The spinning mills in Tamil Nadu, in southern India, provide a vital source of employment for local communities. For their workforce of largely young women and adolescent girls, however, these mills can also be sites of gendered labour exploitation, harassment and abuse.
The Freedom Fund’s local partners work closely with mills, workers and local communities to improve access to equitable and safe employment. To this end, the Freedom Fund along with local NGO partners and Novo Film developed a film-based curriculum to support young women and girls in affected communities to recognise and protect their rights around education, working conditions, workplace harassment and mental health.
The curriculum, entitled “Call Me Priya”, combines locally made Tamil language films with participatory learning sessions. To date 11,000 girls and young women have completed the curriculum and a further 14,000 adults and adolescent boys have also participated in adapted versions of the curriculum.
A new evaluation of the “Call Me Priya” film-based curriculum by Praxis India found that the course had a clear impact on the knowledge, attitudes and propensity to take action among the young female participants. In particular, the evaluation reported: