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Gender Sensitivity Education for the Salesian Family in Chennai
By INM BIS Correspondent
Chennai, Mar. 31. Representatives from the various groups of the Salesian Family had a three-day ''Training for Trainers'' programme on Gender Equity Education on 27-29 March at DBICA, Chennai. The interactive programme was intended to give the participants clear concepts on gender equity, better understanding of the laws for the protection of women and to provide the participants with a framework for gender analysis and ways of addressing situations of violation against women.
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The resource team consisted of Ms. Nirmala Selvam, a Trainer & Consultant, Ms. Esther Mariaselvam from Action Aid and Mrs. Lalitha, an Advocate from the Madras High Court. The training included preparation of pilot modules for imparting gender equity education to various target groups. At the end of the training the participants drew up strategies to promote Gender Sensitivity Education in educational institutions, among women's groups and health care units, in parish communities and through social developments projects.

The programme was coordinated by Mrs. Vallary Patrick, a Salesian Cooperator and Professor, Department of Social Work at Loyola College. The Salesian Family groups represented at the workshop were the FMA, SMA, VDB, SDB and Salesian Cooperators.

The highlights of strategies planned are: (1) A core team consisting of Mrs. Vallary Patrick and Mr. John Alex (Salesian Cooperators), Ms U. Sudha (VDB), Mrs. Nirmala  Selvam (Trainer) to take forward the process of the Gender Equity Education; (2) Preparation of a curriculum for Gender Education which could be introduced in various settings of education; (3) Plan events which celebrate women and to make them occasions of imparting knowledge on gender issues; (4)To offer training on gender education to teachers and animators of other sectors; and (5) To keep the participants informed of opportunities of updating on gender issues.

Fr. Raphael Jayapalan, the Provincial of Chennai, in his inaugural address, said that Gender Sensitivity should be seen from the perspective of access to available resources, basic services and inclusiveness in all spheres. Fr. Noel Maddhichetty, the National Delegate for the Salesian Family, said this was the fourth programme of Gender Sensitivity Education organised by the Salesian Family in India to mark the Bicentenary of Don Bosco. The earlier programmes were held at Ranchi, Hyderabad and Odisha.

The entire event was organized by the Salesian Cooperators of Chennai province.
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