Mahila Vikas Parishad
Mahila Vikas Parishad (MVP) was started in 1998 with the help and support of Yuva Rural Association. Since then, MVP has been working in 5 districts of Vidarbha region in Maharashtra for the social, political and economic empowerment of women in these areas. Over the years, MVP has become a forum for the distressed women in these districts and the rural women look up to the MVP members to get their issues resolved. More and more members are joining the MVP and the total strength today stands at over 40000 members.
MVP has undertaken a number of projects such as Women’s Empowerment through Women’s Organisation (WEWO), Wada Na Todo Maha Abhiyan (WNTMA), We Can End All Violence Against Women Campaign. MVP members have actively participated under these projects and campaigns and helped women in various ways.
Some of the activities undertaken by the MVP members are as follows:
- Building awareness in villages regarding issues related to social, economic and political status of women, gender equality, social discrimination and violence against, various government schemes applicable to the villagers etc.
- Capacity building of women is done on various economic and political issues. As a result of this initiative, many rural women have started standing for the local elections and many of them have been selected in various posts (under the 33.33% reservation for women in PRI). The elected representatives are helping in further strengthening the MVP programme.
- Activities are undertaken for promoting livelihood for the rural women. Certain activities that have been undertaken are small businesses like beauty parlours, tailoring, kirana stores, spices making, candle making, paan thela stores etc.
- MVP members undertake advocacy campaigns and form pressure groups in order to help women get entitlements on land, homes and other physical assets and recognition by having bank accounts, ration cards etc. They also help women benefit under various government schemes such as Indira Awas Yojana, Shravan Bal Yojana, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana etc.
- MVP members co-ordinate with Police Patils, Judiciary and other government departments to enable protection of women against violence and to provide them with required security, help and support to solve any cases lodged by the distressed women. They work towards making women aware of various acts and schemes applicable to them such as the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act (PWDVA).
- Under the MVP network, cadres of barefoot counsellors, paralegals, magistrates, PRI elected women members etc. have been promoted, trained and activated to take up different development issues at their own independent level.
Any person can become a member of the MVP. The registration fees for becoming a MVP member is 25 Rs. per year.