INDIA – Women’s Leadership Course by Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)’s Indian Academy for Self Employed Women (IASEW), led by Director Namrata Bali

INDIA – Women’s Leadership Course by Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)’s Indian Academy for Self Employed Women (IASEW), led by Director Namrata Bali

The Indian Academy for Self Employed Women (IASEW) started their four day Women’s Leadership course on OLA in July, after the course was translated into Gujurati. This online and face to face education programme was led by Namrata Bali, director of IASEW. In Pakistan their programme was led by Khalid Mahmood, director of LEF. On the first day IASEW said on Facebook: “This time the online Women Leadership Course is in their mother tongue! Participants of third batch are charged up with the positive energy. More than 20 participants are enrolled in the course.

IASEW also reported that the participants were mixed in terms of being teachers and trainers – with very different levels of education. Pictured here is Manjulaben Parmar: “Don’t go on my grey hair, I am still studying and enhancing my knowledge. So what, if I am only 64 years old!”

IASEW reports that all participants were excited about going digital. Since this was the third time doing the Women’s Leadership Course, IASEW decided to change their strategy: “… (F)or making it a more interactive and good learning experience, all participants will be seated at one location so that there will be lateral learning environment. Options of reading, writing, sharing, dialogue and scanning will be altogether at one space.”

IASEW reported that the participants showed a high level of commitment, even though the state of Gujarat experienced a natural disaster during this time with heavy rains causing flooding and water logging.

The IASEW team went on to have an interactive exchange led by Namrata Bali, with the trade unionists of LEF’s Gender Equity Course, led by Khalid Mahmood for LEF. As IASEW said: “Knowledge has no boundaries!” All agreed that “gender equality is still a huge problem across the globe. Women’s rights remains a critical issue.” Participants from Pakistan shared their learnings on “Gender Equality” with the researchers and trainers of IASEW. The IASEW team also shared their valuable methods of conducting training and tackling such sensitive issues. IASEW stated: “IFWEA’s Online Labour Academy programme is reducing the distance and giving an opportunity to share valuable knowledge across borders.”

©sources: Namrata Bali, Khalid Mahmood, Facebook