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  project name ~ Saathiship-Taraji

category ~ Saathi




  Project Name















  Budget Approved


Rs 240000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Nivedita Seerpi
Nitin Ved
Neetu Jain












Taraji has been working with womens issues in the Bhilwada dist. of Rajasthan since 1986. She started her stint in the area as a social-worker in UNICEF funded "Womens Development Program." After the decade-long project ended, she stayed on to serve as an advocate for the rural women who continue to seek her out. Taraji holds degrees in Psychology and Social Work, and has authored many articles on womens issues. Her book on witch-hunting in Bhilwada is awaiting release.





Taraji continues her fight to raise awareness about violence against women in every form- female feticide, dowry deaths, domestic violence, rape. Her work with witch-hunting victims has led to the Govt. of Rajasthan drafting the "Dayan Virodhi Act." She is working to educate UNICEF and other organizations about "natha-pratha." Her sustained work with women has led to a community that is more sensitized towards this issue and a more supportive judiciary.





Taraji continued her work with the women in Bhilwada well after institutional funding dried up. The saathiship will support her current efforts with all facets of women''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s issues-awareness, empowerment, prevention, rehabilitation and policy.



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