Seema Kakran, Deputy-Director, WISCOMP participated at the annual meetings organized by the Consortium Secretariat at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Centre for Non-Traditional Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The title of her presentation was ‘Climate change and SDG 16: Challenges before India’.
Manjri Sewak conducted a two-day workshop on Universal Ethics during the 17th Annual Gurukul Program, held in July 2017 in Dharamshala, India.
Training and Curriculum Package
to Counter Gender-based Violence in India
WISCOMP announces the release of a unique Training and Curriculum Package to counter Gender-based Violence in India. The Package uses a range of resources and methods such as popular culture, social media, literature, manuals & guidelines, films, open letters, art, field visits and campaigns. It focuses on experiential, participatory and hands-on learning.
The 5 components of the package offer over 300 hours of training and engagement on a diverse range of issues to help young people build a culture of non-violence infused with values of equality, pluralism and social responsibility.
Some of the issues that the package addresses are Gender and Socialization, Masculinity and Femininity, Sexuality, Violence, Female Foeticide, Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Access to Justice et.al.
With original & indigenous content and interactive design, the package is ideal for educators and trainers involved with youth in schools, colleges, civil society organizations, and other institutions. It can also be used by professionals in law enforcement, health care, development, and media.
Re-Imaging Frames of Empowerment
A one-of-a-kind collation and analysis of the altered discourse within the Indian media on the issue of VAW. This multimedia presentation foregrounds the significant changes in the kind of messages conveyed by audio-visual media—especially advertisements and public service announcements—following the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh (Nirbhaya) in 2012, the episode that eventually led to the path-breaking Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013 and Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace in India (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Click here for a preview.
A novel Handbook for school and college educators comprising training modules and activities that can be used in a classroom/workshop setting. The content is entirely indigenous and can be used to facilitate critical reflection on gender roles, gender stereotypes, and discrimination. Click here for a preview.
An Annotated Bibliography of a diverse and representative set of reports, toolkits, handbooks, and guide which address the issue of violence against women and girls from diverse settings which were developed post-2012. The resources in the bibliography range from studies commissioned by governments, police departments, city councils, university regulatory bodies and media houses, to reports and toolkits designed by international organizations, local NGOs and civil society groups. An excellent one-stop-volume on GBV resources for law enforcement, healthcare, development, education and media professionals. Click here for a preview.
When Women Write…In Words and Pictures
A mobile exhibition on an intersectional understanding of the diversity of women’s experiences and the contexts in which they unfold. This exhibition comprises a rich collection of eloquent and riveting images to foreground the message of ending GBV, the ‘exhibition-in-a-box’ has been designed as a tool for advocacy and educational projects as each image and corresponding text come with a suggested guide for discussion. It is also available in a digital format. Click here for a preview.
Saahas ke Chaar Adhyay (Profiles in Courage)
A deeply moving film that records the life, struggle and ultimate triumph of four outstanding individuals from diverse backgrounds and different parts of India who bring home a message of hope and resilience in the wake of Gender-based Violence. These individuals were awarded/shortlisted for the WISCOMP Saahas Awards 2017 that honours men, women and transgenders who are dedicated to ending all forms of violence against women and girls. Click here for a preview.
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We congratulate Shreya Jani on receiving the Rotary Club India Peace Award in 2013, and the International Youth Peace Festival (Chandigarh) award for the exemplary work done by S.T.E.P. in promoting peace in Kashmir and Manipur.
Felicitations to Adluri Subrahmanyam Raju on commencing his new role at the Centre for Maritime Studies – Pondicherry University.
– A Consultation with Educators
26th JUNE 2014, New Delhi
As part of the Hum Kadam: Education for Peace initiative, a Consultation was held with school educators in order to get inputs and comments from them on a forthcoming handbook Templates for Peace: Multiculturalism and Non-Violence. The handbook is being published by WISCOMP and is designed for use at the high school level. It owes its genesis to the trainings that WISCOMP organized in Delhi and Srinagar over the two years (between 2012-14) as part of the Hum Kadam: Education for Peace initiative.
The Consultation was organized to get inputs and comments on the handbook from 20 expert ‘end users’ from schools in NCR and Kashmir who are partners in the Hum Kadam initiative. WISCOMP was not only keen to get feedback on the themes, age appropriateness of the activities, time allocated and the format of achieving the objectives but also some more fundamental concerns about the hurdles that could be anticipated in using / adopting the material at the schools. In order to optimize the limited time with the participants during the Consultation a list of questions for consideration was circulated in advance for assessing the material. The feedback from the educators from this consultation was used to refine the handbook and add new material.
25th– 26th AUGUST 2014, Srinagar
Two day-long workshops titled Aas Pass ki Khoj: Methodologies for Heritage Education were organized as part of the Hum Kadam: Education for Peace Initiative with a view to provide educators space for discussing issues of diversity and difference. These introductory workshops were a first-of-a-kind and aimed to offer an alternative perspective to the school teachers who are engaged in teaching social sciences and literature.
53 participants attended the workshop at the two venues – Government College of Education, Srinagar and Delhi Public School, Srinagar. The participants were encouraged to know the importance and the various methods of heritage conservation so as to inculcate in the younger generation a sense of ownership and respect for their heritage.
The workshops drew on the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 that has served as a guide for evolving a national system of education to realize the democratic vision enshrined in the Indian Constitution. It sought to bring in an integrated approach to teaching about heritage, which involves weaving heritage education into the curriculum instead of seeing heritage conservation as an extracurricular activity.
30th October – 3rd November 2014, New Delhi
WISCOMP and FAEA collaborated to bring together students from diverse backgrounds and regions over five days for a workshop on “Engaged Leadership: Skills and Perspectives”. A large majority of the 42 participants who attended this workshop were recipients of FAEA scholarship and came from families with limited economic means; many were the first, in their families, to earn formal degrees and travel outside their communities. About half of the participants came from Srinagar and the other half were from other parts of the country.
The workshop program focused on ways to cultivate positivity, present oneself in public, think critically, and develop one’s full potential. Professional Leadership-Self-Presentation and Interpersonal Skills, Exploring Shared Spaces, Thinking beyond Borders, Non-violent Communication, Conflict and Media and Entrepreneurial Skills, formed the themes of the various sessions of the workshop. In the light of the flash floods that struck Srinagar few weeks before the workshop the program was redesigned to include sessions on leadership in times of crisis. To motivate the youth to take action a session titled Involving Youth in Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Conflict Contexts was added.
In the feedback that was collected by WISCOMP and FAEA at the end of the workshop many of the participants shared that they had been positively impacted by the skills they learnt at the workshop as well as the interaction they had with peers from different parts of the country. The Kashmiri students were specially appreciative of the empathy expressed during the workshop by fellow participants.
9th – 10th December 2014, Srinagar
The WISCOMP workshop “From Transmission to Transformative Learning” was organized for pre-service and in-service teachers in Kashmir with the objective of examining how they can improve the learning outcomes as well as environment for their students . The need for such workshops was expressed by stakeholders from Jammu and Kashmir and National Capital Region at a roundtable in January 2013 in New Delhi. The participants had pointed out that the B.Ed. programs and curriculum provide the required subject knowledge and fundamental understanding of child psychology and development, but did not prepare the teacher for the entire gamut of challenges that the teaching-learning process unveils in the classroom.
The workshop used an interactive format and introduced the participants to innovative pedagogies that mobilize art, drama and narrative for therapeutic and educational ends. Several sessions also focussed on self-awareness and identity and cross-curricular teaching.
In their feedback the participants shared that they felt optimistic about applying the learnings from the workshop into their personal and professional lives. Many also expressed that the workshop convinced them about the need to improve relations with their colleagues, work collaboratively and reinforced the importance of creating a safe environment for children in the school.