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Identifying Identity
Duration- 1 Month (For 18 years +)

What is Identity? Who are we? Where do we come from? What is our Identity? These are some of the questions that give us the framework to build our lives around. The answers to these questions are crucial for any individual or a community. Why is identity important? Identity markers determine the way we relate to our surroundings and people. The current politics around identity makes it critical to understand and appreciate its scope for a more humane world. Why Project Identifying Identity? Project Empathy pursues interventions that address stereotype, prejudice and discrimination. This project aims at addressing such issues by understanding identity. By doing so, PE hopes to orient the participants towards empathetic interactions and better understanding and acceptance of fellow humans. It is essential to comprehend the multiple identities carried by each one of us. It is also necessary to look within and recognize the parts of our identity that either empowers or disempowers us and the reasons behind it. This self exploration will help us to understand our deep-seated biases, perceptions, belief systems, our outlook towards multicultural diversity. It is a road to acquaint ourselves with ‘self’ and the ‘other’ simultaneously. How is Identity linked with ‘discrimination’? In a world which is constantly ravaged by hate speech and cruelty, it becomes pertinent to highlight what drives discrimination. Discrimination occurs when a person is not able to enjoy their human rights or other legal rights on equal basis with others because of an unjustified distinction made in policy, law or treatment. At the heart of all forms of discrimination is prejudice based on concepts of identity, and the need to identify with a certain group. This can lead to division, hatred and even the dehumanization of other people because they have a different identity. In many parts of the world, the politics of blame and fear is on the rise. Intolerance, hatred and discrimination is causing an ever-widening rift in societies. The politics of fear is driving people apart as leaders peddle toxic rhetoric, blaming certain groups of people for social or economic problems.

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