| Apr 13, 2018
No More: Fighting against Gender Based Violence
“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.”- Aysha Taryam
Through Project Samvedana, meaning compassion, Maitri envisions a world in which violence against women is prevented and ultimately ends. Seemingly an ambitious goal, domestic violence must be prioritized in order to promote gender equality and empower women to stand on their own two feet.
Maitri’s initiatives include:
(1) Engaging in a dialogue on domestic violence;
(2) Including more males in discussions and conversations
(3) Creating awareness;
(4) Creating women leaders that are empowered to take this movement forward.
In collaboration with Maitrigram, another organizational initiative, Project Samvedana has also been working to impart skills and instill confidence in women and children through English-speaking and sewing classes. In addition to language skills building classes, both for Hindi and English, women of several local bastis (slums) have been able to take part in stitching and tailoring classes in the hopes of gaining confidence to secure employment or obtain loans to establish their own tailoring units. During the month of January, Maitri conducted an art workshop where community children were engaged. The workshops involved discussion on aspirations of children. Using art as a medium, Maitri initiated a dialogue on gender and the roles one aspires for.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, to eliminate Gender based violence, Maitri India organized a staff training programme with men from the main office headquarters in Delhi. Some Objectives of the training were to sensitize about the gender issues, and create awareness through a campaign “No More”.
Thank you for supporting Maitri's efforts to prevent domestic violence against women in India thus far. Your contribution has been key in helping us make a difference and we look forward to your sustained partnership to ensure that we can translate Maitri's commitments into meaningful change.