A sustainable change in an inclusive society cannot prosper on an unleveled field of gender disparity. NeoFusion Creative Foundation’s consistent work over the past two years aligning and accelerating the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, primarily Goal#5 – Gender Equality, has started to create ripples in the lives of its students. All students, at NeoFusion have engaged in open conversations on forbidden yet critically significant issues on menstruation, gender on the spectrum, and how gender shows up in their daily social lives. Self-awareness in the students was bolstered through a platform to express their voices, both through – theatre workshops and the launch of campaign #IWANATALK amidst the pandemic year.
Theatre provided students an opportunity to write the play, plan and express themselves. The process underscored grave social challenges faced amongst adolescents and youth such as sexual abuse, identity loss, navigating emotional disturbances. The campaign #IWANATALK live-streamed stories of the youth who needed to be heard which was supported and appreciated across various social media platforms. As a result, we reached and impacted the lives of over 500 individuals, including parents, families, and friends of our students.
To concretize this initiative and make it accessible to other adolescents and youth, on 2nd February 2021, The International Sexuality Education Day, we launched project Samvaad (dialogue). The project aims to create a safe space for adolescents’ and youth’s socio-emotional wellbeing along with a comprehensive sexuality education pedagogy approach that allows students to relate with their reality and make active learning empowering them as change-makers.
We have a specialized team of experts from various fields on our panel – Psychologists, Legal Advisors, Counsellors, Art Mentors. A comprehensive module on sexuality education is developed and we also engage in educational awareness through our creative social media handles on Facebook/Instagram that has garnered great public responses, including – queries on supporting non-binary children; dealing with physiological/emotional disturbances during puberty, etc.
With Samvaad’s unique educational model (SDG#4) at the helm, we will be making a direct contribution to the achievement of SDG#3 – Good Health and Wellbeing, thereby resulting in SDG#10 – Reduced Inequalities.
“I was shooed away; nobody answered my questions on puberty, and I had to take advice from friends of same age struggling themselves, social media and often passed misinformation.”…..(Current Student)
Team – Project Samvaad
Project Heads: Swati Vohra
Creative Head – Kuhoo Bhatnagar