Safecity had an awareness workshop in Kirori Mal College, Delhi on 15th September, 2017 which was attended by 50 students.
In the workshop we had a focused discussion on personal safety, gender and sexual harassment. We started the session by distributing balloons to students and asked them to write one social stigma that they have faced/or they believe exists in our society.
Following it we had a rapid fire round wherein we asked the students some questions related to safety like-
- Who do you feel safe with?
- Are choices and safety related?
- Do you feel safe/unsafe depending upon your outfit?
After this interesting discussion on safety we moved on talking about the importance of reporting. We showed few videos and shared statistics with the students to make them aware of the alarming situation. We took a moment to share how our organisation, Safecity, is encouraging people to report the incidents of sexual harassment and thereby breaking the silence.
In the next segment of our workshop, we explained the concept of gender through a gender box. We invited the students to write some masculine and feminine characteristics in a board. Further, through those characteristics we stressed upon the correlation of behaviour, status and the relationship of a person. This helped the students in understanding the different terminologies.
Our last segment of the workshop was focused on talking about sexual harassment. We discussed the types of harassment and through an activity asked the students to guess which offences from those displayed on the screen were punishable. Post that we had a discussion on the UGC guidelines, Zero FIR and Internal Complaints Committee.
Later, we asked the students to burst their balloons thereby taking a pledge to bring a change at their own individual level.
In our last activity, we divided the students in three groups and asked them to summarise the workshop (or a part of it) in whichever way they wanted and we were awe-struck when they presented their learning through a skit and poetry!
It was an amazing experience!