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  project name ~ 2008-MalikaVirdi-Saathiship

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  Project Name

 

2008-MalikaVirdi-Saathiship

  NGO

 

AID Chennai

  Category

 

Saathi

  District

 

Pitoragarh

  State

 

Uttaranchal

  Budget Approved

 

$ 5000

 

  Year Approved

 

2007

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

Sree Ganesan

 

Boston

 

  Caption

 

 

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  Summary

 

 

Malika is an avid mountaineer, people and nature person. She has worked for nearly 3 decades on various human rights and women rights related issues in many places across India (Rajasthan, Delhi, Gujarat and Uttaranchal).
More details: http://www.aidboston.org/MalikaVirdi

Presently she is the Sarpanch of our (Sarmoli - Jainti ) village Forest Council (Van Panchayat) and is a founder member of a womens Collective in Munsiari called Maati which is associated with several regional and national womens and human rights groups. Maati is committed to addressing issues related to the struggles of the everyday lives of mountain women, stuggles of livelihood and food security, and of a life free from violence.

She was also part of a seven month long womens Trans Himalayan expedition that trekked across the Himalaya from Arunachal Pradesh via Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal , Uttaranchal, Himachal , right up till the northernmost point of India called the Karakoram Pass.

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 years (2005) Nobel Peace Prize.

More details at the Saathi website: http://saathi.aidindia.org/new/content/blogcategory/25/81/

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

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 years (2005) Nobel Peace Prize. This is a UNIQUE ENDEAVOUR which gains significance in the fact that it aims to bring recognition to A THOUSAND women across the world like Malika who have been working on significant issues related to women as well as towards the larger well being to living kind.
Malika has been working on these following areas in 2008:
* Strenthening democratic institutions (Eg. van panchayat and increased participation of people-centric women candidates for panchayati raj, writing about women elected representatives in local magazine, Uttara)
* Building networks, alliances and broad basing our understanding(Eg. Publishing about her deposition of state of Uttarakhand''''s forest, Part of ''''Jal Jatra'''' organized by Uttarakhand Nadi Bachaoo Abhiyan, active with Uttarakhand Parivartan Abhiyan, Uttarakhand Mahila Manch, held a state lebel meet on primary education with Rachnatmak Shiksha Manch, Uttarakhand, 6 week Landscape and Lifeskills course, hosted interns for educational excursions for students from international universities)
* Women''''s Issues (Eg. Preventing violence against women, Liquor Prohibition campaign as social boycott leading to reduced drunkenness and violence, honoring 5 women as ''''Munsiari ki Chingari''''(Sparks of Munsiari) as part of International Women''''s Day)
* Livelihood Issues and Food Security (Eg. Strenthening the solarized food economy, market small surplus of food and spices locally, completed year long study on ''''The Dependence of subsistence farming on the forests for nutrient recycling'''', wool work, Community Based Nature Tourism Enterprise, celebrated World Tourism Day, getting computers for Maati from a foundation for computer literacy and information access)
* Ecological Security issues (Eg. 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 second Mesur Forest Fair, Sarmoli Jainti Van Panchayat work, working with the State Department on tourism initiative and conservation of the montane bamboo, challenging Forest Department as it encroches on more community ownership of the van panchayat so that the community manages the forest to meet the subsistence needs of the community as opposed to being exploited by the market).

 

  Goals

 

 

Malika has been working on these following areas in 2008:
- 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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