For mothers it is a difficult task. Identifying and dealing with the issues of adolescent daughters is a challenge that they had never faced in life. The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) is all set to assist mothers in intervening and dealing with the issues.
The City Corporation is launching a training programme in 50 selected schools in the district with the help of Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) based on the KSWDC’s guidelines. PTA meetings will be convened with the help of schools and experts in the field will handle the half-day workshop for mothers. All the issues pertaining to adolescent girls will be handled by these experts. Mothers of girl students from Class 6 to Class 12 class will be included in the meetings to be commenced in the next academic year.
“The meetings will be conducted on four days during the academic year,” said managing director of KSWDC P T M Sunish. They would preferably be held during the months of June, September, December and February, he said.
It is as part of a slew of other projects that the KSWDC is launching the training programme boosted by an allocation of Rs 8.25 crore for it in the state budget. It was for the first time in its 25-year history that such a huge amount was set aside in the budget for the KSWDC.
KSWDC has decided to start a round-the-clock help desk in association with the City Police and to set up an information and assistance centre in the city which would also work 24x7. It has been planned to open a ‘women help desk’ with a woman police officer on duty. Another plan is a help desk for ensuring safe and comfortable stay for women who arrive in the city during night hours.