Gender and other forms of Social Discrimination is one of the key thematic areas of our organisation. Under this thematic area, many projects/campaigns are being implemented by Yuva Rural Association. These projects/campaigns have been given below:
We Can End All Violence Against Women
Yuva Rural Association has the responsibility of anchoring the Maharashtra chapter of the South Asian Campaign on violence against women – ‘We Can End All Violence against Women’. The campaign recognizes that violence against women is rooted in gender inequality and that whether in homes or outside, it reflects the power structures in society. The campaign deals with conditions that systematically deny women their lives, health, rights, choices and power in the family.
This campaign focuses on single, dalit, muslim, tribal and rural women. This campaign led to the development of 1800 new changemakers (who changed their own attitude towards women and spread the message of gender equality and non-violence amongst others) during 2010-11. Last year, 150 NGOs, networks and individual members have joined the campaign in East and West Vidarbha. Large scale public awareness on bias, inequality and violence against women has been created through this campaign.
Women’s Empowerment through Women’s Organisation (WEWO)
Yuva Rural Association has undertaken the WEWO programme in 5 districts, namely Nagpur, Bhandara, Wardha, Amravati, Akola, of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. This programme is being carried out in 1550 villages of 31 talukas in the above districts. The WEWO programme aims at women’s empowerment through formation and capacity building of Mahila Vikas Parishads (MVPs). The MVP members (women and men from the local communities) work together to solve women’s issues, fight against injustice and violence against women through formation of pressure groups.
In the last quarter (Oct to Dec 2011), a total of 990+ cases for women have been solved. Women have been benefited under various schemes such as Indira Awas Yojana, Shravan Bal Yojana, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana etc. Daru Bandi (no alcohol) was declared in 12 villages. 97 MVP members and others (with the support of MVP) are present on various committees of the Govt. such as Conflict Resolution committees, Dakshata committees, sarpanch etc. More people and SHGs are getting associated with MVP. 880 forms have been filled and 505 members have been registered. Dalits and Adivasis women have also joined MVP. MVP members have also been able to reach 4485+ people through their efforts to raise gender sensitivity and equality and to reduce violence against women. MVP members have also been meeting up with various Govt. officials such as police stations, taluka and Panchayat committees, Women and Child Development officials, PHC, Tehsil office and make them aware of gender equality and sensitivity.