RESILIENT & EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES
BACKGROUND & RATIONALE
In India, adolescent boys and girls lack access to information about those aspects of life which are crucial for them to be aware about. Girls from marginalised sections of society are more vulnerable as they face issues such as taboos at onset of menarche, restrictions on opportunities of development, sexual harassment, inability to negotiate strict family controls over mobility and life choices and this results in their inability to make decisions for their education, work, health and social relationships.
Glaring evidence of inequality and discrimination gets highlighted with increase in dropout of girls before completion of their secondary education due to household responsibilities, child marriage, child labour, more relevance towards investing in education of boys and when the state doesn’t enforce compulsory education through the RTE Act, 32% girls are not enrolled as compared to 28% boys. Also menstruation disrupts the lives of girls as we still have 42% of girls using cloth rather than sanitary napkins. In the atmosphere governed by patriarchal norms and misogynist mind sets, it is important to effectively empower adolescent girls and mobilize many stakeholders in their support. As girls stand at the threshold of adulthood they need and deserve resources and support to overcome the barriers that hold them back and that will help unlock their potential to lead full lives.
MENTORING AND CAPACITY-BUILDING
LEADERSHIP JOURNEY WITH SOCIAL ACTION PROJECTS
COMUNITY SHOWCASES AND CAMPAIGNS
Brought to Delhi in 2017, Learning Communities is a collaborative initiative of five grantee partners of EMpower- Swechha, The YP Foundation, Chintan, Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) and Josh (Joint Operation for Social Help) where the prime focus is to build agency and decision making capacities of the girls, enabling them to negotiate, make choices and address barriers in their own lives around careers, sexuality, violence, education, employment etc as well as amplify their voices on these issues in their own communities.
As a part of the program, we also facilitate skill and capacity building of our young girl leaders and staff mentors through training on leadership, project management and mentoring so that they can effectively train girls and serve as the next line of leadership and management within their own organisations.
We are always looking for young and enthusiastic minds that can help us create the change along with being the change. Whatever your passion, we always have opportunities for you along with endless cups of Chai!
SOME OF OUR
“I never knew that my words and opinions held so much power, before coming to the learning community journey. Here I learnt how to speak up for my beliefs, within my family, my peers and also my community. I wish more girls would discover that they are not alone.”
“I want to ask society, why can’t girls have the freedom to dress how they want ? To travel at night without worrying about their safety? To marry whom they choose despite parents objections? I want to tell the world that we can stand on our own two feet. Let us simply make our own choices. Don’t take away this fundamental right of ours.”
“Through the LC programs I learned that I have value, my thoughts have value, and that there are people willing to engage with me and work towards a brighter tomorrow.”