ANASUYA BYNDOOR

Karnataka

Organization

SWARAJ (Sustainable Women's Action For Rights And Justice)

Vision Statement

None

Project Details

COMMUNITY INITIATIVE FOR RESISTNG POVERTY AND PATRIARCHY SWARAJ Sangatane, is a women’s rights organization has engaged with most marginalized communities in combating poverty and patriarchy. Since the inception of our initiative, we were able to facilitate a platform of women from the marginalized communities to organize themselves for mitigating violence against women and girls and also to reduce poverty by using available government programs and schemes. So far, we are successful: • In ascertaining the employment rights of women under MNREGA. More than 3000 women from rural communities in Bidar, Bellary, Chamrajnagar and Ramnagar districts of Karnataka have established their right to work under MNREGA. In this endeavor we were able to make the Gram Panchayaths responsible in ensuring the reach of the poverty alleviation programs to the most marginalized communities particularly Daliths, OBCs, Muslims and women headed families. • It was also possible for us to revive 59 lakes and agriculture land development belonging to Daliths and small farmers through MNREGA. • We also used the opportunity of MNREGA to stop open defecation by constructing toilets. So far 500 toilets were built by the community. • Efforts were also made to help women who have been victimized to Devadasi system to promote sustainable agriculture. Natural farming was promoted among 12 farming communities and 4 children’s groups in tribal hadies. • The women organization at community level has successfully addressed more than 2000 incidences of violence against women and girls. • SWARAJ as part of national campaign for “Universalistion of Pension”, was successfully able to mobilize communities in Karnataka in collaboration with the likeminded collectives. As a result, the state government has announced new pension scheme ‘Mansivini’ for women who are un-married and ‘Maithri’ for sexual minority community. • We were able to share the information about the pension program of the state to the community collectives. The community efforts have resulted in getting pensions for 2000 families and ration for the marginalized communities. The strong connect with the grassroot women collective inspiring to scale up the initiative for combating poverty and patriarchy. Through this initiative we would like to propose sustainable agriculture, right to work under MNREGA and combating violence against women. We as a collective the women’s rights organization – SWARAJ Sangatane as well as the tribal Community based organization “Karnataka Aranya Moola Budakattugala Okkoota” would work together for enhancing sustainable livelihood opportunities by women and tribal communities. We will work in seven districts namely Chickmagalur, Udupi, Kodagu, Ramnagar, Chamrajnagar, Bijapur and Bidar. Sustaible Agriculture: Aim to promote natural farming among small and marginalized farmers for ensuring food security of the communities. MNREGA: The continued efforts will be made to use MNREGA for mitigating the risk of drought and migration. Here we will ensure that community will have employment opportunities, rejunivating water bodies and plantation of trees. Violence against women: Through community collectives, we would enhance opportunities to make violence free homes. The idea is to eliminate domestic violence. Duration: Minimum 5 years Expected Outcome: This initiative envisage following changes: a. Around 500 small and marginalized farmers will adopt natural farming for their food security. b. More than 5000 women will get employment under MNREGA for enhancing their livelihood opportunities. c. At least 50 water bodies will be rejuvenated for accessing water facilities by the communities. d. 1000 families will be in a position to lead a life free from domestic violence. e. 500 women will be part of Global Action on Poverty group. Conclusion: This initiative seeks support from every nook and corner in the formation of the collective for fighting poverty and patriarchy. We seek the support of Global Action on Poverty to continue our journey in this endeavor. ********

Focus area of project

Agriculture

Stage of your work in poverty eradication

Firmed up the idea and rolled out in a small way

Aims to eradicating poverty

Poverty is the root cause for social exclusion, inequalities, discrimination and marginalization. This compels us to fight against poverty.

Current impact of the project

So far, we are successful: • In ascertaining the employment rights of women under MNREGA. More than 3000 women from rural communities in Bidar, Bellary, Chamrajnagar and Ramnagar districts of Karnataka have established their right to work under MNREGA. In this endeavor we were able to make the Gram Panchayaths responsible in ensuring the reach of the poverty alleviation programs to the most marginalized communities particularly Daliths, OBCs, Muslims and women headed families. • It was also possible for us to revive 59 lakes and agriculture land development belonging to Daliths and small farmers through MNREGA. • We also used the opportunity of MNREGA to stop open defecation by constructing toilets. So far 500 toilets were built by the community. • Efforts were also made to help women who have been victimized to Devadasi system to promote sustainable agriculture. Natural farming was promoted among 12 farming communities and 4 children’s groups in tribal hadies. • The women organization at community level has successfully addressed more than 2000 incidences of violence against women and girls. • SWARAJ as part of national campaign for “Universalistion of Pension”, was successfully able to mobilize communities in Karnataka in collaboration with the likeminded collectives. As a result, the state government has announced new pension scheme ‘Mansivini’ for women who are un-married and ‘Maithri’ for sexual minority community. • We were able to share the information about the pension program of the state to the community collectives. The community efforts have resulted in getting pensions for 2000 families and ration for the marginalized communities.

Proposed impact in future

As 70% of the population are made to live under poverty since many centuries to elevate people from the structural poverty it is imperative to closely engage with people for ascertaining the rights. We would continue our journey by facilitating platforms of the marginalized for influencing policy and systemic change.