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Chetana works for the overall development of society by creating awareness of contemporary issues and challenges presented to women and children with the aim of developing community sensitization to the issues. We educate and provide information to raise awareness that help individuals and communities make informed decisions. Our activities raise awareness about the benefits of social policies, that in turn mobilize support for them. In our activities we focus on involving community members in our campaign. We gain valuable insights into the issues affecting the community and through community participation and inclusion we support the development of more effective solutions. Therefore, by educating, advocating, empowering, engaging, and driving social change, Chetana helps create a better world for all.
Gender Sensitization Workshops
‘Boys never cry and girls don’t play cricket.” This is a simple and common statement that is used repeatedly to reinforce gender roles. Gender is something that is usually thrust upon us. More than our own beliefs, it is the society that imposes ideas of being ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’. Gender sensitization refers to the modification of behaviour by raising awareness of gender equality concerns. Gender sensitising “is about changing behaviour and instilling empathy into the views that we hold about our own and the other gender”. Gender sensitization forces us to examine our personal attitudes and beliefs and question the ‘realities’ of our knowledge. Chetana is trying to spread awareness among youth in the hope of a bias free society. The workshop are inspired by the following statement: “The world isn’t going to change overnight and neither are you. But, every time you feel suffocated by gender roles, or find yourself making presumptions about someone based on gender, stop, think and challenge yourself.” (Wason,2010) The main aim of the workshops is to tell the difference between sex and gender, spread awareness about common stereotypes and promote gender equality. The children participating in the workshop gained clarity of gender based concepts and found new ways to deal with everyday intentional/unintentional gender biases.
Workshop: The workshop begins with a few ice breaking games. It is followed by a power point presentation. The presentation talks about basic definitions and differences of sex and gender including cases studies to highlight the daily instances of gender bias. The workshop then proceeds to discuss gender empowerment through a short discussion. Activities are also conducted to assist in changing behavior towards gender roles.
Plantation and Cleanliness Drive
The air quality in Delhi, the capital of India, according to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, is worse than any major city in the world. Air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is the fifth largest killer in India. India has the world's highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the WHO. At Chetana, we care about the environment. Therefore, we organise Plantation and Cleanliness Drive to make our society healthier, greener, and a better one to live in. Chetana collaborates with key institutions and engages the youth to plant sapling and adopt trees.
- Plantation Drive
In 2017, Chetana Conscience of Women (CCW) took an initiative to plant trees in 11 schools of Delhi. This tree cleanliness and plantation drive were held in collaboration with Energy Efficient Services Limited (EESL - A Joint Venture Company of PSUs of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India). During the drive nearly 80 to 100 plants in each school, where students of classes belonging to classes 6th and above participated. Along with students, their teachers and volunteers of Chetana enthusiastically participated in the noble cause. Students adopted plants and took an oath of cleanliness and environmental conservation.
- Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Pitampura
- Government Boys Secondary School, West Patel Nagar
- C.L.Bhalla DAV School, Jhandewalan
- Government Girl Senior Secondary School, Bijwasan
- Andhra Education Society Sr. Sec. School, ITO
- Government Co-ed Senior Secondary School, Dwarka
- Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Shadi Khanpur, Ranjit Nagar
- Ramjas Sr. Sec. School, Paharganj
- Nigam Pratibha Vidyalaya, East Patel Nagar
- Andhra Society School Sector 7, Pushp Vihar
- Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Rauz Avenue, DDU Marg, ITO
The campaign saw 1000 saplings being planted with a participation of 1500+ students and 200+ volunteers
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM
Gender based violence is the most widespread human rights violation. Worldwide, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Gender based violence impacts everyone. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day. Chetana has been committed to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world. Chetana's campaign aims to create awareness to end violence against women and girls.
Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!
Chetana conducted 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an annual international campaign. The theme of the 2020 campaign is "Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!". Chetana is committed to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world. Chetana's campaign aimed to create awareness to end violence against women and girls. We raised awareness on issues of gender-based violence, child marriage, consent, female genital mutilation (FGM), gender-sensitive communication and gender sensitization. Chetana published social media posts, encouraged users to take a pledge, share their stories and thoughts with us and started the orange dot challenge. The campaign saw an engagement of 8000+ individuals.
Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls
Chetana organized the program ’16 Days of Activism’ in Delhi/ NCR region from 25 November 2017- 10 December 2017. This program started on “International Day for Violence against Women and Girls (25 November)” and commenced on “International Human Rights Day (10 December)”. The program included a campaign against Gender Based Violence. The aim of the campaign was to galvanize action, create awareness and provide counselling to end violence against women and girls in the Delhi/NCR region. During the campaign Chetana’s team of volunteers and interns did workshops in Delhi/NCR region which were attended by 250+ people, and ran a social media campaign on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. The team prepared a module for the campaign and a presentation on ‘Violence against Women and Girls’ which was presented during community meetings.
Chetana has conducted winter hugs program wherein our volunteers bring warmth during the cold winter days of Delhi to the marginalised communities. The Winter Hugs campaign seeks to bring warmth to the underprivileged communities of Delhi. Several goodies like books and stationary (pencil kits) are distributed to the kids, while families and adults are provided with warm blankets. Volunteers travel to our target areas for distribution: traffic signals, temples, metro stations, and local areas of central Delhi. The objective of the initiative was to protect the children from harsh weather conditions by giving warm clothes.
Winter Hug campaign was organised on 27th November 2019, near ITO and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. The campaign went well and warmth was spread in the cold mornings of Delhi by Chetana Volunteers. It was heart melting to see the joy we could offer to those battling the cold on the footpaths. We distributed clothes to the Rikhsha pullers and people working on the roads.
Winter Hugs campaign was organised in collaboration with Sewa International. A total of 150 blankets were distributed to children in street situation. Sh. Varun Pathak, Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee, New Delhi was the special guest at one of the distribution event. Children were engaged by our volunteers and they were informed about safety precautions that they should take including they were made aware of the child helpline number '1098'.
Chetana Conscience of Women, between 2012 to 2016 celebrated Annual Days on varied contemporary social themes such as Entrepreneurship, Gender based violence, etc. The Annual day program was attended by dignitaries like Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, serving as Minister of State for the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, Adv. Jyotika Kalra, Adv. Pragna Parande, and Smt. Jyoti Mujumdar. The function saw musical, dance and performing arts performances. The Annual Day was a medium to engage our beneficiaries and communities in a positive manner to connect with leading experts while exploring the social themes through performing arts. Awareness about both our musical and cultural diversity was presented to our audiences and distinguished dignitaries.
Seminar on Kerala Violence
CCW in collaboration with Yogakshem trust conducted a seminar on Kerala Violence. Violence is the outcome of anger that one shows to the other person. Most important thing before reacting to this is to analyze the intention and the motive of the other person. So awareness is important to take steps to mitigate this violence related to various issues. CCW aims to provide guidance to people and create awareness on how to face the issues coming up in the society , especially for women on the ways to support their marital and family life. They aim to provide counselling so that any person facing problems can contact for consultation and take viable steps to cater the issue. One such event was held by Chetana Conscience of Women in association with Yogakshem Trust wherein we organized a seminar on communist violence in Kerala. The seminar aimed to bring to the forefront the ongoing brutalities inflicted on the people of Kerala. Eminent lawyers and public speakers including Monika Aroraji, K.N.Pillaiji took the stage to highlight the cause behind this violence on the innocent residents of Kanoor District, Kerala.