BB Training Camp Day 2 – IDentity, Gender, Changemaking.
Details of Day 1 could be found here
Session 6: Who am I? – Identity and stereotypes
Facilitated by Swati Chawla and Ankit Pogula.
This was another self-exploring session. At the begging of the session, we were asked to find something out of the environment which we could relate to. A hunt began and when we convened again with people carrying rocks, flowers, mud, notebooks and event live ants. We were asked how we would relate to that particular object, some related with ease, some others had problems and still others got emotional. It was a very revealing session where our vulnerabilities were exposed, but it was great to see how affectionate the group was to each other including to us as visitors.
Session 7: Gender Stereotypes and Sexual Identity
By Rohini Ghadiok and Seema Srivastava
The workshop focused on challenging some of the stereotyped behaviors attributed to the two sexes and how to go about understanding and breaking those stereotypes as well as understanding gender and sexual identity.
The session started with an interesting movie about sexual identity and gender which through stories of few people, including a little kid who wanted to be treated like a boy instead of a girl and much grown up persons who wished to identify themselves in the other gender than are socially identified as. The documentary provoked a lively discussion after the film.
It was established that gender was a social construct as oppose to sex which could be defined by birth. The discussion continued on the various stereotyped behaviors and actions attributed to gender. The need to break away from those stereotypes was also stressed throughout the session especially in the matters of sexual orientation.
There was also a group activity which tried to distinctly identify how the language used in the context of sexuality differ with the participants asked to exploring and defining the boundaries of gender, sexual orientation and sex.
Video Conference with UK
Sharing experiences of young people in active citizenship.
Participants from Delhi: BB CGMs from BB Delhi, Mumbai and Sri Lanka
Les Dangerfield, Asst. Director British Council, New Delhi.
Harshavarhan Sharma, Bharat Yuva Shakthi Trust
This was the first time, besides the drive from the airport, that we saw New Delhi outside Sanskriti Kendra. Some of it reminded us of back home, some of it didn’t. Delhi itself has its share of greenery, or at least gardens, and there are also a few interesting sights to see including the India Gate.
The session started with formal introductions and each group present in the conference was asked to give a brief description of the type of work they do. All BB Core Groups gave a brief description of our relevant projects.
Harsh Vardhan gave a brief description of the type of work they do at Bhaarat Yuwa Shakti Trust, where they provide young people with starting capital as loans for business ideas put forward by the applicants. The BYST also provides guidance and support in formulating business proposals as well as training and counseling on managing their businesses.
Carrie Supple shared her experience with working with young people as the director of a project titled Youth Act of the Citizenship Foundation. She briefly described the function of Youth Act and the type of work they do, which primarily involves citizenship education, advocacy through initiatives such as a mock parliament, education programs on the justice system, the political structure, and attempts to bring Law to the masses. She also spoke about the attempts made by young people to influence policy, which she said had varying results.
Tom Burke spoke about the work he conducts as part of the Carnegie Young People’s Initiative, UK. CYPI advocates getting young people involved in decision and policy making, which affects them in organizations both in voluntary and public sectors. He spoke about the challenges of such initiatives where many organizations agree on principles, but rarely implements them in practice.
Micheal Norton primarily spoke about his book titled ‘365 ways to change the world’ and touched on various examples featured in his book, and also how young people have made a difference in different parts of the world.