Hamara Nazariya, Hamari Awaaz
Hamara Nazariya, Hamari Awaaz is a state level event on advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sports and Rights, led and facilitated by adolescent girls. It is conceptualised as a platform for the adolescent girls who have been a part of the "It's My Body" Programme to share their experiences.
The event is divided into multiple sessions of panel discussions and audio-video presentations led by the girls themselves, where they share their experiences of understanding issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights mediated through sports. The event will bring together girls to deliberate and discuss with various stakeholders the difference means and mechanisms to advance their rights, issues and needs.
“IT HAS BEEN A JOURNEY FULL OF CHALLENGES. TALKING ABOUT OUR HEALTH AND RIGHTS AND NEGOTIATING FOR THEM IS SOMETHING WE COULD NOT HAVE EVEN IMAGINED EARLIER. OUR ACHIEVEMENTS MAY BE SMALL, BUT THEY ARE SIGNIFICANT FOR US. WE ARE NOW FULL OF HOPE. WE WILL REALISE OUR DREAMS” – Rani, An adolescent girl from Jharkhand
‘It’s My Body’ program is implemented in three states of India- U.P., Bihar and Jharkhand. The programme uses a rights-based approach, to work directly with 2000 adolescent girls every year, to enable them to make their own decisions related to their bodies, health and lives and to strengthen their leadership capacities. The programme, so far, has reached over 5000 adolescent and young girls directly with and over 7000 adolescent and young girls indirectly across twelve districts of the three states.
The programme has been able to make significant positive changes in the lives of the girls associated with it directly and indirectly. The programme brings together girls at the village level by forming football groups. As part of the group, the girls also receive trainings on various aspects of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Gender, Sexuality and Bodily Autonomy. The programme has been successful in creating a supportive environment in their families, schools and communities. Thanks to their improved self-confidence and awareness, they are now voicing their opinions, resisting against negative discrimination, coming out to play football and accessing other public and community spaces. They are speaking out against different forms of abuse, harassment and violence. They are challenging gender norms, negotiating for a delay in their marriage, staying in school to complete higher education and demanding and accessing health and other services in their communities.
“The journey of this programme started with a campaign against son preference. The enthusiastic participation from the girls encouraged us to take this forward in form of the IMB programme. Sports has proved to be a very powerful medium. It is very encouraging to see the girls express themselves, take control of decisions related to their bodies and talk about and demand for their health and rights.” – Sanjana Gaind, Programme Manager, CREA
Encouraged by achievements of the It's My Body program, CREA aims to take further learning opportunities for young girls equipping them with skills to pursue opportunities for their professional development.
23 August, 2016 - Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
8 September, 2016 - Ranchi, Jharkhand
26 September, 2016 - Patna, Bihar