Subrata and I work as field facilitators with NGO Purnata in India on the issue of Trafficking.

One 27 September 2022, we decided to do a Discussion program through SALT method in Akharpur, Daspara , Basirhat, 24 North Pargana, West Bengal.

We often have meetings with adolescent girls but girls are shy and do not open up. They listen quietly to us. But through SALT process, we have changed our strategy to reduce talking ourselves and provide space to the community members to share and instead listen to them. Recently in Akharpur village para 10 we organised a meeting of 12 adolescent girls and decided we had to conduct the meting with a SALT mindset.

When we asked them what they had done well, some of them started giggling. No one had asked them what they were good at. Once one girl started sharing like “I share my food with others.” Others started sharing, it seemed easier now. Those girls, who shared, encouraged others to share. When there was a quarrel between two girls, I settled the conflict.”

“When a woman was ill, helped in something from the shop.” When some girls were still quiet, others pointed out what they were good at. Suddenly the atmosphere had changed. We also asked the dreams of the girls, what they aspired rather than tell them what they should do.

SALT helped girls open up and share. This is very crucial for our work as we work on the topic of trafficking and would like to understand what are the root causes of trafficking and what can make the girls vulnerable.

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