Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities

by Maitri India
Play Video
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities
Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities

Project Report | Feb 22, 2016
Creating Safe and Healthy Communities

By Tara Rana | Communications Officer

Women make kid's accessories to generate income
Women make kid's accessories to generate income

Gender-based violence is a human rights violation, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. It is one of the most common forms of violence globally and includes physical, sexual, emotional, and economic violence.

Although gender-based violence also includes men and boys, it is observed worldwide that violence against women and young girls in particular is highly prevalent. Studies from India suggest a relatively high prevalence of gender-based violence. The issue has been highlighted in India with the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act in 2005, however gender-based violence remains under reported.

Because gender-based violence is a complex issue it requires multipronged solution and approach to tackle it. Following are some of the ways Maitri is working towards reducing gender-based violence in communities where we work. And YOUR support makes our resolve stronger to fight gender-based violence in urban communities of Delhi.

Empowering women through livelihood project

In January, Maitri partnered with D’chica an online accessory business to start Women’s Empowerment Program that gives 15 women and girls an opportunity to earn an income. They first received basic training on how to make these accessories. For last one and half months, the women have made huge progress in crafting their skills and increasing their income by making more number of accessories. Initially, few of the women were hesitant but once they gained confidence through training and began making beautiful accessories they were motivated. “In first supply I earned INR 80 but in recent supply I made INR 800. I am so happy and grateful to Maitri”, said one of the women with tears welling up in her eyes.

Self Defence Training for Young Girls

In December and January, six young girls from economically challenged communities and our field staff Anita had a chance to train in Self Defence Training provided by trainers from Delhi Police. They trained everyday for two hours. The training included light physical exercises, and tactics to manage bus attack, knife attack and hairgrip. They were teamed in twos and taught how to defend and attack under these kinds of attacks.

A Street Play to Create Awareness on Gender-based biases and violence

We realized that one of the most effective ways to inform and influence communities towards behaviour change is by engaging them interactive activities. On 2nd January 2016, Maitri partnered with “Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAWA) Group” from Mumbai to bring their street play titled ‘Mardaanagi’ meaning ‘Manhood’ at Soniya Vihar, RK Puram, Delhi. The play was based on true incidences from everyday lives and depicted gender based biases and violence. It was encouraging to see the interest shown by the boys and girls of the community in understanding patriarchy and masculinity issues, and how unknowingly they imbibe the gender characteristics from childhood, without instructions. The message of the play “real men protect and respect the dignity of women” was well appreciated by the community.

The power of Spoken English Course

The three-month course on Spoken English has become a powerful tool for young girls and boys in communities where Maitri has been working towards their betterment. English has become the leading language of conversation for jobs in all industries. A certain confidence to converse in English is instrumental in better chance at employment. In October 2015, 25 students were enrolled in the Spoken English Course and 15 of them successfully graduated in January.

Maitri further equipped the students for the job interviews. They watched videos on interview conduction and participated in role-play exercises. This helped them learn tips on presenting themselves at the interview and answering questions with ease and clarity. In February they attended the job fair organised by Teach India initiative and were offered jobs with corporates like Vertex, The Sub, Tech Mahindra and The Standard Infoline Pvt. Ltd. and so on. It was a proud moment for Maitri to journey with these youth for past three months and to see all 15 of them being well placed in jobs.

Counselling of Women facing Domestic Violence

Since December Maitri has counselled and helped about 8 domestic violence survivors who reached out to Maitri from various parts of the country. Most of these women need immediate help as they are mentally disturbed and emotionally at the verge of breaking point. We give them space to speak and share everything they want to speak about. After hearing their facts, we assist them with legal advice and opinion as per their needs to help them cope with the situation. In some cases, we help them draft a complaint against their abuser. We give them legal opinion to resolve their issues with the help of Legal Service Authority. Maitri helps them by providing the contact and address of the locl Legal Service Authority.

Deepali, a divorcee, took a second chance to settle in life and married second time with a man she met through a matrimonial site. The marriage didn’t last more than fifteen days as her husband eloped with her jewellery and huge sum of cash. The moment her husband left, her in-laws threw her out of the house. It turned out to be a case of fraud marriage. She filed a case but was not properly guided by the lawyer who again extracted a huge amount of money from her. At the end she was completely lost and she reached out to Maitri. Maitri helped her with legal advice step by step and gave her strength to fight her case. She is currently fighting her case with renewed determination.

Women’s Empowerment Program changes Gunjan’s life for better

Gunjan, married at age 18, is now 30-years-old and one of the participants in Women’s Empowerment Program in one of the economically challenged communities where Maitri works. Her family migrated from Lamastipur Bihar, her husband, Ganesh, works as a labourer and is able to earn about 500-800 Rs. Day to day although that money is inconsistent. Gunjan has three kids and her in-laws and brother in-law live with them. She joined the program because it was convenient and easily accessible. She can come to Maitri centre for work and return home with time to spare for her everyday household work.

Gunjan had to rely on her husband for money but now she has her own income that she can use for her own needs. And that takes some of the stress off of her husband, especially if he is unable to make money some days. She feels more financially independent since joining the program.

The program also opened new avenues for Gunjan. She displayed strong skills and abilities and was chosen as a group leader. As a leader, she is responsible for maintaining the quality of the product, ensuring the program performs well and perhaps can take more orders therefore allowing more women in her community to participate in the program and benefit from it.

“I never felt I could contribute anything since I cannot read or write. But now I know I can help other women. It is definitely a huge boost to my confidence”, she says.

Gunjan said, “I like being part of the program because I am able to contribute to the community and I love coming to the centre because we have developed good friendship with each other.”

With your support and donation we have been able to touch lives of people like Gunjan. Thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do all that we have accomplished in last quarter without your help. Thank you!

Gunjan, Group Leader, Women's Empowerment Program
Gunjan, Group Leader, Women's Empowerment Program
A street play to speak against violence & abuse
A street play to speak against violence & abuse
Students of Spoken English Course attend Job Fair
Students of Spoken English Course attend Job Fair
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Nov 24, 2015
Ending Domestic Violence in India because of You!

By Anna Marie Lopes | Communications Officer

Aug 28, 2015
Uniting To End Violence Against Women

By Anna Marie Lopes | Communications Officer

About Project Reports

Project reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you can recieve an email when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports without donating.

Sign up for updates

Organization Information

Maitri India

Location: New Delhi, Delhi - India
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Maitri NGO
Project Leader:
Maitri India
New Delhi , Delhi India

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

Still want to help?

Support another project run by Maitri India that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Get incredible stories, promotions, and matching offers in your inbox

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.