Gender Issue Support (for Educational Institutions)
The dominance of gender stereotypes is almost universal and remains hidden. We work on gender sensitivity and increasing competence in handling gender diversity. When we talk of gender, it is nearly always in terms of sexual harassment, physical sexual violence or issues regarding the “other” sexualities. Who is the ‘other’ and why are ‘they’ marginalised? ‘Why are ‘they’ not ‘us?’ How do you cope with being homosexual/ bisexual/ transsexual in a society still closed to your right to exist? How would a family come to terms with a child’s sexuality? How would an organisation define its policies in the face of newer social realities?
Be it gender, caste, religion or sexual orientation, we need to celebrate our differences and enhance the richness of diversity. Diversity and its implications exist everywhere – from nuclear families to schools and multinational companies. We hope to further the possibilities of diversity, of open-mindedness, and harness the potential of differences.
We conduct both Awareness modules – educating students and employees of their rights and organizational processes with regards to harassment or discrimination as well as intensive workshops on sensitivity. For Schools (Class 9 and above) and colleges, we design and conduct modules on
- Understanding Gender
- Gender and Sex
- Gender Stereotypes and Socialisation
- Feminine and Masculine
- Gender and Identity
- Identity and Expression
- Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation
- LGBTQIA – Terms and their meanings
- Coming Out
- Respect for all
All these sessions and more can be tailored to age group, class size and time availability. All the sessions are a mix of exercises, film videos and case studies. They are highly interactive and ensure that the learning stays over a long period of time. Similar modules are also done for teaching/ non-teaching staff and parents of students. Testimonials of participants/ Schools where these sessions have been conducted are available on request.