We can think and we can definitely Create!

Deepa Pawar
Posted August 30, 2018 from India

I am belonging to a historically oppressed community, has been working for over a decade with girls, youth and women living in extremely vulnerable conditions. My activism began at 14 when I was suddenly lost my father, and along with my younger sisters and mother, had to fight extreme poverty, ostracization and violence. I started working in an NGO, and saw that many other girls and women were suffering due to a severe lack of gender and sexual literacy. Young men told her how they would harass girls at the roadside, not realising their behaviour was violent. Young women stated how they had not even properly looked at their own bodies, much less understand sexual health or speak against violence. Anubhuti was thus formed, by me bringing together like-minded young women working in the grassroot and shared my belief to make society literate in gender and sexual justice. Members of Anubhuti have been spreading awareness of body literacy and dignity in rural, tribal and urban Maharashtra; Training youth in more gender and sexually equitable behaviour; Enabling women and men to have equal relationships - by communicating with each other and together taking decisions regarding sexual and reproductive health; And advocating and collaborating with government officials for better sexual and reproductive health policies. Till date, over 10000 youth, women, men and authorities have benefited directly and almost 50000 indirectly. Anubhuti envisions youth and women themselves leading this change and is successfully developing many more grassroot leaders to take this movement ahead.#SharirSanvaadAbhiyan  

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SHILPA KASHELKAR
Aug 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Dear Deepa
thanks for sharing story....You are real motivator for all of us.

Deepa Pawar
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

Thank you Shilpa

Archana Vaidya
Aug 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Thanks Deepa for sharing this

Deepa Pawar
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

Thank you so much for reading Archana

jlanghus
Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Hi Deepa,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story with us. 14 is a very early age to be that wise... I'm very impressed! I'm also impressed with how much impact you have made in your organization. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Have a great day!

Deepa Pawar
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

Thank you so much, is wonderful to connect with you

jlanghus
Sep 13, 2018
Sep 13, 2018

You're welcome:) It's great to connect with you, too:-)

Juliet Acom
Mar 05
Mar 05

Well done Deepa,
Thank you for sharing your story and empowering fellow women in your part of the world.

I wish you all the best