Committee of Resource Organisations (CORO)
CORO established in 1989, is a rights-based organisation formed by a coalition of diverse new social movements including women’s movement, Dalit movement, people’s science movement and readers movement to propagate adult literacy in urban slums of north-east Mumbai. CORO strives for comprehensive community development with a key focus on gender-based equality for marginalized women. It is CORO’s firm belief that literacy is essential for people to organize effectively for change within their own communities. The organisation works to build collective leadership among marginalized women to question and change the existing power imbalance from the grass root level. The organization is inspired by the “Total Literacy Campaign” undertaken by the Government of India’ National Literacy Mission Authority formed in 1987 and intellectually influenced by Paulo Freire, the profound Brazillian educationist. It started with the agenda of adult literacy and further expanded the theme into social literacy as according to CORO literacy is not merely a neutral skill but rather is ideological and is cannot be detached from specific social contexts. Its key operational module is “Urban Literacy Model”, which was developed by the organisation itself wherein local groups and individuals lead their communities to become literate. Ever since its institution, the organisation has been working on facilitating development that is owned and directed by the community itself. The elements to CORO’s comprehensive approach are:
Key strategies of BreakThrough are:
History of Involvement With Men
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Yari Dosti and Sakhi Saheli is a an intervention research programme developed by CORO and implemented from 2000 to 2005 with the help of Population Council, New Delhi and Promundo, a Brazil based NGO. The project aims to challenge and change the inequitable gender attitudes among young men and women respectively in order to reduce risky sexual behaviour and violence against women. The program also underlined that gender equality necessitates changing gender attitudes across all sections of society and looking closely at masculinities, femininities and cultures of violence. Yari Dosti and Sakhi Saheli was further adapted into GEMS – Gender Equity Movements in School for children between 12-15 of age and was implemented in 2008 in 4 wards of Mumbai in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Science and International Centre for Research on Women. The project is based on Classroom based educational activities and school based campaigns to challenge and change gender attitude of both boys and girls. The project has been further expanded to include faculty and parents of the student.