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PROGRAMS: HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY FOR SINGLE WOMEN, DISABLED & MOST MARGINALIZED

This program contains the joint effort of three projects with the local names Ekal Nari Shakti Manch, Sneh Samudaya and Viklang Manch. It provides a platform for single women, mentally and physically challenged, old aged and other vulnerable groups to fight for their rights, express their opinions and advocate policy changes. The program operates in three different levels:

At village level, the volunteers identify the single women and an local groups is formed. This body holds regular meetings, to make the women aware about their various rights, identifies problems and tries to solve those problems. Those women who have leadership qualities take on the day-to-day workings of the group.

At the block level, regular meetings are conducted once a month and problems raised at the village level meetings are discussed. Local groups are out into clusters depending on the proximity of the villages. There are right now four such clusters in the project area.

At the district level in Kutch, representatives from different blocks meet every month and develop strategy for larger advocacy.

 
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Women disusing on village level social issues with Panchayat leader

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Demonstration to put focus on women's rights