Martha Farrell Foundation and Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD) have joined hands to address the issue of violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Maharashtra through the Kadam Badhate Chalo (KBC) Project.
The partnership has begun with an orientation of sarpanches, RSCD trainers and field coordinators from 20 districts of Maharashtra. Two training sessions, each of two days, was held between 24 and 28 November 2017 in Wardha and Ahmednagar. The training in Wardha on 24 and 25 November 2017 covered 33 participants from 11 districts (Akola, Yavatmal, Amravati, Washim, Buldana, Bandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Nagpur, Gadchiroli and Wardha.). The second training in Ahmednagar on 27 and 28 November 2017 covered 22 participants from 9 districts (Aurangabad, Latur, Nanded, Parbhani, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Pune, Satara, and Sangli).
The main focus of the trainings was to develop a common understanding of these participants on KBC. Capacity of the field coordinators was built on different aspects and tools of KBC. Such as gender, gender based violence, different types of violence against women/girls, sexual harassment at workplace, Participatory Safety Audit, etc. Some sessions focused on understanding the sexual harassment of women, and the processes available under the PSHW Act, 2013 to make panchayats as safe workplaces for women. During the discussions and group activities, there was a realization that the attitudes and behaviour of the society/community/people needs to change to end violence against women. The training concluded with the participants preparing a district-wise plan to implement KBC.