The scenario of women has changed drastically from being worshiped
as Devi to victim of domestic violence. Our organization makes effort
to bring women out of their house's premises and look after the
developments of the village. Laws related to domestic violence and
inhuman treatment is notified and they are asked to attend the Gram
Sabhas and take active part in the village meetings.
In order to help widows and single and separated women Jan Chetna
Sansthan have promoted Ekal Naari Shakti Sangathan in Abu Road block,
Sirohi. It works to ensure a rightful living for single women and
addressing their problems. It also works towards getting them widow
pension and other benefits under any government schemes. Block level
committee of this Sangathan conducts meetings every month to discuss
current month’s activities and plan future actions. Ekal Naari
Shakti Sangathan decided to celebrate 1st June (Empowerment Day)
as Mahila Sashaktikaran Diwas and they have been doing this since
last four years. This year, on 1st June, around 250 women congregated
at Panchayat Samiti, Abu Road to put forth their demand for drinking
water in their villages as all the villages were affected due to
drought. They also gave applications for widow pensions and for
some work under Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Self Help Groups of women are made with a view to make them economically
empowered and reduce their dependence on the man of the family for
their immediate and emergency needs.
JCS organizes Mahila Panchayats at the village level. Now more than
500 women are linked to the mahila Panchayat programme. Mahila Panchayats
oversees the investigation, case registration, arbitration, judgment
and follow-up of domestic violence cases. In Mahila Panchayats JCS
conducts legal literacy workshops for educating rural women. JCS
builds the capacity of community based paralegal caseworkers and
provides legal aid and counseling to women in crisis situations.
The Mahila Panchayats provide an opportunity for
women and men to speak openly and fearlessly when seeking interventions
and arbitrations to resolve disputes. The panchayats do not replace
the judicial system. Instead, they present a cost-effective, intermediary
solution that is women-led, gender-sensitive, and in touch with
the needs of the community.
This programme aims to bring the women in leading role in PRIs.
Focus on women in other development programmes
JCS incorporates a gender perspective into the planning,
designing, adoption and execution of all programmes and processes,
as appropriate, in order to promote equitable, effective and appropriate
resource allocation to support gender equality and development programmes
that enhance women's empowerment and development.