Bandana Devi has a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. She is a development practitioner with more than eight years of experience in working with rural community in Jharkhand. Her work involved mobilizing marginalized rural women into collectives to work on the issues of livelihood and gender. She has extensive experience of working on the issues of gender-based discrimination with women and girls; promoting women’s collectives to work for women’s rights and gender justice and promoting Agriculture Production Clusters. She is currently based at Poraiyahat block of Jharkhand and working as an Executive in PRADAN. Her interest areas include economic empowerment of women, Gender-Caste-Class equality and sustainable development.
Entering a village, familiarizing oneself with the people and their lives, gaining their confidence, understanding the terrain and the livelihoods, suggesting interventions, facilitating new practices, encouraging participation, meeting daily challenges and celebrating successes are some of the things a Development Practitioner experiences in her attempt to uplift rural lives
Whatever progress is made in the livelihoods and economic spheres of life, women in villages will only experience significant empowerment when violence—physical, emotional, psychological and other areas-against them is totally eradicated
Getting a foothold into the existing male-dominated Panchayati Raj Institutions seemed a Herculean task for the women of the SHGs—a challenge they took up with zest and determination, leading to their victory and the beginnings of change
Positioned as a social justice system between wronged village women and the formal legal mechanism, the Nari Adalat plays a significant role in bringing about conflict resolution within families, ensuring that the voice of the woman is heard and she lives a life of dignity