Empowerment and Emancipation of Tribal Communities, Jhabua – JEET
IGSSS implements the program ‘Empowering Women: Access and Ownership over Land and Land Based Activities through Education, Legal Literacy and Advocacy in Rural India’ in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh. The program is supported by the European Union and Welthungerhilfe. The program focuses on functional and legal literacy and access to and control over property, income and natural resources among dalit and tribal women. Equal emphasis is being laid on national and state level advocacy and networking activities, since the project encompasses the states of Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The program contributes to the empowerment of vulnerable women in rural India, in consonance with the Millennium Development Goal Three, to promote gender equality and empower women.
Number of Beneficiaries:
406 women through literacy classes, WRCs, SHGs, women’s watch groups (Chetna Mahila Samiti, Gram Suraksha Samiti).
249 children have been reached out to through school enrolment and re-enrolment initiatives.
Type of Beneficiaries:
Tribal Bhil community
Key Intervention Areas:
• Community mobilization and awareness generation on the issue of literacy in the operational and outreach villages
• Facilitating the access to social welfare schemes, like widow pension, disability pension and old age pension, to the most marginalized and deprived women in the community
• Taking up the cause of women afflicted by violence under the Domestic Violence Act
• Resource allocation and use, land holding patterns within the community