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  project name ~ UtthanIII Enhancing Institutional Capacity Year 3

category ~ Women Empowerment




  Project Name


UtthanIII Enhancing Institutional Capacity Year 3






Women Empowerment



Bhavnagar, Amreli and Rajula




  Budget Approved


$ 5000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Ashish ranjan
kamayani swami
Devashree Saha
Haripriya Sridharan











Exposure visits to motivate the community on various issues, right based movements, demonstration of good governance on disaster mitigation, new agricultural practices, women initiating various income generating activities, etc are being planned in the next phase.





a. Women’s federations: Strengthening of a grass roots women’s movement - In all the federations, regular meetings of the Representative Council, Working Committee and issue-based groups were held. b. Livelihood opportunities and biodiversity conservation - In Bhavnagar, Mahua and Rajula, a number of income generation activities were taken up by the federation members through their internal savings, bank loans and available revolving funds. Utthan has been trying to support biodiversity initiatives with the broad objective to increase livelihood securities of women. Towards this, women have started fodder, fuel and seed banks. Model organic farms have also been set up to train villagers in organic farming. c. Initiatives to end Gender based violence and institutional mechanisms like Nyay Samitis (Justice Committees) - The village level awareness campaign was taken up in all work areas in December and focused on building an environment for VAW. Advocacy - With the much awaited notification of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 in September 2006, Utthan has actively taken up efforts to gear up as an organisation and collectively at the State level, to make this Act a reality. Two ''''''''Zero tolerance zones'''''''' have been set up where the villagers voice a commitment to zero tolerance to violence against women. d. Right to Water and Sanitation - Utthan has been working on the issues of access to safe, adequate and sustainable water and sanitation, revival of traditional sources etc which is a basic human right. All this work is being done through village level INRM committees like Water Committees, Watershed Committees and Disaster preparedness committees etc., wherein the effort is being made continuously to have an equal and active participation by women since women play a major role, in water collection and management. e - Work with women Sarpanchs and Panchayat members has been done through the Federation. A number of initiatives have been taken up in building awareness on the importance Gram sabhas, role of Sarpanchs, linkages with Talati etc.. Training for women who are interested in the issue and are part of the Panchayati Raj Samitis was held. The trainign focuses on the role and responsibility of Sarpachs, Panchayat members and the requirements for preparing for the coming Gram Panchayat elections. Cultural medium has been used as an important way to carry out this work and build awareness. Strong linkages have been made with Mahila Swaraj Abhiyan (a network of Gujarat based organsitations working on women’s space in local governance) for all these interventions. Through the Network and prior to the local village panchayat elections in Gujarat, civil society groups joined together to carry out election awareness campaigns in 1800 villages of 95 talukas in Gujarat through media like meetings, film screenings, poster exhibitions, material dissemination, signature campaigns, FGDs. 34 villages were covered by Utthan in all its areas through this campaign. f. Women’s Land and property rights - Work on this issue has continued through the women’s federations and linkages with the Working Group for Women and Land Ownership (WGWLO) a Gujarat based network. As of now, the process of capacity building of federation members to strengthen understanding of legal revenue matters and a feminist perspective of land and property rights is on.





• Lifting women’s status and building a collective voice: Leadership building, strengthening women’s role in governance, protection from violence and discrimination, restoration of reproductive rights and protection of the girl child, building peace strategies between fractured communities. • Livelihood security and conflict resolution : Disaster and natural resource management, rainwater harvesting, soil/water conservation particularly for drinking water, land and forest improvement for food, fodder, fuel and improved quality of life : • Health and sanitation: Awareness of hygienic practices and clean environments, access to clean drinking water, disaster management (both natural and man-made) • Financial security, particularly for women, through income generating opportunities and savings / credit programs • Networking and advocacy: Advocacy for policy change at local, state, national and international levels The goal was to also have a 15 days village level awareness campaign focused on building an environment against VAW. The focus in Saurashtra was to building zero violence zones through zero violence individuals and families. This campaign also aimed educate people regarding the following - - About the DVA 2005 and how it can be used - About how the implications of adverse sex ratios in the future - work being done by the Nyay Samiti



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