| Aug 6, 2015
Maitri Network Meetings
The Maitri network comprises 10-14 grassroots women's projects across India, which are working to combat issues of violence, abuse and exploitation in their localities.
There projects include:
Adecom, who work with domestic violence and political representation for women in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry;
Nishtha, who work to help adolescent girls in West Bengal who face the prospect of child marriage in West Bengal;
Jan Sahas, who work to liberate women from the degrading caste-based practice of 'manual scavenging' (the cleaning of human excrement of upper caste households);
and Nirman, who work with women from De-notified Tribes - those communities which were considered 'Criminal by Birth' under the British, and who still bear that stigma and prejudice today.
Through Maitri, these individual organisations are able to come together, to co-ordinate campaigns and activities over the year, such as rallies, postering, workshops and distribution of booklets in local languages. Here are some pictures from the last Maitri meeting, where the projet leaders came together to discuss the plan for the coming year's activities.
I look forward to soon updating you with an activity plan for the coming year, depending on how many funds we can raise.