Training on gender, democracy and citizenship


There is an increasing awareness about role of youth in building a more just and equitable society. Within the context of decentralised democratic processes, the youth groups, if trained and sensitised, have a tremendous potential to play a more pro-active role as human rights defenders.

In order to fulfill their roles as active and responsible citizens, the rural youth needs special skills, training and capacity building as they are deprived of real education. In order to build consciousness around multiple issues of justice, peace and harmony at the family, community and societal levels, the selected leaders required to be trained to exercise their rights as civil society members.

With this intention, Jagori Rural Charitable Trust is organising a two week training course on Gender, Democracy and Citizienship from May 26 to June 10, 2008 at Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India.

About Jagori

Jagori (Woman awake!) is a women’s training, documentation, communication and resource centre that was started in 1984. In the last twenty-two years, the organisation has focused on evolving strategies to reach out to grassroots women’s groups and building a broad based leadership amongst marginalised women.

Jagori Rural Expansion Program

Jagori began its work in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh in September 2003. This district has shown the sharpest decline in the child sex ratios over 10 years, from 939 in 1991 down to 836 in 2001, was selected and the rural program started.

Main objectives are illustrated as under:

  • To support women’s and youth collectives at the village level in building a movement for gender, class caste equality/equity.
  • Leadership building among rural women’s and youth.
  • To create awareness on issues such as violence against women, declining sex ratios, adolescence problems, holistic living and sustainable agriculture.

Presently Jagori is working in 50 villages of three development blocks of Kangra district i.e. Rait, Kangra, Nagrota and Surian. The chief advisor to the rural program is Abha Bhaiya, a well-known feminist activist and founder member of Jagori. She has been actively involved in the women’s movement in India and is a gender trainer of international repute.

Jagori is also running two information centres in collaboration with OneWorld South Asia. The objective is to provide need based information to the rural communities and sensitise community on gender issues, reproductive and child health through the use of information communication techniques (ICTs).

Participants should be between 14-25 years and associated with NGOs. Each organisation is requested to send four participants (2 girls and 2 boys) along with case studies, success stories, samples of your work along with you.

All completed applications (see below for the registration from) for the course must be received by Jagori Himachal by April 30, 2008. Please enclose some preliminary information about yourself and your work.

Participants will be notified as soon as the list is finalised.

Expenses such as accommodation and food for the duration of the training, cost of course material as well as travel expenses will be taken care of by Jagori, from the funding support provided by The SRTT-Mumbai.

Training venue

Jagori Himachal
Training and Research Academy
V.P.O. Rakkar (Sidhbari)
District Kangra
Himachal Pradesh (H.P.)

For further information, contact:

Jagori Himachal
C/O Pathania Bungalow
VPO Sidhpur near Education Board Colony
District Kangra
H.P. -176057
Tel: 01892 – 246857, 91-9418602726


Registration form

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