“India lives in the villages.” – Mahatma Gandhi
India’s true growth can only happen if its rural villages grow, as nearly 70% of the population still lives in 600,000 villages. While urban India has seen significant development in the last three decades, rural areas still face poverty, low literacy rates, and a lack of basic infrastructure such as schools and hospitals. These issues increase social problems such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and alcoholism. The youth is migrating to urban areas in search of new opportunities, further exacerbating these issues.
We started our project by talking to the women of the village to know what their main concerns were. They came up our first project… The recommissioning of toilets at the primary school. The toilets were in a disused state and had been non-functional for sometime due to lack of water supply to the school. The children used the nearby fields when needed.
Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behaviour used by one person in a relationship to exert power and control over their partner. Domestic violence against women can take many forms, including physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and economic abuse
Women’s empowerment refers to the process of enabling women to have greater control over their lives and to be able to make their own decisions. This can include empowering women to participate fully in the economy and in the political process, as well as empowering them to make decisions about their own health and well-being.
Gender discrimination refers to the unequal treatment or opportunities of individuals based on their gender. This can take many forms, including discrimination in the workplace, in education, and in other areas of life. It can involve unequal pay, lack of access to education or other resources, or being subjected to violence or harassment because of one’s gender.