The Butterfly Project works to equip young Dalit and Muslim women from marginalised communities in Rajasthan and NCR to use digital media to address issues of identity, human rights, reproductive rights, discrimination, and women's and youth rights. The program increases their access to information on Sexual and Reproductive Health and develops their leadership skills to articulate, raise awareness of and advocate for equity, gender equality and freedom from gender-based violence with their families, community leaders and key stakeholders. To this end, The Butterfly Project works to empower young girls and women from Muslim and Dalit backgrounds as Young Women Leaders (YWLs) to:
Create awareness among stakeholders about the need to ensure gender equality and eliminate gender-based violence through interactive public events in each community.
Create safe spaces for young girls to voice their concerns, clarify information, access skill-building opportunities, and develop leadership abilities to mobilize and work with their peers.
Develop and disseminate key information in the community on the need to address early and forced marriage by advocating for Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
In January 2018, TYPF conducted a 5-day long Digital Media Training Workshop with Point of View involving participants engaged in this programme from both states. Through this workshop, the participants learned to create stories, build characters, shoot and edit videos, and produce sound. Using these media, they told stories inspired by their own experiences of gender discrimination, lack of mobility and early marriage. This workshop provided the participants with knowledge and skills that would help them use audio and video media to bring about social change in their communities.
Staff from partner organisations in Rajasthan and Delhi attended TYPF’s training on gender, sexuality and empowering young girls through on-ground interventions.
In 2016, 50 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 familiarised the girls with the creative use of digital photography and media to document their life experiences.