Activities

PROJECT WORK

The project which was started in the year 2000, has completed 11 years of professional service has to its credit a well-deserved place among many NGO’s and common public in south India, especially amid women.

OBJECTIVE

The long-term objective of the project is women’s empowerment and all round development -individually, socially, politically and economically. It aims at enabling women to have the courage and capacity to tackle the everyday violence in their lives. It aims at enhancing the status of women in the family and society at large by creating awareness about rising gender discrimination. Women, thus empowered will be capable of participating in the entire social, political and development processes in a creative and constructive way.

In order to implement this objective, we have taken up the following activities under the project, Anweshi Women’s Support and Advocacy Centre.

COUNSELLING (Giving hope to women)

Counsellors are the first contact persons of the organization and have a major role in identifying any particular problem in a   woman.  Counselling is the step through which a client’s issue is heard by two main counsellors and/or an assistant which is    the initial step of intervention. Apart from family problems we have been dealing with issues related to property rights of  women and financial exploitation. In addition to that, even though Anweshi is not formally into long term rehabilitation of  victims, we have been able to help many women by giving them adequate support and helping them to return to normal  lives.

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COMMUNITY WORK (Reaching out to the Women)

Our community work section acts as a link between the organization and the target group. They have different duties like enquiring cases, visiting the police stations when necessary, arranging legal literacy classes and women empowerment seminars as well as reporting. Their major duty is to conduct community level enquiry into all aspects of the petitions registered in Anweshi. They also have a major role to play organizing awareness programmes, workshops and spreading gender awareness among the community. This section is managed by a community work co-ordinator who not only assign’s duties in co-ordination with project head and counsellors but is also responsible for the overall administration of the section. Community workers act as representatives of the organization in the protests and demonstrations conducted by other NGO’s.

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SHORT STAY HOME (Giving shelter to women)

The short stay home ensures women’s safety and enables us to intervene in a range of crisis situations and has a crucial role in assuring safety to women by moving them away from the site of violence which cannot be underestimated. Anweshi opened a Short Stay Home with the help of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust to provide safe temporary shelter to victimized women and children, until their cases are settled or they are rehabilitated. The SSH is very effective in preventing and resisting violence and helping the victim to regain self-confidence in dealing with violent family situations. The women of short stay home and their children are well looked after. It has all the basic amenities and other facilities. The short stay home is managed by a team of 3 staff members.

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LEGAL AID CELL (Providing justice to women)

Legal guidance and assistance is provided to women referred by the counsellors.  The work of the cell includes drafting petitions, registering cases at police stations, preparing agreement documents and providing free legal advice. In some instances, the organization takes the case directly to the court. This section is managed by a legal advisor and a para-legal staff. The legal advisor provides legal guidance and also represents cases in various courts on behalf of the clients whenever needed. We have also appointed another lawyer on the basis of the PWDV Act, 2005 who deals with only domestic violence cases. The other major activity of the legal aid cell is the legal literacy classes. Women especially from the rural areas warmly welcome these classes and the demand for such classes has been increasing. These classes are organized through Anganvadis, Mahila Samajams, women’s self help groups and other organizations at the grass-root level.

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ADOLESCENT WORK (Reaching the children)

The adolescent project was started in the year 2006 due to the pressing need to prevent young adolescent girls from getting trapped into sex rackets or trafficking. The classes are mainly conducted for girls in schools and at different urban/rural areas in collaboration with the ICDS and school authorities. Apart from classes, camps are also conducted on topics like problems of adolescents, gender, child rights, child sexual abuse, environment and on other broad issues of adolescent stage. The activities are carried out by a senior social worker and two field workers.

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HEALTH PROGRAM

From July 2011 onwards, Anweshi has taken a step forward by entering the health field. It has started a Health Care Centre near Calicut Medical College Hospital, to make the services provided by Anweshi available to the innumerable victims of gender violence coming to the hospital for treatment. As part of the program, a close network with the doctors and medical professionals is being formed and training programs will be conducted for them.

LIBRARY AND DOCUMENTATION CENTRE (The knowledge centre)

The library which was started in the year 1995 has grown over the years and is currently having approximately 8000 books. Most of the members accessing our books include activists, students, children, teachers, housewives, doctors, lawyers, research scholars etc. The library has successfully constituted a formal group of children which is called the “Balavedi” for promoting self-development and involving them in informative activities. Many activities are undertaken under Balavedi like theatre workshop, flower making, umbrella making and local level competitions. The day to day activities are carried out by a librarian and an assistant librarian. The library has more than 420 members mostly constituting of women and children.

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ADVOCACY WORK/OUTREACH PROGRAMMES (The awareness promotion)

Our vision is to have a gender just, democratic and a violence free society. Hence we believe that in order to prevent violence it is important to create awareness among various stakeholders like women, students, anganwadi workers, adolescents and their parents, police, lawyers, NGO personnel, health workers and social activists. These are the sections who are equal partners in preventing violence against women. We believe in sensitizing women at the grass root levels so that they can voice their opinion, be aware of their rights and not suffer in silence. The beneficiaries of our organization are encouraged to participate in our programmes wherein they can share their opinion and learn things and thus act as a catalyst in bringing about the process of change.

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Sensitization at decision-making level is important because they are directly involved in fighting all forms of violence against women, eventually promoting accountable and transparent delivery of services. The goal is to create an enabling environment by institutionalizing the concept of gender through these stakeholders to foster progressive changes in discriminatory social, environmental, legal and health framework and appropriate allocation of power and resources in the society at local, state and national level. Our seminars, workshops, legal literacy classes, sensitization work among adolescents etc. are specifically aimed at awareness creation of the above mentioned stakeholders facilitating participation, information sharing, leadership development, reducing dependence, capacity building etc. Some of the topics covered are women’s empowerment, the PWDV Act (2005), gender and adolescent issues, analysis of social institutions, life skill education, women’s rights, gender and sex, child rights, civil and criminal laws concerning women etc.

We have also implemented some innovative methods of reaching out to people through film festivals, literary camps, street plays, plays, theatre workshops, theme based competitions etc. The activities are carried out at local level as well as at state level in participation with government and NGOs.

 

 

 

 


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