Building Slum Youth Leadership: Changing Communities

Building Slum Youth Leadership: Changing Communities

Funded by India Urban Youth Fund and in partnership with Youth Movement for Active Citizenship
Armed with questions and the will to make a difference in their own slum neighbourhood, 30 youth hailing from different pockets of the city were welcomed for a year-long research fellowship programme in March 2014. PUKAR was the partner organisation, lending venue for workshops, resource personnel help and in addition, support to structure the programme.
The fellows were divided into three groups based on their community and neighbourhood affiliations. By the end of the fellowship programme, there were 17 dedicated youth, who were engaged in dissemination events to create awareness around their research topics.
After several rounds of discussions, the groups zeroed in on the following research topics, which highlighted the concerns and realities that they inhabited.
MARD Being TO HUMAN Being GROUP: Mainly comprising college-going students and young professionals, this group explored the various perceptions and ideas related to the construction of masculinity.
REBELLION GROUP: Made up of young women from Mumbra’s Rehnuma Library Centre, the group explored the taboos and perceptions related to menstruation in Mumbra. They also looked at the various practised rituals.
LALLUBHAI COMPOUND GROUP: Having braved the various setbacks of rehabilitation, this group of young men explored the lived experiences and perceptions of the Project Affected Persons living in one of the city’s largest rehabilitation colony, Lallubhai Compound.

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