Shabnam’s quote: “मेरा नाम शबनम है , मैं छत्तरपुर से आती हूँ। मैंने CSR से ट्रेनिंग ली थी फिर मैं अब SIS कंपनी मैं नौकरी कर रही हूँ। मुझे ट्रेनिंग करके बहुत अच्छा लगा , जिस चीज़ की मुझे नॉलेज नहीं थी वो सारी चीज़ें मुझे वहां सिखाया । मैंने नौकरी अपने और अपने बच्चो के भविष्य के लिए किया है। पहले मैं घर से भी नहीं निकलती थी, अब मुझमे ये बदलाव देख के आस पास के लोग बहुत प्रोत्साहित होते हैं” (My Name is Shabnam, I am from Chattarpur. I participated in the CSR training program and now I am working in SIS as a Women Security Guard. I really enjoyed the training; it helped me gain knowledge regarding new things. I decided to work for a better future for myself and my children. Before I did not even step out of the house and now even my neighbours are encouraged on seeing this change in me. )
-Mrs. Shabnam was our trainee from Batch-1. She is currently working as a Security Guard in Cyber City with SIS Security Agency.
With over 40 years of experience in individual advancement and female empowerment, Centre for Social Research, in collaboration with Honda Two Wheelers, launched its Women’s Security Guard Training Program in the Mini Secretariat, Gurugram, on 29th October 2018.
With four successful batches that have been trained and recruited into the Security sector, CSR’s aim was to help women achieve financial emancipation and be able to break stereotypes that dictate that Security is an exclusive sector for men.
Within the course of the 45-days training programme, professional ex-servicemen were invited to train women physically, mentally and taught how to handle equipments that are deemed important in cases of security emergencies. After the completion of the training, these women received a certificate from Sector Skill Counsel (SSC) and Private Security Regulation Act (PSARA).
We also wanted to shed light on how women are ignored when it comes to non-traditional development narratives. As a result of this, the informal job sector refuses to accept women as participants and contenders. This refusal made us want to counterattack the lack of women security guards and create a space where we could promote not only individual job experience, but also fight against patriarchy by giving birth to a new feminist perspective that challenges the normative understanding of this sector being dominated by macho, hyper-masculine men. As an organization that prides itself on providing equal opportunities in all sectors, we launched this program hoping to help women who have been marginalized and not been given a chance to secure a job for themselves due to lack of education, early marriage or lack of understanding within their homes.
Since we launched this programme, this skills development program successfully trained 84 she guards, it has also helped women become confident and has helped shape the psyche of women who had previously faced domestic violence, gender-based violence, discrimination, and had not even stepped out of their homes alone.