Parivar Chaupal Training

Parivar Chaupal or family meetings have been chosen as appropriate platforms to engage families, particularly husbands and mothers-in-law to address gendered norms within the household that leave women eating least and last, and lead to early and poorly spaced pregnancies. This is an initiative of the Chhattisgarh Rural Livelihood’s Mission (BIHAN) with technical and training support from ROSHNI-CWCSA.

While most key messaging for behaviour change in women often make women themselves the primary target, such approaches ignore the reality of how women’s actions are often influenced by other members of the household, who may hold positions of power. To this end, a pilot to strengthen the gender responsiveness of maternal nutrition interventions under the Swabhimaan Programme is being implemented in Ghotiya cluster, which is a model cluster level federation (CLF)

Five of BIHAN’s existing gender resource persons were orientated and trained to address gendered nutrition inequity within households. They then conducted nutrition micro-planning meetings in all 18 of Ghotiya cluster’s villages to identify gendered challenges faced by women in the community. Based on these findings, context-specific Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) tools for Parivar Chaupal meetings were designed by ROSHNI in a consultative process with the gender resource persons. These have been designed to ensure resource persons will engage not just women, but other members of the family, to promote sustained behaviour change and improve nutrition behaviour.

The training culminated in the community gender resource persons organising a parivar chaupal meeting at Ghotiya village, where they also mobilised and engaged men and adolescent boys along with women and girls in the community. It was also ensured that the village Pradhan, an important social influencer in the community attended the meeting