My Body Can is sub-campaign within KYBKYR 2.0. Through My Body Can, we call young people to to assert their choice, and lead decision-making about their bodies, sexualities and rights. My Body Can presents a strong argument for how access to SRHR information addresses other inequalities that young women and girls face.
My Body Can events:
- #MyBodyCanBLEED, a consultation with KYBKYR participants' mothers at Deepalaya, New Delhi: Prior to the event, the KYBKYR Programme has been running in Deepalaya for over two months. The consultation with the participants' mothers was held because there was significant community backlash to the young girls' outspoken attitudes about menstruation and open discussion about their bodies and sexualities. The programme team invited the most important stakeholder from the participants’ immediate community, their mothers, to discuss KYBKYR's mission and goals. They also spoke about issues concerning eve-teasing, menstruation and the taboos associated with it, as well as the hurdles the girls face in the community due to their gender. The mothers spoke openly about their hopes and dreams for their daughters while sharing that the fear for their daughters safety keeps them from allowing them to go out into the world. The programme team was thus able to make a case for the relevance of comprehensive information on gender, sexuality and SRHR to the participants. The meeting was a successful one as the mothers were convinced that Comprehensive Sexuality Education was necessary to equip their young girls with the information needed to make healthy and safe decision around their bodies and their SRH, and promised to support their daughters’ participation in the KYBKYR programme.
- #MyBodyCanOCCUPY, a Forum Theatre on Eve Teasing: At another KYBKYR site, Samarpan, Kishangarh, the participants used forum theatre to engage with their parents on the challenges they face because of street sexual harassment. Prior to this day, the young girls at Kishangarh had always found it challenging to talk to their parents about this issue, but with the help of forum theatre, the mothers and fathers of the participants were prompted to view the situation from their daughters’ points of view, empathise, and together think through some creative ways of mitigating these challenges. In an interview afterwards, one of the participant’s mothers spoke of the unfair standards that are set for women in comparison to men, and therefore, how critical it is for a mother to support her daughter in the event of ruthless community scrutiny and gossip.