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Committee On Gender Awareness

Committee on Gender Awareness and Mainstreaming in PRIA (CGAMP)

PRIA's vision of a desirable world is where relations across individuals and families, communities and nations are characterized by equity and justice. Besides socio-economic equality, PRIA believes in gender justice as the cornerstone of such relations in the family, community and society. Its mission directs it to work towards promotion of policies, institutions and capacities that strengthen the voice and participation of the poor and the marginalized in democratic governance in society.

PRIA's analysis of the existing situation of discrimination in society provides the basis for identifying the poor and marginalized, especially women. It believes that gender discrimination necessitates focusing upon changing women's roles and status, as agents and leaders of change. PRIA's core values that inform its interventions, therefore, include mainstreaming gender-justice and equity through analysis of social reality, organizational policies, systems and structures, and program priorities and plans, as integral to its vision.

Adhering to its commitment to gender-justice PRIA formed a Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) in December 1998. This decision was also in response to the Supreme Court guidelines to constitute a committee against sexual harassment. CASH in PRIA was in existence for two years (till 2001). It then evolved into becoming the Committee on Gender Awareness and Mainstreaming in PRIA (CGAMP).

The Committee has well-defined Terms of Reference which act as guidelines to its functioning.

Structure of CGAMP

Constitution

A maximum of seven persons representing the different levels and programs of PRIA constitute the CGAMP. The gender balance is ensured in the constitution process. The Chairperson of the CGAMP is always a woman. It is ensured by the ex-committee that the new members represent different levels in the hierarchy.

Membership Criteria

For nomination to CGAMP, the staff should meet the basic minimum criterion for selections.

They should:

  • Have worked in PRIA for a minimum of two years.
  • Be articulate and be able to express their views and those of other colleagues.
  • Have the reputation of being able to maintain confidentiality, having a positive stand on gender issues.
  • Enjoy a good rapport with the staff, and have the respect of colleagues in terms of being non-biased and non-judgmental
  • Have the ability to work in a collective and inclusive manner

Tenure of CGAMP

CGAMP has tenure of two years. After two years a review is conducted to assess its work. The newly constituted CGAMP then build on this assessment exercise.

Of the seven members of the Committee, one-third of them are replaced to lend continuity to the efforts of the group. Only in exceptional circumstances more members can be replaced.

Current CGAMP Members

Ms. Nandita Pradhan (Chairperson)

Ms. Bindu Baby

Dr. Anshuman Karol

Ms. Soja Mathew

Mr. P.P. Joseph

 

Focal Points for Field Offices

 

Mr. Jobin George (Ranchi)

Mr. VSN Murthy (Hyderabad)

Mr. Ramesh Yadawar (Ajmer)

Ms. Sonia Khatri (Panipat)

Mr. Subodh Kumar Gupta (Jaipur, Banswara, Barmer)

Ms. Suruchi Sharma (Jhansi)

Ms. Rashmi Ranjan (Muzaffarpur)

Ms. Suvekcha Tamang (North Bengal/Sikkim)

Functions of CGAMP

The functions of CGAMP have been broadly divided into three categories:

Institutional Function

CGAMP works towards ensuring that all staff policies, service rules and regulations of the organization are gender sensitive. Periodic reviews of the same are done through a gender lens to ensure gender sensitivity. The policies include recruitment and induction, performance review, and creating and promoting a gender sensitive work environment within the organization and its field offices.

Internal Function

CGAMP works to create a gender-sensitive environment and approach at PRIA. Through internal training programs and exposures, the staff is sensitized to issues of gender in the context of personal lives and professional roles, as well as gender issues in society. These capacity building interventions take place regularly in the head office and the field offices of PRIA. CGAMP also addresses complaints relating to sexual harassment of or by staff members. It has created structures and systems where staff members are free to seek redressal of their complaints.

External Function

CGAMP is also involved in initiating similar processes with other organizations. It plays a catalytic role in initiating similar committees with partner organizations.

Testimonials

  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kavita
    Kishori Panchayat Member
    Bihar
  • PRIA works for educating voters and making them conscious of discharging their duties as responsible citizens

    Dr Sushil Trivedi, IAS (Retd.)
    Former State Election Commissioner
    Chhattisgarh
  • PRIA has been able to provide voice to the Dalits and has generated awareness among them to demand their rights

    Vidyanand Vikal, Chairperson
    Commission for Scheduled Castes
    Government of Bihar
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
    Parivartan
    Maharashtra
  • The partnership between University of Victoria, a Northern university, and PRIA, a Southern institution, enables us to make some real contributions to building capacities in the global South

    Prof. Budd Hall, Co-Chair
    UNESCO Chair for Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education
    University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Rajlakshmi
    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
    Lucknow
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • A delegation of elected members and officials from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka was exposed to PRIAâ??s exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service deliver

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University

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