Seva Mandir has organized three days training with their organizational staff at Kaya training centre, Udaipur, Rajhasthan from 21st to 23rd April 2014. Total 32 staff (16 male and 16 female) of the organisation that were working at different level have participated. The main objective of training was as –
- To develop understanding on gender & Sex and process of socialization process
- Perspective building on gender based discrimination & gender based violence
- To develop understanding on equity and equity
- To find out the different forms and issues on GBD & DBV, Power
I and Mr. V.K. Rai have facilitated the sessions around Gender, gender based discrimination and gender based violence, socialization process, root cause of GBD & GBV, privilege and restriction with men and women, understanding of power and power relation.
My experiences around this training –
After a long time, I was involved in such training where men and women both were the participants. Around 11 participants had already taken the gender training and four of them work as trainers. According to Seva Mandir team, it was the first time that they had involved men as trainers on the issue of gender. Before starting the training process I had a lot of questions in my mind about balancing the participants. But after the process of day one, I found all the participants were interested to learn new things sincerely.
I feel that women participants were interested to know how after this training they would be successful in finding the support of men at the community level. Male participants had a lot of questions surrounding the new information of gender, the beginning of gender based discrimination, conflicts related to power dynamics and relationships between men and women. They were also raising questions related to patriarchal system and trying to show that men are also suffering from this condition.
It was a great opportunity for us; when participants could discuss together and tried to understand each other’s feeling and situations related to family and society level. I found that every participant was very serious and trying to support one another for understanding the current social, political, cultural situations that influence both men and women. I believe that men will start the positive change process from themselves and at family level on the principal of equity and equality and they will respect women’s equal human rights so that they can come into the mainstream and for this women will also support male staff in their change process at every level.
It is not a one- time process of behavioral change but it should be continuous and men should reflect about their experiences related to change, challenges, tension and problems in peer group. CHSJ will try to provide continuous support to carry forward this process in Rajasthan.