The Observe program is aimed at developing and amplifying youth voices by guiding them through a series of workshops to pay attention to their cities, understand its functioning, rethink the city based on their observations and to effectively communicate the change they desire.
This program will provide skills and tools that both inform action and support their developing voices. Women and girls are deeply affected by misogynistic behaviours and attitudes prevalent in societies around the globe. The impacts are often internalized, creating barriers that diminish and even silence their voices. Urgent problems facing communities, including the impacts of climate change, rapid urbanization, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, food deserts and other deficiencies are also opportunities for creative responses from the change-makers of the future. Inspired by the broad impacts of women like Malala Yousafzai, and recently, Wangari Maathai, Jane Jacobs, girls and young women have both new role models and new narratives to help them navigate through inequalities and push for creative expression.
To know more about what happens during a typical Observe workshop, read this blog post.
Project team: Vidhya Mohankumar, Abinaya Rajavelu
Partner Organisations: The Center for the Living City, with support from the Ford Foundation