Martha Farrell Foundation recently facilitated a participatory Training of Trainers (ToT) on ‘Deepening Diversity, Women Rights and Democracy in India with an emphasis on Gender Justice and Inclusion’. The ToT was conducted in collaboration with Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and National Coalition on Race and Gender Issues.
This two-day ToT was conducted with 17 participants from different part of the North-East, which consisted of peace and gender activists, development practitioners, advocates, academicians, politicians and student leaders. The purpose of the training was to support the participants in identifying key issues related to diversity, gender and inclusion in within their institutions and organizations and develop practical and innovative strategies to address these issues.
The training focused on:
●Facilitating a context-based understanding of diversity, gender, inclusion and related concepts
●Ascertaining key issues, gaps or challenges in deepening diversity, realizing gender equality and enabling inclusion (issues ranged from mob lynching to Muslim hate to local patriarchal resistance towards women leaders)
●Methods or strategies to institutionalize diversity, gender equality and inclusion in different areas of work in the North-East
While the participants developed a larger strategy for working on these issues in their sectors, the training also supported them in understanding their own individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. The ToT facilitated an exploration of these differences in a safe and positive manner to enable an understanding of tolerance and embrace the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual