Over-all the HRJP Workshop was successful in achieving its aims and objectives. This was due to the clarity of its intentions and the organization of the content of the Workshop. At the evaluation session conducted at the end of the Workshop, participants gave their helpful feedback through verbal and written form. Some of the positive evaluation were: the careful selection of participants with clear guidelines ensured that the participants benefitted from the training according to their experience, level of awareness on Human Rights; the sessions were conducted in participatory and flexible manner, allowing participants to give comments and share their ideas on the content as it was being conducted; the exposure program helped the participants gained an experiential insight of the topic and theme of the Workshop. Some of the negative feedback were: the length of time devoted to some of the session were not enough and not equally distributed in the program; the examples given should be varied, and if possible coming from variety of groups; some of the logistics arrangement for food (eating out) was taking too much of the time reducing the time for the sessions.
At the end of each WSCF AP activity, an evaluation is conducted both written and oral. An evaluation activity was conducted during the HRJP Workshop by the participants through participatory method as mentioned above. The result of the evaluation was feed-backed to members of the HRJP Committee by the HRJP coordinator (volunteer), who participated in this workshop during its online meeting for further consideration, planning and follow-up.
The learning experience from the Regional Women’s Programmes are always inspiring and challenging. The whole process was not only learning from each other’s experiences but also an attempt to unlearn. The opportunity to expose different cultures, languages and nationalities and ethnic communities often help to challenge that there is no such universal truth for everything. In one culture certain things are taboo, but the same issue is a non-issue for another culture. And this experience certainly helps to be more open which creates space to accept the differences. The most inspiring process was to realize how each one of us is unique and having hidden potentials and creativity to change ourselves and make a difference in our communities. It is important to create space like this for young women who are vulnerable in our society to come forward and empower themselves by enhancing their leadership potential. They will be the agent of change makers as they dream for a better world.
Some of the challenges were:
- Visa issues have been always one of the challenges for the regional level programmes for certain nationalities due to the stringent immigration policies and laws. The WDT workshop was supposed to be held in Taiwan, but due the visa policies we had to move to Thailand.
- In 2011, Thailand experienced the devastated flood in the country. Though we were directly not affected, but we were concerned of the people who were affected by the flood. It was a challenge for the organizers to go ahead with the scheduled workshop, when half of Bangkok was flooded. The participants’ relatives had a nightmare about their wellbeing.
The evaluation process of each women’s programmes happens in 2 levels.
- At the end of the programme there was an Individual reflection of evaluation where each one of them has given feedback of the programme. There was also group dynamics where participants came up with different action plans to initiate the activities in local level according to the context and situation in their countries.
- In the second part this programme will also be reviewed and evaluated by the Regional Women’s Committee – which is a committee of 5 young women representing South Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia and the Pacific based on the report by the Regional Women’s Coordinator.
Some of the immediate follow up of the programs are:
The direct beneficiaries of this project are 60 women from the 18 active member movements of WSCF AP by:
- Enabling participants to realize that all gender awareness and analysis must lead to equal representation of women and men in SCMs and in the Federation as a whole,
- Challenging to transform attitudes, structures and system in Church that limit women’s participation and leadership.
- Re-reading the Bible as young women centered on the focused theme from critical feminist perspectives and partnership
- Facilitating and developing strategies and plans for gender justice and women-men partnership works in the SCMs.
- Experiencing the realities of women in different context and strengthen the women’s struggles by joining in advocacy programme through exposure.
- Facilitating and developing strategies and plans for gender justice and women-men partnership.
- SCM India, Myanmar, Japan, have organized the women’s programme in national and local level. Other SCMers like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Philippines planning their programmes.
- Form small groups in colleges/Churches for Bible studies and re-read the Bible together as women from the feminist perspectives.
- Organize a series of women’s programmes for the coming 2 years in Sri Lanka
- SCMs to empower women and promote women leadership.
- Establish network with the Church youth and work together for the common cause.