1. Awareness Programmes

Awareness programmes have been at the heart of Sahiyar’s activities since its inception. We use various mediums to convey our message based on the issue and the nature of the group involved. 

  1. Street plays, awareness songs, garbas (folk dance of Gujarat), poster exhibitions, film shows are some of the mediums used to address a large number of people in the community.
  2. We organise demonstrations, public meetings, rallies, wall paintings, human chains, etc., to attract immediate attention to urgent issues of violence or atrocity.
  3. Students are involved through group discussions, essay-writing events, workshops on current issues and awareness camps.
  4. Our campaigns generate awareness on different kinds of violence against women - rape, custodial rape, sex determination, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and harassment at the work place - and on the various laws for women. We organise and participate in campaigns in Baroda and at the state level to press for amendments in laws that are hostile to women, By this, we hope to trigger change. We actively participate in national campaigns.
  5. We undertake fact-finding missions, survey and research in significant cases of violence against women or violations of human rights. We have conducted research on sex determination and sex-selective abortions, communal violence and its effect on women, women in the informal sector, and problems faced by adolescent girls.
  6. Publication and Documentation: Sahiyar publishes and disseminates leaflets, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, and training material on issues concerning women. Our library stocks books on women’s issues. These are available in English, Hindi and Gujarati. Books are available for children as well. The library is open to all.
  7. Training, Workshops, Seminars: We hold training programmes, workshops and seminars for NGO workers, government servants (police officers, legal professionals, officials working on development issues), teachers, lawyers, trade unionists and people from various organisations that work with ordinary citizens to sensitize them about gender issues and help them incorporate a gender sensitive attitude in their respective fields.
  8. For different groups, we have had training programmes on gender, patriarchy, history of the women’s movement in India and communalism, songs of the women’s movements, street theatre, women and development, women and violence, and women and the law. As resource persons, we also help other organisations to conduct training programmes on these issues.