Building awareness of the rights women have to a life of dignity and one free of violence, and helping them speak up against the violation not just their physical bodies but also of their dignity found its first success when the women en masse voiced their opposition to the ‘justice’ meted out for them by the traditional village justice mechanism. A beginning has been made…
Displaying tremendous focus and persistence, Rekha Majhi chose to learn from each challenge life presented her, knowing that betterment and transformation of lives is directly proportionate to the efforts she makes and the conviction she has in her abilities
A resolute determination and a supportive community go a long way in helping bring about transformation from despair to hope in Kavita Yadav’s life; she changes her destiny to become a role model for her villagers.
By letting go of the shame and secrecy that girls experience about having their period and by openly having discussions and understanding about why they have a period every month, the girls are sending a very powerful message, challenging their subjugation in society
Fetching drinking water twice as many times, cooking and serving larger meals and more often, catering to the demands of the men folk, dealing with drunkenness, and finding resources to keep hunger at bay….village women are bearing the brunt of the pandemic on all fronts. Adding to their woes is the fact that the lockdown has cut off their participation in the SHGs, depriving them of psychological, emotional, financial and social support
Now when we look back, we wonder what strength they (migrants) carried. What light at the end of the tunnel could they see? Was it the hope that if not their cities, then their villages will look after them? Or, what is it the pain of broken and unfulfilled promises? Or, what is it just a dire need of sustaining their hunger
Highlighting discriminatory practices that the Baiga women have to confront because of their identity of being ‘Baigin’, this paper traces the journey a group of Baiga women undertook to tackle the water scarcity problem in Dahiyaan tola, a journey of addressing their ‘darr (fear)’ of dealing with state agencies and claiming their rights.
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