As Bhubaneswar moves towards becoming a smart city, a series of socio-developmental initiatives have been initiated under socially smart Bhubaneswar project.
Bhubaneswar: With the objective to develop Bhubaneswar as an inclusive city, Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited conducted a three-day training programme of thirty peer leaders (girls) from eight slums from Bhubaneswar Town Center District or Smart District was held from 31st May to 2nd June.
Peer leaders or “Pragati Sathi’’ as they would be referred to in future, the girls would be the change agents for the much sought after Socially Smart City Project. The main objective of this training is that girls will be the change agents in their communities and support in better citizen connect.
The “Peer Leaders’’’ will conduct a series of meetings and transact learnings in the community and family-level to create awareness on gender-based discrimination, child marriage, menstrual management etc. This will ensure social changes, which, in long run would help to ensure healthy and smart society.
Rubin Das, an 18 year old peer leader from Shantipalli Basti quoted that “training through various activities is very interesting for me and I will give my best to sensitize the community and family as well”.
I never attended such training and now I am confident enough to sensitize my family as well the community” said Swarnaprava Patnaik, a-21-year old peer leader from Saheed Nagar Telugu Basti.
This training was organized by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Humara Bachpan Trust is the project implementing partner and has signed a MoU with BSCL in January 2017.
The main objective of this project is to develop a youth-centric and youth-led integrated social intervention model to support Citizen Connect Initiative and promote safety and security of girls and women in Bhubaneswar with specific focus on urban slums, through community partnerships.