Breaking the gender glass ceiling is not a new subject; it surfaces again and again. However, it is a newfound passion for me. I have been working in a not-for-profit organisation called PRADAN for the last 22 years. We work in the field of women’s empowerment and livelihoods.
Based on the engagement with the Santhal women of Poraiyahat block in Jharkhand, this article tries to capture the struggle in the life of Santhal women for being unable to inherit ancestral property and the pain they go through while accessing their right as per the provisions given in Santhal tribe’s customary laws. It explores the possibilities for Santhal women to inherit ancestral property in the provisions given in statutory laws and customary practices.
Uprooting a girl from her familiar surroundings when she gets married, separating her from her family and friends, assuming she will merge seamlessly with her new family is a traditional, social expectation; carrying the ‘amputation’ even further is the custom in Belliguda of renaming a new bride with the name of her parental village; this completes the obliterating of her identity
Once a PRADAN-ite always a PRADAN-ite…seemingly, one can take a PRADAN-ite out of PRADAN but not PRADAN out of a PRADAN-ite…the ethos, philosophy, mission and values remain forever embedded in the psyche
Reminiscences of a former PRADAN-ite bring back, the varied experiences, training opportunities, and personal growth that being an agent of change heralded….today someone who began his journey in PRADAN stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the field
Having realized the vital importance of preserving the forest in which
they live, the women of Hakimsinan become fiercely protective of the
trees and will go to any lengths to stop indiscriminate felling. This is their
commitment to, what they consider, their ‘mother’—the jungle that has
nourished them for centuries
Struggling to make inroads into a new community, the development practitioner swings between despair and hope, optimism and pessimism, enthusiasm and self-doubts, till perseverance pays off. Three years on, as many as 2000 women have been impacted by these efforts