In order to promote gender equality, guaranteed by Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, we need to change the mode of interaction at all levels – home, school, and workplace and so on. To increase the outreach for creating an environment that fosters equal treatment, Government of India envisages engagement of Gender Champions in all schools and colleges across the country. Gender Champions can be any student above 16 years of age enrolled in educational institutions. It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Gender socialization of both boys and girls begins early, and it is important to initiate change processes at a young age to shape attitudes and transform behaviors. Schools and colleges play a major role in this regard. Creating positive social norms in educational institutions that value girls and their rights is important to improve the well-being of girls and achieve long-term and sustainable social change.
India is home to around 232 million individuals’ aged l5-24 years, who account for 19.15% of the country’s population. Engaging with these young boys and girls is crucial to help them critically assess notions of masculinity and question prevailing gender inequities.
In order to promote gender equality, The Gender Champions Club of our College was formed on 28th January 2021, to change the mode of interaction at our college, our homes as well as our society. We the gender champions of our college are envisaged to create an environment that fosters equal treatment in our college as well as our society.
Gender Champions are envisaged as responsible leaders who will facilitate an enabling environment within their academic institutions where girls are treated with dignity and respect. They will strengthen the potential of young girls and boys to advocate for gender equality and monitor progress towards gender justice.
The broad mandate of a Gender Champion is to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men in society. The aim is to make the young boys and girls gender sensitive and create positive social norms that value the girls and their rights.
Roles and Responsibilities of Gender Champions Club
Provide overall guidance to the peer group in integrating gender in all activities.
Engage a variety of stakeholders in gender mainstreaming activities.
Organize awareness programmes on various gender issues to influence behaviour change.
Organize college fests on the theme of gender equality and women’s empowerment and encourage students to sign up and express their support for gender justice and equality..
Display the best practices through exhibitions, fests, annual magazines etc.