Dad’s the way it’s done, say NGOs

While initiatives to empower women are on the rise, a city NGO has taken up the work of sensitising the opposite sex as well. Bapanchi Shala, a gender sensitisation campaign aimed at men, aims to challenge traditional notions of masculinity and to encourage men to be better fathers to their daughters, gentler role models for their sons and to respect women in general.

Ten NGOs from different cities of Maharashtra have come together to develop this campaign in September 2012. In Pune, the NGO Samyak carries out the campaign in urban slum areas such as Tukainagar, Meena Tai Thakre Vasahat, Ambedkarnagar and Savitri Nagar, while the Nari Samata Manch is in charge of villages in the fringe areas of Pune.

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