Strengthening women’s equal participation in rural local self-governance (Panchayati Raj Institutions) and address gender issues

  • Encouraging women to take the lead & initiative and participate in local governance (Panchayat) as leader to highlight women issues
  • Stop “Proxy Leadership” for men and promote “equal” representation in its true sense
  • Empower women elected representatives (WER) to govern by handholding them to prepare for the role
  • Discuss the role of gender issues in our governing system
  • Capacity building programmes for elected women representatives to prepare gender responsive budget &

Achievements of WER

  • The women elected representatives whom we work with, show an increase in confidence and self-esteem; have better contact with the voters especially women voters in their constituencies by organizing effective gram sansad sabhas in 65% of sansads where ERs are women. (2019-20)
  • Many WERs who did not get a nomination from the political party in the last election, continued their association with the (NJCs) and promoting women’s rights in their locality.

Strengthening Social Mobilisation, Institutional Development & Social Entrepreneurship in the community through Nari Jagaran Committees (NJC)

  • Strengthen women by activating their understanding of gender equality, governance and rights to enable them to understand issues in the society and how their voices are lost in the male dominated political system
  • Encourage them to participate in local governance & policy development process from the lowest to the highest level to address issues of violence & gender inequality and push for their inclusion into Village Council Annual Plan (GPDP) and Budget.
  • Help them form active Community Watch Committees by Women in their area named Nari Jagaran Committee (NJC)
  • Hand hold NJC & train them on how to interfere in incidences of Gender Based Violence, child protection issues, women & child rights related issues
  • 300 women to set up 9 Anti Gender Based Violence Vigilance Committees to address violence like domestic violence, early marriage, sexual harassment from a rights based perspective and create awareness
  • Help them generate small revenues through forming SHG and helping each other through some income generation programmes

Achievements of NJC
  • About 1500-2000 women under the leadership of the NJC gheraoed the Gram Panchayat and the BDO office and expressed their concern of not getting work under MGNREGS scheme. The DM was forced to meet them and interfere.
  • The NJC had mobilized 500-600 women on 3 occasions and had taken out a rally protesting the illegal liquor shops at Kotshila, Purulia. As these efforts were of no avail. In June 2017, 2500 women created a road block in Ranchi Road and finally the Block officials & Police was forced to close the shops.
  • The Nari Jagaran Committees have been instrumental in organising and mobilizing women to protest against violence on women and observe significant days like the Women’s Day, Campaign against Violence on Women etc.
  • The NJC have taken the initiative and held 46 awareness programmes around gender and violence against women in their communities and have reached out to 7043 people.(2019)
  • The Committees have intervened in and dealt with 67 cases of violence ranging from domestic violence, early marriage, sexual abuse etc.(2019)
  • NJC has actively supported the Samya Mela (Equality Fair) 2021 at 24 Pgs. (S) & Birbhum to make it a grand success.