For the first time, in the year 2000, Action India extended its work to Hapur District – a predominantly rural area. A network of SHGs was the entry point to our rural intervention combined with a campaign for enrolling children in schools. We focussed on child labour with the message that every child not in school is child labour.
Sabla Mahasangh, a Federation of 200 SHGs, has been formed which acts as a pressure group–promoting small and marginal women farmers, food security and sustainable livelihood through creating bank linkages for enterprise development. We have now begun to strengthen women’s leadership in the Panchayati Raj Institutions. The two issues that were raised repeatedly in Sabla Mahasangh include: Alcoholism and gender based violence. The leaders of Sabla Mahasangh met Senior District Officers and handed a memorandum supported with the 2557 signatures collected against alcoholism.
Women step out on the streets of Hapur town, U.P. Women speakup against violence
Enhancing women’s access to health services, working with a focus on pregnant women and children under 6 years, we have addressed the causes of Maternal Mortality Rate(MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR). More importantly, Action India has evolved a clear gender perspective to understand the endemic causes of India’s high MMR/IMR rooted in a caste based society dominated by the powerful elite classes. Action India’s approach to the problem starts at the bottom of the ladder, the direct beneficiary the pregnant woman who is subjugated in her own family, by her family members, community members, and service providers so as to address the problem as a whole to validate the community empowerment model.