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Amity Institute of Behavioral and Allied Sciences in collaboration with ELM conducted a workshop for Forest Rangers on Gender and Development

A workshop on Gender and Development was conducted by AIBAS (Amity Institute of Behavioral and Allied Sciences) in collaboration with ELM for Forest Rangers. This workshop was conducted in three batches : 31ST MAY to 02ND JUNE, 06TH to 08TH JUNE, and 13TH to 15TH JUNE 2011. On, 31ST MAY to 2ND JUNE 2011 workshop on Gender and development was conducted by AIBAS in collaboration with ELM for forest rangers. On 6th to 8th JUNE 2011, workshop on Gender and development was conducted by AIBAS in collaboration with ELM for forest rangers. On 13th to 15th JUNE 2011, workshop on Gender and development was conducted by AIBAS in collaboration with ELM for forest DMU & ADMU officers. The modules dealt with different aspects of gender issues like gender awareness, socialization, patriarchy, women’s health, literacy, power vs empowerment, WIDGAD approach, mainstreaming gender issues and domestic violence The modules were planned in such a way that there was more experiential learning. Participants were interested in all the activities conducted and this was shown through their enthusiastic participation and repeated feedback that they loved the content offered. The participants learned in a fun way. After constructive feedback session they reported they would carry the learning to their work. The overall ambience during the training was pleasant which resulted in informal and entertaining sessions. On day one, the training started with an ice breaking exercise by forming pairs in two circles. During the first session the concept of sex and gender was discussed through exercises, slide shows and questionnaires. Session two basically dealt the socialization process and myths regarding language biases. During third session, the concept of ‘patriarchy’ in our society was brought to consciousness. In session four historical perspective of gender was given by Mr. Iqbal Singh(IFS). On day two a recap of the previous sessions’ learning was done. The concept of power was discussed with the help of different types of animal’s characteristics. In the WID –GAD approach the practical and strategic needs of forest tribal women were informed. After that Mr. Iqbal Singh threw light on gender sensitive planning. On day three, issue of domestic violence was raised through video clipping by an NGO, Breakthrough. They also talked about the Act of Domestic Violence. In the next session Dr. Umapati Ray talked about the crime against women and very effectively described that why gender training is essential for males. At the end mainstreaming of gender issues and action plan was chalked out through role plays. The entire workshop was based on participatory training techniques. Experiential learning cycle approach and principles of adult learning were followed throughout the course. There was immense opportunity for every participant to participate and contribute. The feedback taken towards the end of the workshop supports how helpful the workshop proved to be for the participants. Participants felt that workshop was very good, effective, interactive and useful for their life. Mithilesh Kumar Mishra learned that “Mahilaon ke sashaktikaran ke liye avashyak hai ki onko shikshit ker unka status barhaya jaye”. Om Prakash, “jeewan me khushhaali ke liye stri purush ke beech barabar kia stta honi chahiye. Unko sashakt karne ke liye ucha darja diya jaye, adhinta se mukt kiya jaye, nirnaya evam labhansh me bhagidari sunishchit ki jaye, shikshit kiya jaye”. Vinod Krishn Singh, “very effective, parcipative which I never experienced earlier. More video clips can be included to enhance effectiveness”.

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