Youth4Change is platform for young people to voice their concerns and work towards the development of the community in which they live. The purpose of this unit is to mobilize youth between the age of 18 to 24 years as change agents in communities and colleges. The objective is to work towards putting youth agenda on the arena of development by organizing meetings, campaigns, festivals, camps and other gatherings with the youth at different levels to mobilize energies in the right direction. It also aims to protect rights of young pople and raise funds to support their efforts.
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Kanjarbhat Virginity Test ptrotest
PROJECT - GIRLSCOUNT
Like many cities in India, there is a larger share of men than women. The child sex ratio is 883 girls to every 1,000 boys, compared to 902 girls for every 1,000 boys at the 2011 census. The most recent census has found a worsening sex ratio in most of India territories and states due to a preference for boys. It’s not uncommon in the country for female pregnancies to be aborted once the parents learn of the gender. While the country has instituted campaigns against revealing a fetus’s gender and It’s illegal, the law is nearly impossible to enforce. Despite improvement in education and other opportunities, this area needs a special attention. Breaking barriers of gender in job can contribute to improvement in this area.
One of the major reasons for the shrinking female population is the patriarchal attitudes prevalent among people. Very often gender based roles and occupation, that have been carved out and passed on through generations, contribute to this mind set. No matter the gender sensitization or girls education has not helped to changed this attitudes. If a girl wants to choose a job of her choice, she still has to get the permission of her father, brother or husband and even from her society. This is not the case with boys as they have the freedom to get into or come out of any job anytime. Therefore, any endeavor to address the root cause of patriarchal mindsets and discrimination against women and girls, should be addressed by changing traditional roles and occupations for women and girls. Non-traditional occupation can be defined by any occupation where there are more than 75% of the work force is a particular gender. This brings to occupational segregation as well as jobs are divided into male and female jobs. But it has been observed that skills required for these jobs are same. So the question is that if there is no gender in skills requirements why there is segregation in terms of gender in the case of jobs. The intervention by CYDA in Pune proposes to find effective strategies to allow girls to dare to dream of possibilities in a wider range of non-traditional roles and occupations. The plan is to encourage girls and young women in Pune city to break gender stereotypes by learning skills, taking up non-traditional roles and occupations. This step would prove to be very critical for young women to achieve better employment and long-term financial security for themselves.
Outreach: Youth4Change Chhatisgarh targetted 45 villages and was able to reach out to 2134 people
A participatory rapid appraisal process was a three day event organized separately with girls, women, boys and men to identify unsafe spots in the village and take appropriate action. The discussion led to identify dangerous and unsafe spots and understand potential risks and what needs to be done to mitigate those risks. The Sabha was also able to identify the violence husbands would commit on their wives
Sangeeta addressed the issues to the villagers and It is then the group decided to call a Aam Sabha were girls, women, boys and men present was formed. In that meeting they presented each groups findings, shared them and created a acceptance among all. They then started working towards finding a solution to many of the issues raised by girls and boys. Gram panchayat agreed to fix street lights, actions were taken to stop playing cards at unsafe locations, not allowing gathering of boys at drinking water stand points etc.
Sangeeta organizes Yuva Sabha in other villages by organizing girls and boys to fight against injustice, gender based violence and early child marriage. Her future dreams are: learning English, developing training and computer skills and get more knowledge about gender related issue.