Womenite, taps remarkably into the horizon of human cognition, creates a space that liberates the knots that have been forcefully built over the years, and puts forth the varied set of incredible knowledge, at an uplifting lack of centres within the substance of various ideologies.
The change that we have been looking forward to taking place at the outside, must begin from within the inside, and it gives us immense joy to discover the intrinsic journeys that Womenite has been inspiringly conducting.
Harshit Gupta, a 22-year-old engineer, is the founder of the Womenite, and is a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School Campaign. He completed his graduation in the IT branch of engineering in2017 from Netaji Subhash Institute Of Technology, Delhi University. He is a TEDx speaker, and one of the highly commended runners-up for the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award chosen by Queen Elizabeth II.
“Womenite is a youth-led initiative that aims to bring a change by changing ideologies and beliefs. It’s a social organization workining for the upliftment of the marginalized groups in this patriarchal society. It’s a group of like-minded individuals working together to bring about tangible change in the social aspects under the canopy of feminism, says Harshit Gupta.
The organization MINUTELY DECODES the ORTHODOX state of minds, establishes illimitable possibilities at alterations, and curates empowerment within a sense of individuality, and equality.
“We aim to filter the ill attitudes and wrong frame sets in the society by eliminating baseless superstition, gender norms, stereotypes and taboos which affect the lives of women. Our focus is evolving and concerns other genders as well who are constantly seeking their identity to be accepted. Gender equality issues direct most of our activities in which the main beneficiaries are small children who will be the future of the country,” says Harshit.
He added, “When we were conducting a workshop on ‘gender norms’ with about 25 girls of grades 7-9, the girls very enthusiastically brought up the word ‘feminist’. Even though, they didn’t know the ideology behind it, they still knew the word. And that is a brilliant reflection of today’s society: incomplete knowledge.”
The revolutionarily organic actions of Womenite:
Womenite has conducted sessions in over 40 schools and organizations (including other NGOs) and over 15 colleges, thus, impacting over 10,000 students.
It conducts workshops in three domains:
- Child sexual abuse
It works in four age brackets: grade 4, grade 5-6, grade 7-8, and grade 9-10. Creating a safe for them, it educates students about safe and unsafe touch, talk to them about danger, trust,and safety, give them a concept of personal space, make them aware of abuse, and its types, i.e. contact and non-contact. Moreover, it works towards destructing myths around the issue, makes them aware of the digital abuse, and informs them about the POSCO act, Childline.
- Gender equality
The workshop on gender equality finds its target audience in the children of ages 12 and above. Its primary objective is to make children realize that gender inequality does not exist in a vacuum; rather, it permeates every part of our life and affects everybody and everyone, regardless of the social systems that bind them. The gender equality workshop has a follow up, i.e. the feminism workshop that introduces children to the concept and ideologies behind feminism.
- Menstrual hygiene
The workshop on menstrual hygiene aims to educate and inform people both young and old about the process of menstruation— the basic biology behind it, the need of the process. It motivates the audience to use products available in the market that are aimed towards menstrual hygiene. It also serves to bust myths and folklore around the menstruation process, further clearing up people’s minds about periods and at the same time, initiating open-ended talks about menstruation and abolishing the taboos around it.
It indeed, is our privilege to have touched upon the uplifting spaces, Womenite has developed at the heart that belongs at betterment of the society as a whole.
The enlightened, and pure souls dance to the beats of achievements:
“We were recognised as one of the star change makers out of 200 people who were selected for Global Action on Poverty(GAP) 2016 organized at Gandhi Ashram. We were selected for fifth Action for India Forum, organized at IIT-Delhi,” adds Harshit.
Womenite was also a proud co-winner of the World Merit Day 2016 out of 250 events being conducted in more than 50 countries to spread awareness about Sustainable Development Goals laid by the United Nations.
Womenite also had the honour of being one of the 30 change makers from all over the world for Make Room India Programme 2016 held in Bengaluru and Vatican Youth Symposium held at Vatican City in October 2016. Womenite was also invited to the UN Women’s headquarters in New York to present their project as a part of Brown Bag Activity. It also participated in the Startup Launchpad event organised at Vigyan Bhawan and addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2016.
Deconstructing the enforced centres:
“Access to information through internet has become so widespread that people know words and terms but do not know what they actually mean. This inspires us to do more work towards helping them gather knowledge and understand the concepts behind ‘labels’.” Added Harshit.
All of us at University Express, at our small stage, and through infinitely evolving energies of humans, express our gratitude towards the entire team of Womenite, stand with them, and wish their creative, intelligent, and altruistic souls a million more impactful trajectories ahead.