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CERES Global working with Women’s groups in India

Posted in Movements, Visions by ceres on August 14th, 2012

Women cooking pirchandikulum

Each year CERES Global spends 6 weeks in India and invites interested people to join us on a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. As a past participant explains, “I took away a sense of humanity of possibility, a beautiful sense of how big the world is”.

CERES Global works with communities and organisations in India to generate solutions that are community driven and meet the needs identified by members of the community. Project sustainability is a key aspect of successfully engaging with communities and projects are designed and implemented with these principles in mind.

We will be holding a number of information sessions for people interested in learning more about our trips and how they can get involved:

Information sessions
6.30pm 23rd August
6.30pm 20th September
6.30pm 18th October
6.30pm 8th November

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, crn Roberts and Stewart Streets, East Brunswick, VIC (enter via the Lee street gates). Please RSVP to the contacts below

For more information contact Sophie on – (03) 9389 0183 or ceresglobal@ceres.org.au
Or visit our website http://www.ceres.org.au/global

Our projects in India, often involve working with women’s groups. A past participant explains her experience:

“Working with the women’s groups in Pitchandikulam was one of the most enriching and enlightening experiences I have had. Nothing could have prepared me for the impact these amazing women’s stories had on me. They shared with us their heartbreaking stories, but also described how being part of the women’s group brought meaning and joy into their lives. Rachel and I ran an interactive workshop with the women on family violence, where we explored different types of violence and educated the women about the family violence laws in Australia. This proved to be an incredible cross-cultural learning experience for both the women and for us. One woman spoke of solving the problem of violence in her marriage by ‘being silent and compromising to work things out’. I believe that the women benefited from the workshop by gaining an insight into how other cultures conceptualise family violence, and how women’s rights are protected. Education is the first step to change, and a seed has undoubtedly been planted in these women’s minds about the impact of violence on their children and how these patterns of violence are transmitted from one generation to the next. If these women pass on this knowledge to their sons and daughters, theirs could be the generation to stop the cycle of violence. Sharing Australia’s message of ‘End the Silence, Stop the Violence’ was powerful for these women, and their group is the perfect forum in which to take the first step and ‘end the silence’. The impact that the women’s group had on me continues to be apparent in my daily life. I have an incredibly new perspective on my own life, and the way I live my life. Even the way I engage with people has changed, and I believe the courage the woman showed in sharing their stories has given me greater courage in my own life and in my relationships. I carry these women’s stories around with me each day and I feel so honoured to be able to do so. I am so grateful for this experience, and I can’t wait to return.” Samantha Warren , Student, Masters of Counselling Psychology 2011.

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