Promoting partnerships on gender and youth
by Anoj Chhetri
Lucknow and Sriperumbudur, India: To commemorate 2010, the International Year of Youth, UNV India and the Solution Exchange for Gender Community India organized a regional meet in at the Hotel Piccadilly in Lucknow.
UNV India led the second half-day, a mega event that encouraged participants to develop a symbolic message which would promote partnerships involving men to prevent both Gender-Based Violence and advocate communal harmony. Bollywood actor Rahul Bose presented UNV T-shirts and bags to the best performing teams.
The workshop was held from 7-8 May 2010 in collaboration with partners such as the 'Partners for Prevention' programme, UNIFEM, UNICEF, Oxfam, Find Your Feet, Sehabhagi Shiksha Kendra, the National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), CASA and members of gender communities from India's six northern states (Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh).
The regional meet focused on two themes: ‘Involving men as partners in prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV)’ and ‘Involving youth in communal harmony’.
The aim was to help development practitioners learn from each other, and collaborate to advocate ‘zero tolerance’ for violence in any form – be it Gender-Based Violence or communal violence. Both affect girls and women disproportionately. We hope the regional meet will facilitate work towards changing the practices and attitudes that provoke, perpetrate and pardon violence of any kind.
It brought together more than 150 gender community members as well as others representing Government, NGOs, academia and any development organizations.
Another workshop took place at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. UNV India is a key supporter of the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development, and the training programme for India's National Service Scheme.
The Rajiv Gandhi Institute is an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, fully funded by the Government of India.
Youth constitute nearly 40 per cent of India’s population. The Institute endeavours to give Indian youth tools to help them make the most of their. It plans to develop a training manual on volunteerism, the first of its kind in India and targeting youths from all walks of life.
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