I join Nandita in welcoming you to this six month programme on understanding the issue of gender and how our views on this issue impact on our personal lives, our families and society at large.
Nandita has already spoken about the kind of work that we do in PRIA on the issue of gender discrimination and violence against women. We also are involved in working with institutions/organisations in making their spaces more gender conducive with a focus on the inclusion of women's needs. Organising gender sensitisation workshops and trainings is another area of our work. We take our participants through awareness of the different dimensions of gender - right from when we are born, into our childhood, through our adolescent years, as young adults and as we grow older and try to understand how our perceptions of gender impact on the way we live our lives and the decisions that we take.
And this is exactly the process that we are going to take you through – although in a virtual mode. Since we are a group of about 10 participants, we can even consider having a Skype conversation, suiting the timings of our international learners as well. Please remember that the success our course and learning depends upon your active participation in the discussions.
We look forward to hearing about each of you, as the first step in this learning process and the conversations and discussions that will follow.