“In my friend’s house, I have seen my friend does all the household work but her brother is the person who gets all the love and good things such as clothes. But I shared my learning from the first day with their family and I believe they will change their attitudes.”
Nirupama Mishra, 13 year old female participant
Gender Through Sports is a module devised by Martha Farrell Foundation (MFF) in collaboration with ProSport Development and PRIA for Kadam Badhate Chalo. In Bhubaneswar, local partner organization Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD)supported KBC. The module has been designed to deal with gender issues in everyday life in a broad sense; dealing with gender stereotypes, gender differences, women’s rights and freedom, sexual harassment and the importance of a gender-just society.
Over the course of the workshop the youth realised how stereotypes surround gender are constructed by the society and are not biological. For example, their perception that girls can’t participate equally in physical activities was broken. They learnt how a number of discriminations that women have to face are because of these gendered stereotypes for example how it is always the girls who are expected to carry our household chores while boys don’t feel the need to contribute in household activities.
They learned to question societal norms rather than blindly accepting them. They also learnt to work with each other and take everyone’s opinions in consideration.
Both the boys and girls discussed the growing violence against women and recognised its prevalence both inside and outside houses. The workshop managed to get them to think about and question how gender is constructed.
26 youth (10 male and 16 female) attended the workshop.