Prioritizing Self-Care for Women Human Rights Defenders

The Tarangini Foundation has faciliated self-care training to Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Udaypur and Dang to help them manage stress and improve their overall well-being. The training focuses on issues such as taking care of oneself, strengthening oneself from within, and developing skills in analyzing situations and stress management. The foundation believes that self-care is essential for effectively helping others and leading a quality life.

Self-care refers to the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health. It is a holistic arena that involves the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. One needs to manage his/ her mental, physical and emotional well-being in order to take care of themselves. Self-care at work means respecting yourself, your relationships and your work. People involved in any profession should take care of their mental health and overall, wellbeing so that they can effectively advance their work and other aspects of life. Only by prioritizing oneself can one effectively help one’s family and others in need.
Women human rights defenders have been continuously working for the rights and interests of women from the local level. They are fulfilling their role in spite of the various difficulties created by the socialized people within the patriarchal structure. This type of difficulty naturally causes them to become distracted from time to time, causing feelings of frustration and loss of enthusiasm to work. Such can be the situation with any women working in a patriarchal structure like ours. Such a situation frustrates the right of the person doing such work to lead a quality life. Affects a person’s physical and mental health and affects the work they do. Therefore, in order to manage the stress that comes with your work, it is necessary to be aware of the internal and external strengths and weaknesses and to know the ways to balance between them. This is an important aspect of holistic self-care.
Since its inception, the Tarangini Foundation has been working to strengthen the women’s movement by providing skills training to women activists in various capacities from the community level to the center. Tarangini Foundation therefore did provide self-care holistic training to the WHRDs of Udaypur and Dang with an aim of facilitating the development of self-analyzing, caring and stress management skills along with enabling the continuously working WHRDs to be able to take care of themselves in the future. The training focused on issues such as how to take care of oneself, how to strengthen oneself from within, how to strengthen the women’s movement, what integrated security is, assessing challenges and risks, solutions and how to move forward in the coming days.
In addition, meditation practices, skill development in analyzing the situation and stress management skill development was also be delivered in the training. Tarangini believes self-care allows one to take care of others as well.

Self-care at work means respecting yourself, your relationships and your work.