Women empowerment is always one of our core issues of the organization. They have been empowered through enhancing their knowledge and skills, providing the option and opportunities of their social and economic growth, mobilization and solving their problems like harassment, exploitation and deprivation through various govt. schemes. During the 2015-16, following programme initiatives have been taken for empowering the women community.
Mahila Panchayat Programme
It was an innovative collective programme for community participation in dispute redressal. The mahila panchayat acts as a "watch dog'. The target of the programme is to identify more affected women, making them aware and then solve their issues by active participation of active women members of the community. The programme is supported by Delhi Commission for Women. As per the programme strategy, the disputes are settled by following specific process. According to the process, firstly there is need assessment and then motivation of the affected women. During the programme, we involve community leader actively. In this regard, the community leaders are identified and these women are then motivated to volunteer as mahila panchayat members. The selected volunteer women members are trained in legal issues, laws related to property, dowry, marriage, and maintenance as well as dispute redressal mechanisms. They are also given training in counselling, FIR writing, and linking with legal resources. It has been experienced that such technical inputs to the volunteers helped to handle the issues at the local level. The volunteers are linked with lawyers for getting the further legal support for solving the cases if the cases are not handled by them. The details of cases registered during the 2015-16 are given below
||Total No. of cases
|| Domestic Violence
||Harassment by Husband
||Harassment by Neighbour
The mahila panchayat programme was quite successful in terms of solving the cases handled by our team members. It has been experienced that out of 172 cases registered, 140 cases are solved, 18 cases were referred and only 17 cases were pending.
- Identification and listing of high risk adult men and women for HBV and HCV through risk assessment, influential policy makers, health professionals and community leaders
- Mapping and listing of community level beneficiaries (like IDUs and their partners/sexual partners, pregnant women and new born, PLHIV and their sexual partners) for formation of SHPG, insurance/other support agencies within the project district
- Risk Assessment and Screening of HBV/HCV
- Follow-up sessions of all newly diagnosed individuals for treatment adherence
- Orientation/Sensitization and mentoring of healthcare professionals (including doctors, nurse, lab technician and frontline functionaries>
- Formation of Self Help Peer Groups (pregnant women and Lactating; IDU, sexual partners)
- Organizing motivation sessions and infotainment activities to empower SHPG for prevention and management of HBV/HCV Advocacy meetings with policy makers/decision makers and program managers and other stakeholders for public sector scaling
- Sensitization cum Orientation for Health care providers organized>
- Follow-Up Meeting with health care providers/Health work force at CHC, PHC and Sub centers.
- Organizing multi Stakeholder Sensitization cum orientation meetings.
- Tracking linkages of clients with Insurance schemes or other similar government initiatives.
Mobilization Of Women
Since the inception of organization, efforts have been made for women mobilization for ensuring their participation and contributions. In this regard, various strategies have been followed like formation village based groups like Self-Help Groups, physical and financial contributions for organizing the programmes and activities and monitoring the project activities at the field level. In addition, the women were also mobilized for actively involving in the livelihood generation activities of the organization. The details of various women mobilization activities like formation of SHGs and livelihood activities are given as follows
Self-Help Group Formation
We have been active to form self-help groups of women in our various operational areas located in three districts namely Palwal, Jalandhar and Moga of Haryana and Punjab respectively. The total strength of SHGs formed in various districts is mentioned in following table. The 2015-16 was quite successful year from the point of view of giving strength to the SHGs formation initiative as more than 50% SHGs, out of total strength was formed during the current reporting year.
Strength of SHGs
||No. of SHGs Formed
||No. of SHGs Credit Linkages
Women's rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls worldwide, and formed the basis for the women's rights movement in the nineteenth century and feminist movement during the 20th century. In some countries, these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behavior, whereas in others they are ignored and suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls, in favor of men and boys.Issues commonly associated with notions of women's rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to be free from sexual violence; to vote; to hold public office; to enter into legal contracts; to have equal rights in family law; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to have reproductive rights; to own property; to education.
Like previous years, the programme interventions on women and chid development was continued in 2015-16 also besides making additional programmes on women and child rights and solving their social and economic issues.And we will continue it in future also.
With the view of enhancing the economic living conditions of poor and downtrodden women community through providing alternative opportunities of employment generation, we have taken initiatives of running of production units of jute bags and jacket in Palwal, Haryana and Jacket in Moga, Punjab during the reporting year of 2015-16. These said units have been commenced with bank loan support from NABARD of respective states. The Palwal production unit is involved in Jute bags like purses, bottle covers, cane bags, cotton school bags etc. making by involving 22 women. Out of which ten are working at production centre while twelve women are working from their home. While in Moga production centre, fifteen women are working in production centre while ten are working from their home. The annual turnover of the Palwal production centre was Rs. 12,50,000 and Rs. 10, 00,000 of Moga centre.
The running of production centre was quite successful in terms of fulfilling the market demands of the market along with starting the process of repayment of loan taken from the NABARD. The market demand of the products was generated through participating in various national level fairs like SURAJKUND FAIR, Haryana and SARAS Fair, organized by Ministry of Rural Development, in Mumbai, Maharastra and fairs organized by Confederation of Indian Industry, Chandigarh. In addition, we were also successful to tap the bulk order from NABARD, Asian Paints (corporate sector), BIRD (A training institute) and other like-minded organizations like BADLAO FOUNDATION from Jharkhand