The Butterfly Project was founded in 2006 to promote human rights by enabling technical training and platforms for young people to work in communities with their peers by disseminating the participants' narratives through film and literature. In 2010-2011, the project expands its Digital Storytelling programme to provide a forum where young people and urban street children can address issues of identity, human rights, child rights and discrimination through film.
Since 2014, the programme goal evolved into providing a forum specifically for young women from marginalised communities, where they can address issues of identity, human rights, reproductive rights, and discrimination through digital media. The project aims at equipping communities of young women and girls from low-income backgrounds to use digital media to interact and explore questions of inclusivity, and women's and youth rights. Digital media also has the power to challenge a traditional discourse that is often patriarchal, where girls and women lack equity and equality.
Towards this goal, we are working with 65 young women and girls (14-25 years of age) from Dalit and Muslim backgrounds in collaboration with three NGOs in two states (Doosra Dashak and Alfa Education Group, and SEWA Bharat in Rajasthan and Delhi respectively). TYPF will engage with young women leaders to articulate, raise awareness and advocate for equity, gender equality and freedom from violence with decision makers (families, community leaders and key stakeholders), by increasing their access to information on Sexual and Reproductive Health and developing their leadership skills. We are focusing on working with with 64 young women leaders as nodal agents in leading and facilitating social change, reaching out and working with 195 peers and a minimum of 350 community members across three years. These women leaders will also, through district level dialogues, share challenges, recommendations and lessons learned, connecting with alliances, groups and networks that advance the rights of young women and girls in both states.
- A training on gender and sexuality, conducted by TYPF for its partner organisations’ staff in Rajasthan and Delhi in January 2017 enhanced their understanding and articulation on how these issues should be addressed while empowering young girls. It also helped them identify the programs with young girls on education, health and community development.
- As of January 2017, the Delhi leg of the programme is in full swing and will be working with 30 Young Women Leaders in collaboration with SEWA Bharat.
- In 2016, 50 young girls were trained in Rajasthan to equip them with knowledge and vocabulary to articulate daily manifestations of gender inequality in their lives. The trainings served as a safe space for these young girls to discuss taboo issues and ask questions related to their bodies, sex and reproduction, and also familiarized the girls with the creative use of digital photography and media to document their life-experiences.