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  project name ~ 2011 Malika Virdi Saathiship

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


2011 Malika Virdi Saathiship



AID India



Community Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 235000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Mona Mandal












Malika is a social activist and mountaineer working on the issues that concern the mountain people in Munsiari, Uttarakhand for almost two decades since she moved there to be a mother and farmer living with the community. A founding member of a womens collective, Maati and another civil society group, Himal Prakriti, she is also affiliated with various regional and national groups on bringing out the issues of a remote region.

More details: www.aidboston.org/MalikaVirdi





2005: Malika Virdi has been nominated by a group called the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 ( www.1000peacewomen.org ) as one of their nominees for this year’s (2005) Nobel Peace Prize. 2010 Achievements:
Focus Areas:
a) Livelihood and Food Security: Strengthening the solarized food economy, Maati Mahila haat, surveys to better understand local food economy, wool work, Community Based Nature Tourism Enterprise, farmer producer groups working with polyhouse or green house technology
b) Strengthening Democratic Institutions: Participation in the unique Van Panchayat institution, increased participation of people-centric women candidates for panchayati raj and writing articles on the issues
c) Building Alliances and Networks: Publishing about her deposition of state of Uttarakhand''''''''s forest, Jan Sansad participation, Celebrating 100 Years of Women''''''''s Day in Dehradun, held a state level meet on primary education with Rachnatmak Shiksha Manch and Landscape and Lifeskills course and hosting interns for educational excursions for students from international universities
d) Ecological Security: Disseminating information on public hearing process to discuss the legal and policy implications for the community and the ecology of the Gori valley about the several hydro power projects planned in the valley, organizing Mesur Forest Fair, Sarmoli Jainti Van Panchayat work, Mesur Youth Sarmoli - garbage and plastic free campaigns by local youths and alternative energy sources such as solar lanterns, solar cookers and LED based house lighting systems
e) Women''''''''s Issues: Preventing violence against women with Domestic Violence Prevention Act, Liquor Prohibition campaign as social boycott leading to reduced drunkenness and violence, honoring women as Munsiari ki Chingari(Sparks of Munsiari) as part of International Women''''''''s Day





Malika has been working on these following areas in the past year:
-Strenthening democratic institutions
- Building networks, alliances and broad basing our understanding
- Women''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Issues
- Livelihood Issues and Food Security
- Ecological Security issues



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