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Supporting and empowering female survivors of violence

Partner: BMCS (Bal va Mahila Chetana Samiti) Bhilwara, Rajasthan
Contact: aparna [at] columbus.aidindia.org


Violence against women is the norm in the male-dominated society of Rajasthan, esp. in Bhilwara district. Taraji with an educational background in social work has dedicated every bit of her life for the past 3 decades to protect and provide support to female survivors of violence in Bhilwara. Taraji employs a multi-pronged approach to address the multi-faceted problem as represented below.


Photo caption: Tara Ahluwalia (second from R), President of BMCS, organized ‘Sangarshshil Mahila Samman’ on International Women’s Day to felicitate female survivors of violence along with doctors, lawyers and law-makers who have supported the survivors. In this photo, Shabina Banu (L) shares her story. Shabina  was abandoned by her husband, who kept their two kids with him. She bravely fought her husband and the society for two and a half years, got back her children and then divorced her husband. She continued to live in the same area empowering herself and her kids with vocational training and education, despite the threat from her husband and few goons to leave the village for good. She is being felicitated at the 'Sangarshshil Mahila Samman’.

RTI Manch: Awareness Generation & Facilitation of RTI & NREGA

Public Hearing on Electricity

 This project focuses on improving government accountability and advising people on the opportunities and facilities that are available to them via the government. In particular, they focus on raising awareness about Right to Information Act and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). RTI requires timely responses to citizens requesting for information about government authorities. NREGA guarantees 100 days of employment yearly to a rural household in the form of manual labour.

Tiger Anti-Poaching Efforts

tiger watchLocation: Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Amount Supported: Rs. 3,84,000

Chapters: Austin

 Tiger Watch started their anti-poaching work in 2005. To date 61 poachers have been arrested with their help. The results of their work can be seen in the following: In 2006 tigers were present only in Ranthambhore National Park. As of 2011, Ranthambhore tigers have gone to: Sawai Mansignh Sanctuary-Sawai Madhopur, Kailadevi Sanctuary- Karauli district, Vanvihar sanctruary-Dholpur district, and Kuno Sanctuary- Madhya Pradesh. The government has also translocated 6 tigers to Sariska-Alwar district. In 2010-2011 twelve new tiger cubs were born in the park and ~3 tigresses are pregnant.

Support to Samaj Shilpis

Samaj shilpiy

NGO: Seva Mandir
Location: Jharna, Rajasthan
Budget: Rs 205600

The program "Samaj Shilpi/ Stimulated Volunteerism" aim is to encourage the youth to work in the villages as facilitators or catalysts for change. A total of 6 Samaj Shilpis (SS) are working in Rajasthan under Seva Mandir. AID will continue its support to the Samaj Shilpis in Rajasthan. Broad goals of the Samaj shilpi program  are 1)  build community based organizations to effectively address local issues 2) Strengthen community participation in local self-governance 3) Assist communities to access government schemes 4) Facilitate formation of Self Help Groups.