Sixteen Grassroots Activists from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal will be trained as Grassroots Comics Trainers to further engage many more female activists/ students in their respective countries to democratise the women voices through the medium of grassroots comics wall posters and campaigns. Comics have the power of unleashing the potential of self-expression and community action. In past several years World Comics Ihas experienced it.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The main objective of this activity is to train a number of grassroots comics trainers who would open up a debate in the society on the issue of gender equality and bring the desired change. To bring significant change on the current situation of the women community participation is required. Grassroots Comics has huge potential to bring people into development discourses. WCI will work with youth, train them as trainers and continue the chain.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
A week long trainers workshop will be organised in Delhi. Here participants will be acquainted to the medium of grassroots comics, and will learn to translate their stories into wall poster and strip comics. During the workshop participants will learn how to initiate grassroots comics campaign on the issue of gender equality. These will be uploaded on blogs, SNWebsites and also distributed to local newspapers.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
World Comics India initiated the concept of Grassroots Comics and has been working in the field of development communication since last one decade. WCI has organised around 1000 comics workshops and trained over 30,000 common people. World Comics has already established Network in south asian countries and organised a number of workshop on gender issue in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. Now a team of trainers will be prepared to achieve it.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
Sixteen participants from south asian countries will be trained as trainers who later will train over 400 other youth, women and NGOs activist. World Comics has established its networks which are active and working in these countries since long, these exisiting network and host NGOs of the participants will help to sustain them further.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Networking in these countries, support through web media and help to channelize the local resource in these countries.
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