The School of Social Sciences, Assam Kaziranga University, Jorhat, organized a 'Gender Sensitization Programme' workshop with Durga India on 2nd November 2021 on the university campus. Durga India is a non-profit organization based in Bangalore that works on various issues related to women and their problems. Their main goal is to make society aware of the problems and various forms of abuse that women experience daily and effectively address these problems. The sole purpose of creating Durga was to ensure women's safety from everyday instances of harassment. The resource persons for the workshop were Margaret Johnson, the Youth Engagement Strategist and Antara Buzarbaruah, who works in the learning and documentation team of the organization. The workshop's objective was to create a safe space for the students to freely express their problems in family, educational institutions or public places.
The resource persons started the session by briefly introducing themselves and the organization. After that, there was an ice breaking session where the students were actively involved in various fun activities to break the hesitation and freely interact with the facilitators. Each student was given a sheet of paper with questions to assess their opinions on specific questions and reasoning skills.
After a short break, the 2nd session of the day started with a refreshing activity, after which there was an interactive discussion between the facilitator and the students on various topics like Gender, Safety, Respect, Trust, Gender-based violence and its causes. The students gave their opinions about each topic and actively took part in the discussion. The facilitator then initiated another activity called Columbian Hypnosis, i.e. understanding the role of the power play, which taught the students how to break the dominant power and equally divide it.
The workshop ended with positive feedback from the students and words of appreciation by the resource people and the faculty. A total of 83 students attended the workshop and actively participated in it. The workshop was indeed a learning experience and a safe space for the students.