vision is to create a just society, which will provide
political, social and economic opportunities for women,
especially tribal and dalit women, to help them achieve
their rights, to improve their lives and livelihoods and to
realize their full potential. We promote child Rights with a
focus on the girl child
A group of women who
are development activists and from the women's movement for
equality. The group consists of Ashima, Jamuna, Kavitha,
Suhasini, Usha, Shanti and Rukmini. We are made
stronger by a dedicated team of women community
leaders and staff, who work towards the achievements of our
common objectives. We also draw support from a wide network
of women activists and friends who volunteer time and also
raise resources for us.
Nalgonda District: Our field work is based in the lambada tribal hamlets and other villages of Chandampet and Devarkonda mandals of Nalgonda district. The area is semi-arid and extremely under developed with an eroded resource base. Farmers in the area are caught in a debt trap, attempting to grow cash crops such as cotton. In spite of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2006, which guarantees 100 days of employment per family, families continue to migrate for five to six months in a year putting at risk their children's education and health.
We work in Khammam District in partnership
with Jagruthi, Centre for Human Activity in Rural Development, Priya Darshini Seva
Mandal, Eco Foundation for Research and Training, Vyavasaya Mariya Sanghika Abhivrudhi Samstha and Masses.
The partnership programme has an out reach to 85 villages.
We work together with Civil
Society Organizations to promote women's rights, child
rights and farmer rights.
Contributing to Policy Planning and Implementation of Government Programmes:
The Issues We Focus on:
This is the second year programme and to date we have already enrolled 368 girls and 279 boys (total 647). This was possible because using the bridge school as a base we were able to expand our influence to 50 additional villages this year. Last year we enrolled 100 girls at the Devarkonda hostel and mainstreamed 32 girls from the school into the government Social welfare system hostels. Our campaign work has helped us to reach out to remote and needy villages mainly Lambadi thandas which are neglected by mainstream development.
For the two programme years we have enrolled a total of 3395 girls and 3402 boys into local primary schools.
2. Provide quality education to 300 girls
Once again in addition to the girls enrolled in the bridge school we have reached out to provide quality education in 50 primary schools in Devarkonda and Chandampet mandals. The outreach is to 2466 girls and 2325 boys with a total of 4791 children from classes one to five..
We have provided a series of training inputs to Gramya team as well as 50 government Vidya volunteers (para teachers). This was made possible due to support from Aid-et-Action and our presence in the area. ICCO/Kerk In Actie core support is the base which has helped us to access additional funding and undertake outreach work.
3. Strengthen women’s leadership to prevent violence against women and girl children in two mandal Samakhyas in Chandampet and Devarkonda mandals
This year we continued to work in the two mandals by organizing campaigns and awareness programmes in the 50 project villages. The campaigns have revolved around Right to Education for children, women’s rights, the need to prevent Domestic violence against women and the need to protect the girl child and girl babies. Staff have regularly attended the Samakhya meetings and shared their insights regarding women’s issues. We have worked together with the leaders from the Samakhya to address problems which women are facing. This year we supported 28 women facing violence. Case studies can be seen later. (Cases recorded later)
An analysis of the cases shows that alcoholism continues to be a serious problem leading to violence. Other reasons are lack of livelihood for men which leads them to torture their wives to bring dowry or simply more money from their parents. Another problem young women face is to be promised marriage and then cheated by their boy friends. Underlying all these problems are patriarchal attitudes and lack of education and assets for women to live on their own. Women continue to suffer severe physical and psychological torture for the welfare of children. Our effort has been to support the local women leaders to take up cases and try to resolve them in accordance with the law. However community justice and patriarchal values have its own logic which are not supportive of women. Our effort is to ensure the leadership of women and the welfare of women by promoting humanistic values and supporting the right of victim/survivors to take their own decisions. The weak legal system adds to women’s woes.
4. Promote pro women policy changes
Gramya has been consistently monitoring the issue of the
cradle baby scheme in Nalgonda district through which the government
has made possible for parents to give away their baby girls at
Primary Health Centers and maternity hospitals in the state. Our
effort has been to demonstrate that families particularly mothers
want to keep their daughters if they are provided financial support
and more importantly counseling for the male members in the family(
husband and father-in-law.)
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Programme Supported by Aide-et-Action
Support to Protect Girl Babies Supported by Shakti Shifa
Foundation and Others
Women's Leadership Network Programme-Khammam District, Andhra
Support to National Campaigns
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