Thursday, March 8, 2012

Empowering tribal women their motto

Under the banner, 'Girijana Mahila Federation' around 45 tribal women residing in HD Kote, are involved in empowering tribal women not only socially and economically but also in educating tribes.

Using the facilities provided by the Government, members of this society have taken up several income generation activities. They purchase daily needs from the local market and sell it to the people residing in tribal colonies after ascertaining their quality and price.

By creating awareness among women about the importance of savings and basic education, the members are taking initiatives to enroll more number of children to the Ashrama school nearby.

Members of Mahila Maramma Swasahaya Sangha situated at B Mathkere hamlet and Niveditha Mahila Swasahaya Sangha situated at Basavanagiri hamlet were in city on Sunday to take part in the 4th Tribal Youth Exchange Programme said that after enrolling into these Self Help Groups's their lifestyle changed drastically and are learning many new things.

Bhagyamma, President of Girijana Mahila Federation said that meetings are held every month with the tribal women where discussions are held on how to solve problems faced in the hamlets as well as in their own families.

Under Right to Information Act (RTI), with assistance of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, the association members have collected details of various projects taken up by the government and have fought against the injustice in their implementation, said Bhagyamma and added, 'We collected details of Kanthana hamlet where low quality drainage work was going-on and forced the concerned person to rework the same project and do a better job.'

She said that they were successful in enforcing a ban on the sale of alcohol in some of their hamlets. The women keep a watch whether the benefits are reaching the appropriate people properly and also whether the ration is distributed regularly. She said that the motto of their organization is to educate women residing in the tribal areas and remote villages.

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