Transformative Narratives: Examining the Influence of Feminist Therapeutic Strategies and Ethnodrama in Enhancing Empowerment Among School Girls in Sri Lanka (79442)

Session Information: Difference
Session Chair: Keebom Nahm

Saturday, 25 May 2024 13:20
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This Research explores the transformative efficacy of feminist therapeutic strategies and ethnodrama in fostering empowerment among female adolescents in Sri Lanka's educational milieu. The study, encompassing 50 school girls aged 16 and above in Kandy, positions itself within the broader discourse of gender empowerment, emphasizing the need to scrutinize tailored interventions in the distinctive socio-cultural context of Sri Lanka.
The research's significance lies in its elucidation of how narrative-centric methodologies can serve as linchpins in adolescent girls' empowerment. Employing a thematic analysis methodology, the study unveils nuanced narratives from participants, revealing four key themes: Identity Empowerment, Resilience Building, Interpersonal Connectivity, and Agency and Advocacy. These themes offer comprehensive insights into the intricate dynamics through which feminist therapeutic strategies and ethnodrama shape and augment empowerment among school girls.
In summation, this research accentuates the transformative potential inherent in narrative-driven approaches, shedding light on their capacity to empower school girls in Sri Lanka. The identified themes establish a foundation for comprehending the intricate interplay between therapeutic interventions and the empowerment of adolescent girls within an educational framework. The implications of these findings extend to educators, therapists, and policymakers, furnishing practical insights for the formulation of targeted interventions. As society grapples with the complexities of empowering adolescent girls, this study furnishes invaluable knowledge to guide future endeavors in fortifying the well-being and agency of young women.

Narmada Wickramaarachchi, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Narmada Chathurangi Wickramaarachchi is currently working as a psychotherapist and a counselor, in Colombo, Sri Lanka and currently reading for Masters in Gender and Women Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo Sri Lanka

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