To combat rape of girls as young as seven and increasing violence toward women in the rural village of Medak (Andrah Pradesh), local women will lobby government officials for better protection.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Though women throughout Medak have formed local watchdog groups, as day laborers making less than $1/day, they can't afford to take time off work to lobby effectively for their safety. Thus far, they have only been able to take reactive measures when violence occurs, such as taking victims to the hospital, tracking down the culprits, and turning them in to the authorities. Funding a proactive lobbying campaign will raise awareness, provide protection, and reduce violent attacks.
How will this project solve this problem?
G.Vijaya, a local woman from the "untouchable" caste, will organize the effort to print and mail letters, travel to meet with local officials, and hold awareness meetings for locals, in a push for tougher laws and improved protection.
Potential Long Term Impact
This two-year lobbying campaign will reach community members, local government officials, local police, and the district magistrate. Over 1100 women from 30 villages have banded together to advocate for women's right to safety.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,010
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,010 . The original project funding goal was $6,600.