4. Some progressive legislations and State sponsored interventions – be it NREGA, the DV Act, RTI, or the manifestation of the National Rural Health Mission on the ground have transformative potential for which grass root women’s organizations have to be better prepared and if necessary reorganized.
KMVS has thus reoriented its interventions in the last few years, and redefined KMVS’s organizational structure to develop into a network of rural women’s collectives. Thus each of the women’s collecteives is enabled to become institutional members of KMVS.
Thus, the organization functions today as a network of different grassroot women’s collectives – some registered autonomously, and some in the process of doing so. The network comprises –
- Two regional collectives of rural women – Saiyare je Sangathan and Ujjas Mahila Sangathan.
- A producer company of rural women artisans from Kutchcalled Qasab.
- An association of women elected rerpresentatives comprising Gram Panchayat political leaders called Sushasini,
- An urban women slum dwellers collective called Sakhi Sangini,
- A federation of folk musicians in Kutch called Soorvani
- A collective of traditional birth attendants – Dai Sangathan
This network of rural women’s collectives is supported by knowledge resource units managed by KMVS. This includes a legal support unit which runs a helpline for domestic violence victims – called Hallo Sakhi, a capacity building unit called Hriday, and a Media and development Communication Unit which published a newsletter Ujjas, edited and managed by representatives of the sangathans, and a community radio studio. The Sangathans and Resource Units are governed and managed by a KMVS Secretariate and the GoverningBoard.