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Ensure Women’s Safety through Gender Sensitisation

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Ensure Women’s Safety through Gender Sensitisation

Make Gender Sensitisation compulsory in the school curriculum

Petitioning Union HRD Minister

A Tata Tea Campaign, in association with Network 18

TO MAKE GENDER SENSITISATION COMPULSORY IN SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Petitioning Union HRD Minister

Crimes against women are on the rise, and most of these crimes have their roots firmly entrenched in mindsets that harbour gender-biased notions. Sensitising adolescents in their formative years is an impactful method to bring about the desired attitudinal change.

We petition to the HRD Ministry to bring in compulsory gender sensitivity programs across schools that involve a comprehensive program and employ methods of storytelling, experiential learning and empirical learning.

TO MAKE GENDER SENSITISATION COMPULSORY IN SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Petitioning Union HRD Minister

A Tata Tea Campaign, in association with Network 18

According to National Crime Record Bureau, crimes against women in India rose from 41.7% to 53.9% between 2011 and 2015.

In 2015, 3,27,394 cases of violence against women​ were reported, including 34,651 cases of rape, 4,437 cases of attempted rape, 59,277 kidnapping and abductions, 7,634 dowry deaths, and 1,13,403 cases of domestic cruelty, among others. These numbers barely paint the whole picture. Gender-based discrimination continues to encourage selective abortion of female fetuses, child marriages and limit opportunities for girls.

It is time we as a nation, listen and understand.

We need to be more aware of the challenges women and girls in our country still face, and build a gender-sensitive and gender-equitable society. Attitude formation among adolescents is important to understand, since they are still at an age where attitudes are malleable, and could be reformed with targeted policy interventions.

Justice R Banumathi, who was a part of the bench that upheld the death penalty to four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, suggested that gender equality be included in the school curriculum.

“In our tradition-bound society, certain attitudinal change and change in the mindset is needed to respect women and to ensure gender justice. Right from childhood years, children ought to be sensitized to respect women. A child should be taught to respect women in the same way he is taught to respect men. Gender equality should be made a part of the school curriculum. Schoolteachers and parents should be trained, not only to conduct regular personality-building and skill-enhancing exercises, but also to keep a watch on the actual behavioural patterns of the children so as to make them gender sensitized.”

With this aim, CBSE has developed a gender sensitivity kit for teachers to enable them to ensure unbiased participation of both boys and girls in the learning process. In addition to this, the POCSO Act compels schools to be create a more inclusive environment. All these are simply guidelines to schools and teachers, and not compulsory changes.

Gender sensitization cannot be a ‘subject with marks’ and can’t merely rest as one of the prescribed books in the curriculum. It needs to be a programme that is custom-developed with storytelling, experiential learning, and other empirical methods to imbibe the value in children, in a fun, interactive way.

Our Petition is to the HRD Ministry to bring in compulsory Gender Sensitivity Programmes across schools.

Sign the petition to change this now!

 
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Comments
  • Zerlina Crasto
  • 10 July 2017

i believe gender sensitization is important and right from a young age.

  • Sriharsh Grandhe
  • 10 July 2017

i am concerned about the future of our women

  • Shruti Singh
  • 10 July 2017

because according to me this may help build india up.

  • Vatan Kumar Singh
  • 10 July 2017

becuase there is still lack of awareness about gender sensitisation, that is why i am signing so that awareness programs can get to be held across all over indian schools.

  • Vasudev Kamath
  • 10 July 2017

i care for women

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