Reduce Gender Based Violence in Urban Communities

by Maitri India
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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 | Oct 17, 2017
Battling Gender Inequality through Empowerment

By Manisha | Communications and Fundraising Officer

We live in a country where there are instances and manifestations of violence in different forms. Creating an effective dialogue on gender is a difficult subject. Inequality and violence travels through different forms and manners. Approaching a path for reducing gender based violence consists of different steps and players. Maitri understands the position of women in our Indian society and the reasons for being oppressed are deeply interlinked with the fact that women have no resources or fewer privileges in terms of power and finances.

Amidst such nuances of gender, Maitri believes that self confidence and independence can act as effective tools in the fight towards gender equality. While working in different projects, our experiences with either Widows of Vrindavan and Radhakund, or young girls in communities have brought us this understanding that creating a space which fosters ideas of self independence and confidence actually helps in strengthening our fights against different forms of inequality and discrimination on the basis of gender.

Learning through these experiences, Maitri  has initiated a skill building empowerment project, for women and girls at Vrindavan, Radhakund and Soniya Vihar. The project focuses on providing skills and income generating opportunities. Though women and girls will be the beneficiaries of this project,there will be a special focus on empowerment of widows. We already have stitching and tailoring classes for girls and women. But converting this small step into a small time entreprenurship project will be a great step in eradicating gender based violence.

 While this initiative will have more number of gilrs, it will specially focus on working with widows as well.Maitri understands that the struggles of widows are multidimensional. Being a woman and a widow and an older person are multiple identities that each person in Vrindavan and Radhakund struggles with. In case of widowhood, a woman’s identity is defined by her husband’s, as secondary to man, the progression in society becomes one from wife to widow, with no scope to be a person of her own right. Old age is still considered as a burden, and in case of older women who have greater life expectancy but no resources; the violence faced is even higher.  Maitri believes this not only limits an individual but also violates the principles of living a life with identity, respect and dignity. And while we work towards creating gender equality, this aspect cannot be left unotouhed.

Maitri wants to thank every donor in Global Giving. Its because of your support, we have reached to a place where we can start such an initiative. You are intrumental in creating such a shift and in shaping our fight against gender based violence and  discrimination. Wish us all the best for our new initiative.

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