Jaba Nandan, an elected representataive 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.
Archana Kundu, a member of Singhabahini Nari Jagaran Committee, Birbhum emerged as a key resource for ago-based livelihood (nursery, liquid manure, mushroom farming, vermincompost, azola farming). She trained and handheld 10 (women) families for nutrition garden and 26 children to start gardens. She has also supported other resource persons in other GPs with her expertise.
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.