Rajesh Sood

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Rajesh Sood
Posted over 2 years ago
What projects can help girls in developing countries?
I recently had the opportunity of interacting with a group of NSS students of age group 16-18 years at Rajpur, about 50 kn from Dharamshala. We engaged with children, on a dialogue on self realisation (not spiritual) - with focus to expose them to communication and personality development. We also brainstormed on problems of society and how each of us can contribute towards change personally. I learnt form this experience that girl children need to be engaged in dialogue on their vision, aim, skills needed for achieving the goals- sot hat they have clarity of purpose- and can focus their energy. Also interventions for personality development of girl children in government schools is the need of the hour. More important, is to sesnsitise the teacher and male children also on gender issues, and there is denial of gender issues esp among males. presently teachers are not trained to address these issues. Some social activists can facilitate small changes and create models.
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Rajesh Sood
Posted over 2 years ago
What projects can help girls in developing countries?
As males and females grow up, they are exposed to and internalize societal messages about appropriate behaviors for men versus women. Often these gender norms encourage roles and behaviors that are inequitable and harmful, which can place men and their sexual partners at risk of various negative health outcomes, including HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) As part of this socialization process, styles of interaction in intimate relationships are often “rehearsed” during adolescence, and continue into adult relationships. Young men mature in a male-dominated context, with little or no sex education. Under these circumstances, masculinity often becomes characterized by male sexual dominance, unequal gender attitudes and behaviours, harassment or teasing of young women by men. Negative consequences include gender-based violence, sexual abuse of women as expressions of masculinity. For example some young men may feel pressure to prove their sexual prowess by having unprotected sexual relationships, & feel hindered from seeking information about sexual and reproductive health and HIV issues, and face peer pressure to prove their dominance over girls. Young men have misperceptions about their own bodies, about HIV/STI transmission. Young men often view sexual initiation as a way to demonstrate that they are “real” men; that is, to affirm their identity as men. Boys often feel that they must repeatedly prove their manhood through sexual activity leading to risk of HIV and STI. So the dream project is to create a gender equitable society through dialogue with males as well as females on responsible behaviour, and mutual respect. We have made small beginning through C- Life training of RRC Youth on gender in Kangra (HP).