Our work at a glance

  • Storytelling for gender equality and peace

  • Education with curriculums, workshops and dialogue

  • Tech for Good for resources and reporting

  • Digital Advocacy for gender equality and peacebuilding

  • Legal, Policy and Psycho-social research to inform our activism

Notes from the field

Friday, April 12, 2019

Bright future, anyone?

A note from Kirthi

It was a hot morning, and the political rallies on ground filled the streets with chaos. There were people beating drums, people dancing, people shouting slogans... and a big cardboard trough shooting crackers one after another. Vehicles moved inch by inch, and I was late for school. I stopped my ride and got off to walk, squeezing through the spaces between vehicles and dancing party workers.
Despite the delay, I was curious and I simply had to know, so I stopped and asked one of the party workers what his party's vision was for India, and why they deserved to be voted. He simply responded saying, "Our leader is what India needs. Don't ask these questions, it doesn't matter. Just vote for our leader and see what happens."
The future seemed bleak.
I made it to class late, but my babies were already in place, bright smiles and brighter minds in tow. In the first session, we talked about children's rights and how they intersected with caste, religion, gender, disability, race, and class. We talked about privilege and oppression and read "The Boy Who Asked Why" together - where we learned about Dr Ambedkar. They left me with a promise that they will include and not exclude, empathize and not other, and learn and not remain ignorant.
In the second session, the littler lot from grade 1 taught me more than I could imagine. We talked about conflict, peace, and violence, and the youngest batch of children I've worked with came to engage with Galtung's seminal work on "conflict is not equal to violence." We then read "Red" by Sagar Kolwankar, and thought about all the different kinds of conflict in the world. Sample the response to "What is violence?"
"If I hurt a plant!"
"If I make a sand castle and do pachki!"
"If we pollute the earth!"
"If we hurt someone."
"If we fight war. We can also speak to each other and share instead."
The future doesn't seem bleak, after all.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

I am the boss of my body

We had a beautiful time working with the young ones at New Saraswati Shiksha Niketan in Sangam Vihar, New Delhi along with Tale Weavers, in the second session in their workshop series. This time, we addressed the concept of consent through an activity and an engaging learning session. We began by giving the children a fun activity that started out in one direction, but soon switched gears to leave the children with food for thought through an understanding of consent, personal agency, and the need to respect one another's choices. We then moved on to talk about safe and unsafe touch awareness, and created space for the children to understand how to protect their bodies. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Shado pays a visit

In our final session of the One World Project for this semester, Raakhee worked with the students on identifying actions in their lives that contribute to their carbon footprint, taught them how to calculate their carbon footprint with the help of Shado, from OnlyPlanet.in. Here's a glimpse of that session.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Gaming for Gender Equality II

Remember how we reworked the age old games of #GuessWho, #SnakesAndLadders, and #Taboo to train people who engage with the game in peace, gender equality, and to understand efforts made in the development sector to address issues centered on gender and sustainable peace? We got another bunch of young ones to try their hand at it. Here's a glimpse of that!