Gender Programmes | Success Story

Breaking Stereotypes

Breaking Stereotypes

By: Sohini Bhattacharjee, Officer Communications   Story of Ramvilas and Gauri sowing seeds of Gender Fairness in remote Uttar Pradesh     Braving the early morning rain, the two of them rushed to the small office of Gramin Vikas Prayas Samiti (GVPS), a local NGO in...
The  Pathmakers  from  Phutia

The Pathmakers from Phutia

Story by: Mr. Harish Tiwari, Project Coordinator, Jhabua   Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh: When this motley group of 10 women from Phutia village in Jhabua district Madhya Pradesh, set out to form a Self Help Group (SHG) with the help of IGSSS  intervention, the villagers did...
Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil

I am Champa, not just the wife of Ganeshbhai.My identity is that I am a good tailor and also a member of the mandal.People know me today not by my name but by the quality of my work. Vadodara, Gujarat: The nation shook with horror and agony when the news about the...
The Conquerors

The Conquerors

“Aaje aa naaniv pahaadipr chadhi to jag ni vishal taaney sundarta dekhai ne… aagal aagal mota pahado chadhsoon jag jeet shoon aapna maatey”   When I climbed this small hill I could see the vastness and the beauty of the world. Bigger mountains lie ahead.We will...
Varshaben’s Story

Varshaben’s Story

“Aa mandal ne leedheyj hoon aatli aagal aavi to maarey kaink to paachhu aapvu ke nahi?” It is because of the Mahila Mandal that I could achieve so much, should I not be giving back something to it?.   Vadodara, Gujarat: Varshaben is a delight to talk with, her...
Exploration

Exploration

“Maaru ghar? Eehaju mara sasrana baapa na naam ma chhe. Beno nanaamey milkathoye to soo, aa bhaiyo emni kamanianey parivar daarooma bagaadey? Amaari Mandlima aa muddo aavano chhe” (My house? It is still in the name of the father of my father-in-law. Do you think if...
Brave Manisha

Brave Manisha

  Manisha’s house was visibly dilapidated. One whole corner in the front crumbled long back and it was a daily struggle for the family to keep the sun, rain and the stray dogs at bay. The shambles was a clear reflection of the family’s miserable economic condition....
Sky Calling

Sky Calling

A bride of a traditional Dalit family is usually expected to be a simpleton. She may well be endowed with reading and writing skills and has a mind of her own, but such virtues are carefully overlooked. And this was precisely the story with Neeruben from Vadodara,...
Happiness – My Identity

Happiness – My Identity

      Geetaben has not heard of Leo Tolstoy’s famous quote “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” but hers is one of the happiest family in the limda village of Vadodara district, Gujarat. She has played a significant role...
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