Mahila Samakhya Karnataka

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Republic Day preparation

Every year KGBV students are participated in Koppal the Republic Day parade 2011-12. 35 students of Koppal KGBV were selected for the Republic Day parade. They were actively involved in the rehearsals, preparation and training for the parade. They participated in the parade and won appreciation for their effort.

Cluster Resource Persons Meeting

District level units review the programmes conducted at the village/cluster/taluk level in their monthly meetings. The meeting agenda includes resolving the sangha problems through discussion, follow-up of previous initiatives, formulating plans for the next month, action plan, training for skill building for the staff and providing need-based information. The meetings have resulted in compiling the numbers and figures of the district programmes, monitoring them and ensuring effective implementation.

It includes collecting case studies, monitoring the monthly district programmes and providing clarity to the new Sahayoginis about their work. In this year, 180 meetings have been conducted in 15 districts.

Staff Meeting

The monthly programme and administrative meetings help in monitoring the implementation of the programme, providing suggestions and solution to the problems faced by staff and take decisions. These meetings create an environment of mutual growth, provide an opportunity for communication and training in managerial skills. These meetings also help in improving the relations between the programme and administration staff and resolving operational issues.

Zilla Samiti Sabhe

The objective of these meetings is to share the experiences of the federations, improve the skills of the EC members, promote healthy competition among the federation members, enable the federations to manage their accounts and strengthen the federations. As per the annual plan, Zilla samiti meetings have been held once in quarter. In this year, 22 meetings have been held in which 1492 EC members have participated from seven districts.

District Nari Adalat Meeting

The objective of these meetings is to share the work of the Nari Adalats in the district, obtain suitable suggestions, resolve complex problems, develop the skills of the members and further strengthen the Nari Adalats. The meeting is conducted through lectures, use of charts and sharing success/failure of cases. As per the yearly planning exercise, the district Nari Adalat meetings have been held on a quarterly basis. About 218 members from four districts have participated in these meetings.

Nari Sanjeevani Meeting

The objective of these meetings is to share the work of the Nari Sanjeevani centres and share information about locally available medicinal plants and their uses. These meetings also give information about the Health Department programmes conducted under the Nari Sanjeevani centre, share experience about the preparation of herbal medicines at the taluk level, for eg. Zandu balm, acne creams, herbal/natural shampoos and other remedies. Special features of each Nari Sanjeevani are shared and many women have adopted the practice of growing medicinal plants in their gardens. This year again the Nari Sanjeevani meeting was held at Bijapur at district level (once in a quarter). In other districts the meetings are held at block/taluka level.

Capacity Building Training

This training is provided to develop skills in women to work as resource persons at the village and taluk level. The capacity building trainings are:

  • Prerana Melas
  • Village Resource Person Training
  • Participatory Rural Appraisal training

Prerana Melas

Information about the election process was shared with selected women in the Prerana Melas to enable them to contest the Gram Panchayat elections as per the 73rd Amendment. In Bijapur district, the mela was held with support from the Hunger Project and the Singamma Srinivasan Foundation. The issues discussed were aims and objectives of MSK, preparing need-based lists of women and general and technical information on the Gram Panchayat. It also provided information on candidate sheets, election campaigns, networks and roles and responsibilities. All this was shared with the women in the form of role-plays, songs and charts. In these melas, 377 women from 257 groups from 14 taluks from three (Raichur, Bijapur and Bagalkote) districts participated. In some districts the melas have been conducted at the district level. In some districts, they have been conducted at the Block level under the banner of federation.

Village Resource Persons Training

The objective of this training is to develop skilled and active women, identified at the village level, into resource persons to manage the work of the federations through which MSK implements its programmes. In this direction, 977 women from Bellary and Bidar districts have undergone the first phase of training in self-reliance, health and legal issues.

Participatory Rural Appraisal Training

The objective of the training was to identify the problem of the village and to develop skills for cooperation through resource sharing and consolidation of the information. In Bellary district, the VRPs from the village level have already been trained in three issues – self-reliance, law and health. After the training, 24 women from 24 villages, who were active and participative in their field work, were identified. These women were part of the two-day Participatory Rural Appraisal Training which was conducted by Myrada to develop their skills further.

Staff training

Special training was held for the staff, like the Sahayoginis, CRPs and JRPs, who work at the grass root level with the rural communities. The sessions were on information sharing, skill identification and skill development. The various trainings are given below:

Para-legal Training

This training was organised to develop the Sahayoginis, CRPs and JRPs as resource persons who could respond to the legal problems of the women and help them resolve it. This was organised in 10 districts and 204 staff members benefited from it. This resulted in an improvement in the skills required by the staff on legal issues, proper guidance in cases at Nari Adalats and the efficiency of the staff in resolving legal issues in their lives.

Gender Training

This training was organised for Sahayoginis, CRPs and JRPs, to discourage gender discrimination and encourage equality. This was organised in 10 districts and 204 staff members have benefited from it. As a result of this, the staff is able to train children in the community as well as schools on the gender aspect. Families are also coming forward in sending children to school without any gender discrimination.

Documentation Training

The objective of this training was skill building in documentation and 50 staff members from three districts (Gadag, Bijapur and Chamarajnagar) participated in it. Now, they can write reports in a proper manner and are also able to train others.

Training in Nari Adalats and Federation Concepts

The primary focus area of this training was to provide clarity on the concept of Nari Adalat and the efficient management of the documentation of the federation. It was organised in five districts (Bagalkote, Chamarajnagar, Bijapur, Gadag and Chikkaballapur) and 96 staff members including Sahayoginis, CRPs and JRPs participated in it. This has helped in forming the Nari Adalats and federations in new districts and they are also able to guide the EC members.

Cluster Resource Persons Meeting

The main topics discussed in this training included different aspects that form a good case study and which topics can better illustrate a case study. It was organised in three districts (Chamarajnagar Mysore and Gadag) and 44 staff members (DPC/RP, JRP/CRP) took part in it. This has resulted in the staff developing an aptitude for researching their cases well and submitting completed case studies. The quality of the district level documentation has also shown marked improvement.

Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA)

Finding supportive information for field level problems and building participatory skills to consolidate resources are the main topics dealt with in this training. This training was conducted in three districts and 44 staff members took part in it including RPs, JRPs, CRPs and Sahayoginis. This has helped the women to take up rural issues and resolve them and helped in information consolidation by the trained staff.

Kala thanda Training

This training was conducted to help share information with rural women in a simple, clear and effective way. It was conducted in three districts and 15 staff members (CRPs and Sahayoginis) participated in it. The trained staff, which included the EC members, formed a team to put up a street play on gender sensitization for men in 228 villages.

Health Training

The objective of this training was to respond to the health problems of the women as well as provide health-related information.
In Chamarajanagar, 22 staff members have learnt about uterine cancer. They have discussed this at the sangha meeting, identified members who have uterine cancer and held a camp for them. In Chikkaballapur, the field functionaries have obtained information about nutrition and healthy food. They are now including nutritious food in their diets and are also sharing this information with other sangha members. 526 people from 12 villages have viewed the presentation and exhibition on importance of nutrition. In Raichur district, 23 functionaries have attended a one-day health awareness camp conducted by UNICEF. They are sharing this information with flood affected villages, especially about the facilities available in the health department for the flood affected families.

Appreciative Enquiry Training

The objective of this training was to build creative thinking, proactive attitude and vision for the MSK programme among the DPCs, RPs and JRPs. It was conducted in three districts Belgaum,Gadag and Chikkaballapur and 21 personnel participated in it. The staff members now have a proactive approach and recognise the work/achievements of the women and encourage them.

Negotiation Training

This training was conducted with the objective of helping the sangha women to articulate their ideas confidently when they approach and speak to Government officials. Now, the women have an improved self-confidence and visits to local officials by these women have shown an increase.

Network Programmes

The following programmes have been conducted to establish and improve the links with Government departments, to avail the facilities from them and to further strengthen the MSK programme. Organising these programmes was possible after receiving the information through many networks on the need assessment.

District Network Meeting

The district network meeting has been held in five districts with the participation of local officials, NGO representatives and MSK staff. This resulted in MSK developing links with the departments and getting support from these departments. The local officials and other NGOs are also helping MSK in activities like ‘One Village – One Sangha’, legal awareness camps, women’s literacy center, etc. and the sangha women are also able to avail the facilities from the departments without difficulty.

Legal Awareness Camp

This camp has been held in two districts and the sangha women, District Magistrates, President of the district lawyers association, office bearers of the rural women’s federation and the district coordinators have acted as resource persons. As a result of the camp, 12 cases in Chamarajanagar have been resolved on the spot. The number of cases coming to Nari Adalats have increased and women are better informed about domestic violence prohibition Act 2005, property rights, child marriage and Dowry Prohibition Act.

District Education Festival

The district education festival was held in one district and 540 women, EC members of the federation, other NGOs and MSK staff participated in it. The event helped in promoting MSK programme and creating awareness on the girl child education and gender equality amongst 540 deserving women.

International Women's Day

The International women’s day is an opportunity to promote women oriented thinking, recognise the equal status of women and for women to recognise their own identity. This event was held in Chamarajanagar. The event saw the participation of 650 women, officials of different departments (CDPO, Vice President of the Zilla Panchayat, taluk Panchayat President) and MSK staff. There is increased awareness amongst women about their rights and the importance of being literate. Literacy has made the women realise that lack of toilets in houses is a mark of disrespect towards them and they are of the opinion that all houses should have toilets. This realisation has made the process of toilet construction in houses gain momentum.

Health Camp

The health camps were conducted in Mysore district and was attended by 50 women and members of the Rotary Club. This has helped in improving the networks with the Rotary Club. About 10 women who need monetary support have been identified for further treatment. This list has been sent to the Rotary Club to obtain financial assistance or for the provision of free treatment.

DLRC (District Level Review Committee) Meeting

MSK has participated in a meeting of the banks in Mysore district (which is within their work area) to create linkages and discuss the activities of the groups. Three staff members participated in it and have shared the problems they face when interacting with banks officials.

Programme Review

Internal Review

In Gadag, Chamarajanagar and Bijapur districts, an internal review was carried out as per the annual planning process. This was to identify the progress, strengthen field activities, facilitate future planning and understand the status and situation of the sanghas. These reviews were held in 12 taluks and was a learning experience for the staff members to conduct review in the future.
Women were also able to see the benefits of information received and implemented during the sangha and committee meetings. In addition to this, the CRPs were asked to prepare an action plan based on the findings of the review.

Special Programmes

Talent Hunt

A workshop was organised at 11 districts as per the guidelines of the state office to identify talent in women and to record the songs written by MSK. 172 women participated in this and shared the songs they knew. MSK invited external resource persons from the district for this workshop and selected five women from each district in their presence. Later these selected women gave their voice to the songs that were recorded and sent to the state office of MSK.
As a result, the women with talent in singing have been recognised and have been able to participate in the state level programme. This has given immense pleasure to their families, sanghas and the communities they belong to as well as facilitated support and encouragement of the community for them.

Theatre Group

A theatre group (Kala thanda) was created to stage short plays and to ensure that the message of gender discrimination was more effective in reaching the communities. The team that was formed in Chamarajanagar comprised of MSK staff and EC members. They were taught how to communicate on any issue, through plays, in a two-day workshop. A play called ‘Karulina Kudi’ was scripted and the women were given performance tips, training in dialogue delivery, facial expressions and body movements through various activities. This was necessary to help them communicate about the evils of child marriage and gender inequality to rural audiences. The team has performed street plays in about 22 villages on gender issues and has created awareness about girl child education also. This has created an impact that has been significant as menfolk are offering a helping hand to the women in the housework.

Training for police personnel

In Raichur district, 240 police personnel women police constables, Police Sub Inspector, police constables were trained in four batches by the RPs on the links between gender and power of authority. The training dealt with gender inequality and gender bias, effects on family and community and its linkage with gender and authority. In the training songs, stories, popular sayings, films and quizzes were used to present the district level information.
In Lingsugur taluk, Raichur district, the NEPGEL school run by MSK came to the notice of the BRC for its good practices and was recommended for a two-day training with support from the department.
The Sahayoginis conducted a two-day training for children on gender issues, importance of education, child marriage and health. In the same district, an organisation called Hosa Belaku Trust is working on HIV/AIDS in five taluks in association with the Health Department. They have identified 40 people who had HIV and have formed a group. They have been given training in documentation and the aims and objectives of the sangha by the JRP. As a result, they are working towards fulfilling the aims and objectives of the sangha and are also maintaining the required documentation.

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