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AWRC Interns 2014

Vol 19 2014
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Starting 15 Dec 2014, AWRC hosted 2 interns who had applied to work with us for a month. These young men were accepted as “Tech interns” as they were both students of B.Sc. Computer Science at Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai, India.

Karthikeyan & Keerthan Sergius Robert were given an orientation to the life and work of AWRC by the Coordinator.

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They were then put to work on the unpacking, arrangement and streamlining of AWRC stocks that had not been organized since it was relocated to India. As tech interns their task was to arrange all the stocks in order, stock taking and logging in number of stocks in the computer as well as devising a system for the AWRC library books to be catalogued and easily searchable in a user-friendly software. They also got two old computers that AWRC had inherited from previous offices to work which was very helpful.

It was both fortunate (and unfortunate) that we discovered that termites had eaten into much of our stocks. Had we not had the interns to move and unpack all the boxes we would not have discovered the termites and ultimately we would have lost more stocks than we have now. The interns did a lot of physical labour at risk to their health in dealing with the termites. Along with the Coordinator and finance staff Lavanya, the interns saw to the disposal of irredeemable stocks and the process of pest-control for the entire office area – all of which were time-consuming and tiresome work especially during the Christmas season.

The interns were new to what the term ‘feminist’ meant and, as young men, had lot of questions about what we implied by ‘feminist theology’ – about which they had quite a bit of suspicion! During the course of their time at the AWRC office through various discussions while we worked, the Coordinator and finance staff Lavanya were able to get through to them about what it meant being a woman in India, and a bit of what the feminist perspective meant. It was satisfying to note that they understood that we were not into male-bashing but were very much for the rights of women to their/our own self- determination. They also realized that they were from very patriarchal-centered homes and as men were better placed to try to change this so that women in their homes had a voice.

We are very thankful for the two young men’s work with us and are glad that the first interns we have had in India are men – which is quite a pleasant surprise to report.

interns @ work_3 croppedThe interns were new to what the term ‘feminist’ meant and, as young men, had lot of questions about what we implied by ‘feminist theology’ – about which they had quite a bit of suspicion! During the course of their time at the AWRC office through various discussions while we worked, the Coordinator and finance staff Lavanya were able to get through to them about what it meant being a woman in India, and a bit of what the feminist perspective meant. It was satisfying to note that they understood that we were not into male-bashing but were very much for the rights of women to their/our own self- determination. They also realized that they were from very patriarchal-centered homes and as men were better placed to try to change this so that women in their homes had a voice.

We are very thankful for the two young men’s work with us and are glad that the first interns we have had in India are men – which is quite a pleasant surprise to report.