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In March, The Center for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, a department of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, completed a one-month workshop with the Central Reserve Police Force in the Srinagar Sector, Kashmir. The Amrita Gender Workshop Series consisted of two phases of training in which the team from Amrita trained and certified master trainers of the Indian Armed Forces.
The master trainers included Assistant Commandants and Deputy Commandants with CRPF and four Majors from the Indian Army. The Amrita team also designed and provided hand-holding support for the subsequent phase of training, in which the master trainers conducted the TtT (train the trainer) sessions for more than 500 inspectors and jawans with CRPF. The new trainers will educate more than 25,000 CRPF jawans over a six-month period.
Dr. Bhavani Rao R., Director, AMMACHI Labs, and her team from Amrita also organized a one-day workshop for the commandants of various battalions. In addition, the Amrita team participated in the International Women’s Day celebrations at one of the CRPF battalions in Srinagar and interacted with the wives of officers and jawans.
Charu Sinha IPS, IG Srinagar Sector, distributed the Master Trainer and Course completion certificates to the successful master trainers on March 12, 2021. Currently, the Amrita team is designing an app to monitor the third phase of training, as well as creating video-based content to support the scaling of the training. As part of the workshop series, a custom training module will be designed and offered to the spouses and family members of CRPF jawans in the coming months.
About Amrita Gender Conversation Workshop Series
The Gender Conversation Workshop addresses the issue of gender equality, masculinity, and mental health at the individual, household, and community levels. The ultimate purpose is to promote the wellbeing of the CRPF servicemen and women and improve their overall morale. This is a unique program that involves awareness building and training to encourage healthy dialogue on gender and mental health among the CRPF personnel and their families. It also seeks to promote them as positive role models at the community level.
The workshops are split into two distinct sections: