Jaba Nandan, an ex-elected representative who is also the Convenor of the Women and Child Social Development Sub Committee of Rajnagar Gram Panchayat, Rajnagar, Birbhum, West Bengal has been leading the Nari Jagaran Committee in her GP from the front. She was an ardent advocate for a community centre for Nari Jagaran Committee (NJC). She lead the movement and today the woman in the committee have their own space within the Gram Panchayat. Under her leadership, the Gram Panchayat observed the women's Day and Anti Violence Against Women's Day. She is currently superheading an anti illegal liquor den closure movement in the community women and NJC and have been successful in mobilizing political party and administrative support.
Rina Mondal found very hard to make ends meet during lockdown. Her anxiety to ensure quality life for her disabled child adds to the weight she carries. Yet, when news came that some dry ration will be distributed in her locality and she was given the task to make out a list, she chose to keep her name out. Rina has been a quiet but resolute leader in her locality. She leads the mask making team in Birbhum.. She has also conducted4 neighbourhood awareness programmes in her locality till now.
Domestic violence is part of Prajapati Das’s every day existence. Covid and lockdown made her husband unemployed and more dependent on alcohol. Local alcohol business had become a household earning mechanism. Unable to bear any longer when her husband mercilessly beat up one of her daughter, Prajapati informs NJC in her area and lodges a complaint with the police. Further she assists the police to break down illegal alcohol dens. Seeing her courage, 21 women in her locality approaches her with their stories and have joined the NJC.. Prajapati leads meetings and awareness programmes in her neighborhood.
All her married life, Srimati Mahato had faced domestic violence. When she became a member of Nari Jagaran Committee in Nowahatu, Purulia, in Jan’20, she had to face extreme humiliation and abuse when her husband would turn up in meetings and beat her up publicly. Covid- hunger pushed her to come out of her house. She has started nutrition garden in the rabi season, produced 70 kg vegetables in the last 2 months and has earned Rs. 600 by selling the excess after fulfilling the nutrition needs of the family. In addition, today, she is an active member of the NJC case team and is handling cases of gender based violence. She has also formed a Jhumur team.
Selima Bibi and her family of 12 faced severe food insecurity when her daily labourer sons lost their jobs. Coming from a conservative family, Raima had always had to withstand pressure and taunts to fulfil her duties as a member of Nari Jagaran Committee (mentored by EDF). She took a loan from bank for a starting a small tea business in the locality but its progress was very slow. Seeds and sapling support for nutrition garden and 10 khaki campbell ducks turned out to be primary means to feed her family. She has started selling duck eggs and also was able to hatch 50 chicks from 6 ducklings.