A 2 day KBC review meeting was held at the Head Office of Martha Farrell Foundation (MFF)/Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), New Delhi, in which teams participated from the 11 sites all over India, where the Kadam Badhate Chalo (KBC) program is being implemented. The review meeting was focussed towards impact of KBC so far in all places. Participants included partners, Margshree Charitable Trust (Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh), Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh), Akhil Bhartiya Samaj Sewa Sansthan (ABSSS, Chitrakoot, Banda, Uttar Pradesh), Child In Need Institute (CINI, Siliguri, West Bengal), and Samajik Badlav Trust (Najafgarh, Delhi), and Pro Sports Development (PSD, Delhi).
KBC is a an ongoing youth-led programme run by MFF and PRIA to end violence against girls and women that helps support and develop youth leadership among both boys and girls, providing them with tools of change which they can use to meet collective goals.
Nandita Bhatt, Program Manager at PRIA, gave a small introduction on KBC and its phases. The 3 phases included, firstly, awareness of the youth on VAW, working together and a shared understanding. Second phase included conducting Participatory Safety Audit (PSA) in each locality of KBC site, engaging the community through the data, sports camp and cultural event initiated by the youth. And in the final stage, the youth will engage directly with institutions and stakeholders.
All the sites shared impacts and stories about KBC.
A training on PSA was conducted. During the training three models of PSA were shared by the team members that enabled them to get detailed data of a village/basti/city. The team members then had a brainstorming session on what different they can do in their sites while facilitating PSA. The ideas were shared through presentations.
On the next day of review meeting, the participants shared about what they planned to cover till 30th June’17, so that the youth is competent and confident to take up issues of their locality and they know how to follow up on them on their own, so that the dependency on the KBC facilitators would finally come to an end.
With this objective in mind, all the participants presented benchmarks they planned for the youth to reach by 30th June’17. A detailed plan for 6 months was prepared by the participants including conducting PSA in schools/colleges/hospitals/RWAs/villages, sharing of PSA data with the community, stakeholders and follow-up on the plan of action.