Avtar Launches MITR (Men Impacting Trust and Respect) for Govt Schools in TN
Education Minister Thiru. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi lauds the project that aims to educate and empower 10,000 adolescent boys to become empathetic ‘gender champions’
Chennai, 08th August 2022: Avtar Human Capital Trust, the non-profit arm of Avtar Group, India’s premier Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Solutions firm, launched MITR (Men Impacting Trust and Respect) an initiative to usher in the ‘Male Ally’ culture among boys studying in Tamil Nadu Government Schools. The project was launched at ‘Puthri Ilakku’ marking the completion of five successful years of Project Puthri.
Puthri Ilakku, a grand event organized by AHCT in Chennai acknowledged and honored the corporates who have been part of the 5-year Project Puthri journey. The US Consulate General, Ms Judith Ravin, the Guest of Honor at Puthri Ilakku awarded recognitions to the corporates at the event.
More than 20 corporates, hundreds of volunteers, Principals of schools from different zones, and over 300 students gathered at the Puthri Ilakku, 2022.
Project Puthri is India’s first ever developmental project that seeks to create Career Intentionality among underprivileged girl students. From the time of its launch five years ago by Avtar Human Capital Trust, Project Puthri has changed the destinies of over 5,000 girls studying in Government and Corporation Schools.
Following the success of Project Puthri, Avtar Human Capital Trust launched MITR with the sole aim of instilling gender awareness and sensitivity among adolescent boys. This grass root level intervention for young boys has been designed for them to be gender-sensitive individuals and accentuate the transition to an inclusive and equitable future.
India is home to more than 243 million adolescents, who account for more than a quarter of India’s population, 53% of whom are young men/boys. In the next 5 – 8 years they are slated to become part of India’s organised workforce. “It is important that adults of tomorrow are gender aware, sensitive, and operative productively in a gender diverse team. These young boys when they are developed to be gender sensitive prior to becoming part of the workforce, will work as male allies to the lakhs of Puthris stepping into white collar jobs in the future”, said Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Managing Trustee, AHCT, Founder – President of Avtar Group.
MITR is aimed at boys studying in classes from IXth to XIIth by educating them on age-appropriate information in capsules under 4 main segments namely: Intrapersonal Skills, Interpersonal skills, Self – Management skills, and Gender Sensitivity. The project will be rolled out as a series of workshops and conversations led by trained mentors and gender experts from the corporate world.
Honourable Minister for School Education, Thiru. Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi, through a video message, lauded the AHCT team for the exemplary work in ensuring a secure and safe future for our girl children. He also expressed his regret in not being able to attend the event in person as he had to rush to Thanjavur to ensure safety of people in low lying areas in the wake of the surplus water being released from Karnataka due to heavy rains.
“Students should place their trust on equality. Project MITR trains boys to become allies, and advocates for their women counterparts at schools, homes, workplaces, and the society in general. I am happy to launch such an initiative,” said the minister.
He said that with initiatives such as MITR, AHCT aims to build a bright future for the girl children which increases the momentum towards making Tamil Nadu and the entire country an economic superpower. “To encourage girl children to pursue higher education, Chief Minister M K Stalin has announced that all government school girl students from Classes 6-12 will be paid Rs 1,000 a month directly into their bank accounts till they complete their higher education,” he explained.
About Avtar Human Capital Trust:
Avtar Human Capital Trust (AHCT) is a not-for-profit public charitable organization, working in the field of economic empowerment of women and creating change in their lives that are positive, holistic, and sustainable. Headquartered in Chennai, AHCT has been addressing gender equality, poverty eradication, employability workshops for underprivileged women, and inclusive economic growth for women across the State of Tamil Nadu & Pondicherry. AHCT has also been championing the cause of negotiating a better future though life skills for the girl child. In 2016, AHCT conducted a research study to understand what made over 480 corporation schoolgirl students (over the years 1992-2010) break out of poverty and pursue white collar jobs today.
About Avtar Group:
Avtar set up in 2000, is India’s first diversity advocate & workplace inclusion expert. Renowned for its extensive work in the space of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and more specifically, women’s workforce participation, it is the country’s largest provider of second career opportunities for women and is also the earliest to begin working on diversity audits and measurement. Lead by the visionary Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Avtar has ventured into areas of gender inclusion and career creation, which are firsts to India, such as
- Creating a marketplace for second career women to meet potential employers,
- Developing a comprehensive set of career enablers which companies can implement in their workspaces,
- Spearheading original research that has provided cutting edge insights to organizations
- Launched India’s first Diversity hiring portal, www.myAvtar.com
- Re-Skilling, Up-skilling and Counselling of women to pursue sustainable career paths and
- Building career intentionality amongst under privileged girl children.
Over its 21 years of existence, Avtar has helped charter Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans for several organizations in the IT, FMCG, Manufacturing and Financial sectors in the country.