With the CrowdGuard training programme we aim to raise awareness about sexual and gender based violence, build empathy, and spread knowledge about self-assertion, safe intervention, and individual rights. In 2017 we extended the programme to include information about civil law complaint venues such as the PWDV and POSH Acts.
The workshop structure is based on our Tagore-inspired RAKHI structure: R stands for respecting your own and other people’s bodily integrity; A reminds you to stay alert and accept the situation, both as helper and potential person in need; K is about knowing the barriers of bystander intervention; H equips you with skills to overcome these hurdles; and I summarises the intervention content and shows how your contribution can inspire others to help as well.
A typical workshop runs for 78 minutes and includes topics varying from ice-breaker activities, empathy exercise, to intervention and inspiration of others, focusing on some major issues such as making a safety plan, obligations and rights under the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act (POSH Act), the bystander barriers and how to overcome them.
With gender-specific follow-up workshop modules we raise women’s self-assertiveness and help men to reflect harmful practices, and provide them with constructive role-models.
Additionally we provide training for both community managers and complaint committee members on the POSH Act specifics.
For the pilot phase in Delhi NCR we have partnered with the women-led student organisation HopeInU and its members to bring the CrowdGuard bystander workshops to students across Delhi NCR. The workshops are being facilitated by college-going CrowdGuard Youth Ambassadors, as empirical studies have shown that peer-based violence prevention and bystander activation programmes are most effective.
Currently we are experimenting with electronic workshop delivery to scale our training efforts. We are looking to partner with e-learning specialists and media producers. If you want to contribute your talents towards our mission please drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org