We believe that any effective change in the society can only happen with a strong implementing mechanism in place. Hence, JWP conducts regular gender sensitisation programmes for community workers, grassroot government functionaries, police personnel, those in authority in the public and private sector, NGO administrators, etc. These trainings are prepared and conducted by the Director, Dr. Chatterji, with the assistance of some staff. JWP also conducts extensive training for its staff, including the school teacher and those responsible for the functioning of the education and care centres.
Our organisation has also been associated with several Government departments, civil society organisations and learning institutes, with whom we organise training sessions and workshops. Some of them are:
- The Ministry of Defence
- The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
- PUSA Institute
- Institute of Criminology
- National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD)
- Academy of CBI, etc.
One of our most recent collaborations was the ‘Conference on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Protection and Redressal) Act 2013, which took place on the 18th of November, 2017 at the India International Centre, New Delhi. This Consultation was in partnership with the Indian National Bar Association (INBA) and the Asia FOundation (TAF).
We have actively engaged in skill training for young adults and women throughout all our centres. Systematic skill training programmes in computer use, tailoring and embroidery are conducted for girls in the age group of 12 to 20 years in the slums to provide an alternative to domestic work. Training is also imparted to young women to become health workers and on nutritious cooking. Adult education and legal literacy is another avenue undertaken by JWP to educate the community women. The skill training programmes primarily help women to learn transferable skills, which can be used by them to become self-sufficient and economically independent. It also gives these women a sense of exposure and confidence to become self-reliant.
JWP has had a long association with the M/s. Usha International Ltd., who have continually supported us in training women. They conducted a 7-day course, under their scheme ‘Usha Silai School’ for our community women in Nithari. Women, who trained under the scheme, had received free sewing machines at the end of the capsule course. The certificate enabled them to start tailoring centres and stitch clothes on order. This self-reliance skill training trained over 12 women and these women continue to train many young women in their own community.
We have different types of skill-triaining programmes being conducted at our centres.
Nithari Noida- At the Mera Sahara Centre, women and young girls are trained in computer classes, tailoring and embroidery and adult education. There young girls are also trained to become resource persons, who convey to us the local needs of the community people. They are also trained to become health workers, spreading the good practices of health, nutrition and well-being, in the neighbourhood.
Faridabad- At the ‘Meheka Angan’ Centre in Faridabad, regular training and skill development programmes are conducted by Kiran Arora and team in tailoring, adult education and legal literacy. Women are given awareness on basic legal procedures to be followed for divorce, and maintenance, how to file a First Information Report with the police when faced with domestic violence. When a complaint is lodged with the police, the contents the applicants need to cover under these procedures are discussed and taught during their community meetings. Domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace are constant occurrences. With minority women, special attention is paid for imparting information pertaining to their personal laws and how to use the family courts to address their complaints.
Kasauni, Uttharkhand- At the Kasauni Centre of JWP, single women/mothers and widows are being trained in the art of durry-making. These durries are later sold in the market, which helps them sustain their livelihoods. The Uttarakhand project aims to develop skill along with adult literacy and awareness programmes and follow the JWP pattern for empowerment of women, children and the community. Recently, they held a training camp to teach women to make and use new and improved tools for agricultural purposes.
Halishahar Women’s Programme, West Bengal- The West Bengal branch of JWP runs a programme for the education of community children. This is managed by Ajay Mazumdar. This area consists of migrants who are extremely poor and are mostly involved in rag picking and begging. The children often become prey to trafficking for prostitution and forced labour. The programme primarily emphasizes education, health intervention, legal rights and skill training for the women such as sewing and doll-making and marketing. Occasional meetings are held with women and community members to inform them about new policies of the Government policies and how to use them.