Training on Gender Equity closes

The 5-day residential training program for youth on Gender Equity was concluded on Saturday, 13 February, 2016. The training program was both unique and historical It was the first ever collaboration of Bosco Seva Kendra with the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development. It was the first time that young boys and girls were addressed on the issue of sex and gender – on the inclusion of transgenders, with the aim of bringing about equity in thought and action and breaking of gender stereotypes.

The training module was designed for inclusion of all participants. Each session was interactive and required involvement of all the faculties, so that the topics were internalised for further practice and percolation. Experienced resource persons were invited from different fields  of Education, Health, Law, Development & Activism and Human Rights to address and share their knowledge and experience.

On saturday, the program was concluded with a Valedictory ceremony.  The event started with a prayer song by a small group of participants. Director, BSK Fr.P Arul Das welcomed the guests – Economer, Salesian province of Hyderabad, Fr.P Sojan, Youth Director of BIRDY, Fr.K T Jose, Youth Animator, Sr.Gracie, Corporate Co-ordinator Ms.Pascal Flynn.

Program Co-ordinator, Mr.K Satyanand gave a summary of the training program. Two of the trainees Mr.J Anil Kumar and Ms.M Bharathi then shared their opinion and experience of the program on Gender Equity. Ms.Bharathi said that the topics discussed were very close to her heart as she herself experiences bias and discrimination at every stage of her life. She was happy to know and understand that there was so much dialogue and intent to end this discrimination and hoped for a better society. They both promised to carry the message whereever they go – at home and work.

Fr.P.Sojan  commended the young trainees for their participation in the training and extolled the important role they play in society as the pall bearers.  Fr.K T Jose expressed deep appreciation for the effort being taken to bring about an equitable society. He said that these youth now have to go and change those they come in contact with – he reiterated Gandhiji’s words – ‘Be the Change you want to see in the world’.

Certificates of Participation were distributed to all the trainees.

Ms.Deepa Xavier, co-facilitator of the training gave a vote of thanks and concluded the event with the National Anthem.