Empowerment of Dalit Women and Adolescent Girls


TIMELINE: July 2013 to June 2016

OBJECTIVE: Dalit women and adolescent girls are empowered to access quality education and public schemes in Bihar

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE: District of Patna, with 51 villages across 22 Panchayats (Koriawan, Nohsa, Bhusaula, Faridpur, Sacraicha, Suitha, Parsa, Chilbili, Nagar Nigam, Kurkur, Dhibra, Sorampur, Lakhanibigha, Jamaluddin, Sarari, Jamsaut, Jalalpur, Koathwan, Neora, Makhdumpur and Pannal), 3 Blocks (Phulwarisarief, Danapur and Bihatta).

DEMOGRAPHIC COVERAGE: total population of 500 girls and women altogether belonging to the Dalit community.

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The initiative has enabled :

  1. Musahar communities and children belonging to the community are empowered to raise their voice against discriminatory practices in schools like name calling, and assisted to secure educational benefits enshrined in the RTE Act.
  2. The girls to be regular intheir schooling and about a hundred of them identified as potential leaders in the community are being supported through the programme.
  3. Dalit women from across the villages to raise their issues that concerns them with to the local administration.
  4. The participation of well-informed Dalit women in the School Management Committees (SMCs) as prescribed in the Right to Education Act, to monitor the Complementary Educational Centres and supervise the Mid-Day-Meal programmein schools. Of the 200 Dalitwomen members in the SMCs, about twenty are working as AnganwadiSevikas and cooks in the schools, engaging with local leaders on issues of discrimination and other concerns.
  5. Awareness on the cumulative fall outs of child marriages and linkages with schemes and programme for livelihoos and health have prevented early marriages in project areas.
  6. A visible decline in the treatment of illness by village quacks after receiving information and facilitation in linking up with health enmtitlements.