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AID envisions a society that imbibes and ensures gender justice, equality and peace through Women’s empowerment.
With its grassroots partners AID works on
- Economic & social empowerment of women
- Support for women in crisis
- Campaign against sex-selective abortion
- Campaign against sexual violence and dowry
SUPPORTING WOMEN IN CRISIS, RAJASTHAN
Tara Ahluwalia a long time AID partner supports women survivors of violence using a three pronged strategy of direct services, awareness programs and advocacy for policy change.
– Providing direct services to survivors of violence – filing police report, medical services, safe housing, vocational training & self-defense
– Awareness workshops for men on rape and sexual violence including the police
– Advocacy at the state level for enacting anti-witch act which victimizes women
– Fighting against sex selective abortion & exposing clinics doing so
– Hosts 50 survivors in the shelter in a year, resolved 600 cases of violence through counselling
GIRL CHILD EDUCATION, GUJARAT
Even today the society discriminates against the girl child. In the tribal regions of the Panchmahals, Gujarat, young girls do not enjoy the same privileges as boys in access to nutrition, healthcare and education. In order to address these issues, Trust for Reaching the Unreached runs a hostel next to the high school where tribal girls can live & study.
– 110 girls stay in the nurturing hostel environment
– Girls can concentrate on their education free of other distractions
– The girls get an opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities and field trips along with the after-school supplementary coaching in various subjects
CREATING LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES, WEST BENGAL
Mohammed Bazaar Backward Classes Development Society (MBBCDS) works in 3 villages in Birbhum district to create livelihood opportunities, specially for women and improve food security. Through a public rural appraisal, the whole village tries to understand the resources available to them and plan for the coming year. MBBCDS workers train people on various government schemes and governance models – Panchayati Raj, Old Age & Widow pension, Self Help Group formation, applying for work under MGNREGA.
– Increase awareness on available government schemes
– Applying for MGNREGA work or compensation if the panchayat is not able to provide work
– Over 1000 people have learned techniques of landshaping methods, building watershed structures on land, growing vegetables on the banks rearing duck at the same time. This has helped in reduction of distress migration
– Women have greatly embraced fruit trees plantation and kitchen gardens which has improved food security
– Local government is cooperating and will help to spread the reach
– Awareness material such as newsletters, wall writings and street plays have been successful modes of information dissemination