of protection officers and other governmental officials under PWDA, and the process and timing of filing incident reports on behalf of victims in the courts. During the training a couple of other important issues were also raised. The first was that of having a shelter home for the women. Many of the attendees believed that a shelter home was needed for women who decided to take legal action, and were in need of a place to stay until there court case was decided. Other issues raised by the attendees were questions related to police responsibilities and duties under the act, and also how the judicial process worked.
At the end of workshop, all participants decided to create a committee in support of the shelter home proposal, and to also pressure officials at the district level and state level about the proposal. Another group of participants decided that they would conduct an analysis of all pending court cases under PWDA, and meet with the related judicial officials to discuss these cases. Lastly, the participants along with Vikalp Sansthan decided that they would advocate for the police to paste all Protection Officers’ names and numbers in all police stations, and create a pamphlet listing all Protection Officers’ names and numbers for distribution.
After the training’s conclusion, many participants expressed that the training was useful for them because they were able to ask questions about PWDA and their role as protection officers, and discuss the problems and challenges they have faced so far as public servants.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Vikalp’s Violence-Free Conflict Resolution Training at Chittor
May 21, 2011-May 23, 2011
For three days in Chittor, a forum on domestic violence against women and training on violence-free conflict resolution for males was held and facilitated by Vikalp staff. This discussion and training, which was held from May 21-23, had approximately thirty-five participants. The main goals of the training were to listen to the views and personal feelings of men regarding domestic violence, to discuss the impact of violence on women and society, and to develop solutions and techniques for anger management and violence-free conflict resolution.
Vikalp staff filled the three day training with many activities, exercises, and film screenings for the participants. Vikalp organized these activities seeking to make the men more aware of the effects of violence on women, and also the large degree of gender discrimination in society today. These activities called the men to not only consider the ways in which violence impacted their homes and society, but also to come up with solutions to end domestic violence and gender discrimination against women. At the conclusion of the three-day training, Vikalp staff asked the men to plan how they would deliver the message and ideas of the training back to their communities. Each man took a pledge that they would work to end child marriage in their own communities, create equality among males and females in their community, motivate other villagers to send their children to school, and work to sensitize the masses about female rights। The training in Chittor ended on a very high note. Not only were these men able to learn more about violence-free conflict resolution and the rights of girls and women, but they were also equipped with the tools to spread the message of equality and non-violence in their own communities.
Usha, training facilitator
Role play exercise during training
Role play exercise
Participants and training facilitators