With more than 50 participants participating from 8 districts of Meghalaya, a 5 Days Virtual Training for the staff of One Stop Centers and Swadhar Greh from Meghalaya was held from 30th November to 4th December 2020. The objective of the training was to build the capacity of the newly recruited team of OSCs on feminist counseling skills, understanding of gender related concepts and legislations for women as well as to facilitate rehabilitation and support in a survivor centered manner. North East Network and CEHAT (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes) in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department of Meghalaya undertook the training.
A total of 10 sessions were covered in the 5 days training which was facilitated by 6 eminent resource persons who are experts in various fields. The sessions covered were: Understanding act of VAW, Values clarification, Understanding matrix of class, caste, religion in VAW response, Telephonic Counseling, Understanding Psycho social support, negotiation for nonviolence, engage with health facilities, demystifying Police and Legal Procedures, Burn Out prevention and Self-care.
This was the first phase in the collaborative and all-inclusive service to VAW in Meghalaya. CEHAT and NEN would provide training through regular meetings with the staff of One Stop Centers and Swadhar Greh to guide and assist while handling certain sensitive cases. There will also be a provision of a 24×7 helpline services for the trained staff, support in recording and reporting system, as well as developing a liaison with other departments of the state.