Our works under the theme – “Gender and Social Justice”
Understanding Sexual Health and Sexual Rights (SHSR) of Youth with Disabilities – FST has forayed into the disability sector last year. FST felt that there was a need to work on the issue. Some of our interventions under disability issue were:
In an effort to include marginalized groups on issues that align with our thematic areas, but not hitherto covered by others in the field, and in response to the increasing incidence of violence against women with disabilities, we chose to undertake a study on youth with disabilities in Assam, with active support and help from National Foundation of India.
Sexual health and rights are hardly discussed among youth and adults in general and even less so in the case of young people with disabilities. There are taboos in accessing knowledge and few forums to discuss these issues. This study on SHSR was done with guidance from experts and in collaboration with Shishu Sarothi a leading disability rights organisation and 3 other NGOs at 4 locations across Assam, to identify and understand the ground realities faced by young people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and special educators.
The study which was widely disseminated by FST recommended the need for sensitization of young people who interact with youth with disabilities, inclusion of sexuality education in curricula of young adults and developing a training module for all stakeholders. FST has also developed a training module to sensitize and assist special educators, NGO workers and caregivers with the sole aim of demystification of information on SHSR issues.
Lynti Khasi School:
Prince Thangkhiew, pioneer of the Lynti Khasi School worked on ‘Educating children of shepherd families’ in Umsawwar village in East Khasi hills of Meghalaya. The fellowship supported and helped him to sustain and deepened his innovative Lynti Khasi
program by setting up a school for the children of this community who were left out of the existing school system.
60 students were enrolled in the Lynti Khasi School. He appointed 2 teachers. In the process and expansion of the school building, provision of furniture, teaching aids etc. were provided by FST. He instituted interesting innovative learning activities and programs including prayer days, rallies, storytelling sessions and experience sharing events.
Lalthanzami continued her work on the ‘Safe Home – for women survivors of domestic violence in Aizawl, Mizoram.
- She rescued 110 survivors of domestic violence.
- She also provided 110 women with shelter at her Safe Home.
- She offered legal counsel and advice to 24 women.
- She also helped to support 10 women with livelihood options
KOUSAL: Knowledge on Utilizing Skills and Leadership
Project Area: This project is aimed to work on an urban slum of Guwahati named Bhaskar Nagar
FST is implementing this project with adolescent girl of Bhaskar Nagar on building the capacity of the target group on different life skills so that they can be future leader in their community. Slums are the most vulnerable space in an urban setting, where children and adolescent girls are the most exposed section within slum area. Most of the adolescent girls of Bhaskar Nagar are school dropout and very few who continue school rarely reach college education. Lack of hope and aspirations make them seat at home and look after their siblings instead of working for self and a better future. Early marriage is mostly practice in the area leading to negative impact on health. Besides this, domestic violence and addiction to hazardous substance is also common.
KOUSAL will focus on adolescent girl of 15-21yrs age groups and to build their capacity on different life skills by utilizing non-threatening sports as a medium. Problem of adolescent girl of Bhaskar Nagar slum stated that adolescent girls are lack in different life skills like financial literacy, effective communication skill, knowledge on reproductive health & hygiene and self-defence. Sports is a medium which help individual to build confidence on self, build skills of decision making, reorganization capacity of own weakness & strength, creating & claiming own space within collective etc. So this projects aims to build the capacity of adolescent girl on different life skills by using sports as a medium to bring the girls together and to disseminate the learning session.
- Capacity building of adolescent girl on different life skills through sports
- Developing peer leaders from adolescent girl for creating future leader