by Allegra Mangione, GoPhil Development & Marketing Coordinator
Equal Community Foundation (ECF) is no stranger to broad-scale pandemics; they have been fighting the epidemic of gender inequality since 2009. Through their flagship program, Action for Equality, ECF equips 600 adolescent boys in India to combat gender-based violence and discrimination annually.
But ECF imagines something much larger — a national movement to raise boys who promote gender equality. In 2020, ECF had plans to spread its mission by providing training, curriculum, and guidance to other civil society organizations across India. When COVID-19 arrived, ECF quickly pivoted these efforts, called “Project Raise,” to an online model. The ECF team’s determination and perseverance to continue to grow a movement is truly inspiring.
Following is an update from ECF on “Project Raise,” their initiative to bring programming to communities throughout India via partner Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Project Raise adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by shifting its model from face-to-face to online interactions. Now, ECF is successfully conducting outreach, networking, and capacity building sessions with their fellow CSOs remotely through online meetings and webinars.