About the program

Kadam Badhate Chalo is a unique collaboration between youth and the community for taking collective action on ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) in their communities. India is home to 356 million youth and they are critical stakeholders in efforts to end violence against women and girls. As future leaders, the youth can use their knowledge, power and passion to challenge negative attitudes, gender stereotypes and behaviour that lead to VAWG.

The program calls upon the youth to identify and address the issues of VAWG in the community and provides them with tools and skills to be effective in leading this change. It thrives on a partnership model which involves the inclusion of these young people working in close proximity with the members of community groups including all individuals directly linked to the everyday lives of young girls including parents, teaching and non-teaching staff of educational institutes, persons who are related to delivery of services (public transport, shopkeepers etc.), local elected leaders, citizen leaders and other members of the community. The youth then become of influence in their homes, communities, and other institutions and work with the government, police, and other institutions to bring about a change.

The program is designed with an assumption that changing gender relations and equations is essential in addressing violence against women and girls and this cannot be done without the active participation of the youth and young men in particular in the community.

What we do

Collectivise Youth: We collaborate with schools, colleges, universities, and communities to collective youth and encourage them to assess their role in social transformation. They are given the tools to critically analyse issues of VAWG that affect their communities. In 3 years (till 2019), we have reached out to 32,000 young people across 27 locations.

Build Youth Leadership: Sport, cultural events, and participatory trainings were undertaken to build soft skills such as leadership, communication, team work, team-building, self-esteem and handling peer pressure in the youth to equip them to take charge of design, strategy and implementation of KBC. The project also encourages peer-learning for better results. In the three years (2016-2019), 3369 (Boys: 1662; Girls: 1707) youth leaders have been trained.

Participatory Safety Audits (PSAs): Youth leaders and capacitated to conduct PSAs in their communities, schools, colleges, and public places to analyse how safe these spaces are for women. This leads to a collective consciousness of the ground reality and can be built on to make spaces more women-friendly. In 2018-19, the youth were successfully able to do 65 PSAs in 6 locations.

Institutional Engagement: Youth leaders share their PSA findings with relevant institutions like schools/colleges, panchayats. Police or ward/block administration to mobilise their support. A key feature of KBC is its demand for both individual and institutional accountability to ensure sustained success of the programme.

Youth-led Campaigning: Youth leaders are supported to undertake intensive campaigning in their communities to mobilise the support of their families, neighbours, and community leaders to end VAWG. In total more than 4000 community members were reached through the youth led events in 6 locations.

Other programs:

Go Girls Go

Go Girls Go is a pilot project in 4 government schools of Delhi which focuses on girls and assists upon completing their education through academics and vocational activities to strengthen their agency to lead change. The project also aims for adolescent girls to learn and exercise their agency, sensitisation of adolescent boys to gender equal norms and prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and educational institutions to provide equitable education to students of all genders. The program is funded by the Embassy of The Netherlands in India and supported by the Delhi Government.

No More Boundaries

#NoMoreBoundaries program takes an integrated approach to combating VAWG, and strengthening voice, self-reliance and economic participation of young girls. The program engages with approx. 3000 adolescent boys and girls (approx. 1200 girls and 1800 boys) in 10 secondary schools and Industrial Technical Institutes in Sonepat. The program envisages these young girls and boys becoming gender sensitive, learning how taboos and restrictions on young girls limit their agency and voice in decision making – in families and communities. As part of the program, gender and life skills sessions and adolescent health and hygiene sessions are also conducted for students. The students were also equipped to conduct participatory safety assessments in their communities and schools.