Ranjani K Murthy, Vasantha R., Assumpta P., Gilbert Rodrigo and monitoring team, 2021
The grassroots NGO Gandhian Unit for Integrated Development Education (GUIDE)- a women’s rights organisation with vision of empowering women- received support from Women Fund Asia for facilitating a study on monitoring progress on Beijing+25 in two southern states Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The monitoring process was both desk/statistics based and based on marginalised women’s monitoring of progress on Beijing+25.
Around 12 women leaders (including a person with disability and a transwoman) of grassroots NGOs and community-based women’s organisation from 12 districts took part in five discussions over google meet in 2021, as there were restrictions on travel. The organisations included those working with Dalits, Adivasis, Christians, Muslims, differently abled and transgenders. Each meeting lasted for around one and a half hours, and was facilitated by the authors for pilot testing the questions for exploration along with other field volunteers of GUIDE.
From 12 critical areas of concern of Beijing PFA, a total of 7 areas of concerns were prioritized (with two being combined during discussions), namely:
Preliminary questions were evolved by the authors with other staff of GUIDE under each critical area in keeping with priorities listed in the Beijing PFA. Photos were identified for exploring each question during pilot testing, which were modified subsequently based on feedback of the women leaders). Using photos provoked discussions on changes, if any, in:
The questions using the photos explored changes- positive and negative- in the five years preceding March, 2020 when the pandemic started in districts and states/provinces represented by the NGOs and community organisations in the google meet.
The pilot testing pointed to gaps in questions:
The plan is to carry out FGDs in 100 villages (with 20 villages from a selected district from a cluster of about 8 districts, thus working out to be 5 clusters, with the involvement of about 2000 women) on progress and challenges towards Beijing PFA and draft the report
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