“The most important thing is that we got an opportunity to speak and voice out our opinion in this workshop; it’s not a regular thing for us.”
Panchami Roy, 17 years 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 Siliguri, local partner organization Child In Need Institute (CINI) 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. 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.
The workshop also presented a stage for young women to give voice to their opinions, because growing up in a highly patriarchal society girls in Siliguri do not often get to voice their opinions. It gave them the chance to question the restrictions put on them by the virtue of being females. They learned to question societal norms rather than blindly accepting them.
The boys also shared their experiences, talking about the responsibilities and pressures that fall on them because of their gender. The discussions brought out how patriarchy affects all and how boys and girls need to work together to achieve gender equality.
36 youth (16 male, 20 female) attended the workshop on Day 1, while 45 (14 male, 31 female) attended on Day 2 and 43 (14 male, 29 female) on Day 3.