Urban knowledge cell: [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color:#26738C;”]I[/dropcap]n a first of it’s kind of initiative for KMVS, it has started to work in the urban area of Bhuj. The urban cell has been working for past 2.5 years. It’s main activities are targeted towards organising women from slum areas in to groups and involve them in livelihood activities. The major programmes are involving them in to door to door collection programmes, training them as home managers and caterers and as master tailors for stitching high end products of Qasab. The major breakthrough has been promoting SHG groups of these women and making a federation of it. The collective strength has worked wonders for such women and is continually improving their standard of lives.
The cell is striving towards providing such innovative livelihood options and work towards their holistic growth.
To better understand this changing situation, KMVS did a study in the areas primarily being urbanized to assess how to begin working with urban women. A summary of outcomes were as follows:[custom_list type=”dot”]
- Lack of basic amenities and informationEncroachment of land for building houses
- Congested colonies without proper drainage system causing serious health hazards
- No identity proof (ration cards, birth certificates etc.) resulting in fewer rights as citizens, and
- Admitting children in schools
- Limited livelihood options for women migrating from rural areas.
- Women are victimized and sexually harassed by employers causing insecurity
- Poor families are spending more than what they are earning since towns and cities are
- comparatively more expensive than villages
- The women do not have a voice and are not organized[/custom_list]