French news station, France 24, interview Dr Alma Ram, who runs the Ekil Nari Shakti Sangathan – Association of Strong Women Alone – project within the Jagriti Bhalai Kendra Society. This news item exposes the difficulties faced by widows and single women in India, and how Alma and these forgotten women are fighting against the existing stigmas and empowering them to stand up for their rights.
For women to be able to thrive in Dalit communities they also need to be able to plan their families. Gender equality is vital, but family planning is imperative to enable women to make their own choices and thus empower the girl child too. The JBKS carries out family planning classes and seminars in the … Read moreSustainability.
Above: Widows and single women (and a supportive guy in the middle:) promote climate change and protection of the planet on Environment Day by cleaning up the town. Below: Gender justice… Lohri Celebration – which has become a celebration of the birth of boy children in recent years – has been turned on its head by the … Read moreJBK Lohri and Empowerment
Poster competitions and role plays in government schools (only 5 teachers for 600 children in this school visited) and discussions on gender equality and female empowerment work to change the attitudes and gender bias of future generations.
The JBK encourages girls to take part in sports traditionally only allowed for boys. This is the challenging and physical game of kabbadi.
Changing gender attitudes for both sexes is an important part of the program. This is a Mens meeting at village Saharli Khud on gender equality.
Tour groups from 2016 and 2017 meet with a widow struggling with HIV. She has two teenage boys, her husband died from AIDS having become addicted to drugs (common due to depression with Dalit life and/or given by landowners instead of wages to keep men attached to working for them through addiction), and she has to take two buses to get to the clinic for check-ups and her anti-retroviral drugs. They have a health book to monitor their blood tests and medication.
Project worker Ninder and a second HIV/AIDS project worker support her and 70 other people in this situation. They assist 10 children orphaned through parental AIDS deaths (cared for by relatives now) and assist one child with schooling.
A widow looking after her daughters alone in a remote village. Her husband also died from AIDS.