Chandrakala Shinde is now part of the village lead

Chandrakala Shinde is a mother of four and wife of a farm labourer. As a former sub-caste Hindu, Chandrakala was previously completely excluded from any involvement in village social activities. She would never go to local festivals and felt afraid to talk to others in the village for fear of reprisal. Confined to her home, she held deep rooted superstitions and had poor self esteem. Through the project, Chandrakala has attended training programmes on women’s and Dalit rights, the legal system, domestic violence and gender equality. As a result she now sits on the village leadership committee and is one of the project’s thirty Community Leaders.

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