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  project name ~ Short Stay Shelter for Women

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  Project Name


Short Stay Shelter for Women



Seemant Kisaan Sahyog Sansthan (SKSS)



Women Empowerment







  Budget Approved


$ 0


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Anjana Muralidharan
Murtaza Gandhi


Baton Rouge









The goal of this project is to provide a Short Shelter Home for abused women with the intent of keeping them safe and protecting them from the perpetrators while their case is being registered in the court. The plan is to have the victim stay till she has regained some confidence to enter the society again.

AID Atlanta and AID Baton Rouge propose to jointly fund the project cost of Rs. 5,18,000 and will share the project cost equally. Both chapters will release $2500 each (total $5000) immediately, and $2500 each (total $5000) after 6 months.





Following are some of the work and achievements of Tara Ahluwalia during the past two decades. All listed items are relevant for Women’s Empowerment and are synergetic with the Short Shelter Home. 1. Working at an individual capacity supporting women victims of violence., 1995 - Present - Rural and Urban women slowly and steadily kept coming to me reporting several forms of violence. I have handled cases of more than 350 women who were victims several kinds of violence: - physical and mental violence within families - sexual harassment within homes, schools and supposedly safe and unsafe places - rape victims - witch hunting victims - victims of caste based atrocities. - I have supported them at a personal level from providing them temporary relief, rehabilitating them to securing justice for them from the police, judiciary and administration. - Through this work I have learnt to employ different strategies based on the on the issue the woman came with: - Counseled families when women wanted compromise - Supported women who wanted justice through courts - Joined jati panchayats and got them to support women who were victims of caste based violence like witch hunting and nata pratha - Used village meetings as a form of pressure on families and communities - Used rallies and dharnas to pressurize the administration and police. - Rehabilitated several victims who wanted to live independently. - Provided temporary accomodation in my home several times to provide safety and immediate relief. 2. District Specialist for IDARA, Information Development and Resource Agency, a UNICEF funded Women Development Programme, 1986 - 1994 - Work involved increasing awareness and training rural women about their rights. The idea of the programme was to build women’s collectives which can work as pressure groups and intervene collectively to resolve their problems. 3. Family Counseling Center, 2003-Present - With support from Ministry of Health, Rajasthan, I initiated a FCC (Family Counselling Center) in Bhilwara Government Hospital. The two FCC counsellers spend time in the hospital identifying cases of physical and mental violence against women and approach them offering their support. This has also been a very successful platform for reaching out to women in trouble. 4. Work against female foeticide, 2006 – Present - With support from CFAR (Center for Advocacy and Research, Delhi), I worked on identifying clinics which were providing specific services for female foeticide and got the Govt. to cancel registrations for 11 clinics under PCPDNT act. 5. Research study on witch hunting in Bhiwara, 2006 - 2007 - With support from Jagori, a research based women’s group from Delhi I did a research action study on Witchhunting in Bhilwara district and published a book with all the case studies of women I supported and fought for. 6. Self- Defense classes (venedo) for high school girls - Organized classes on gender based violence to sensitize high school girls and self defense training called venledo for girls. There are instances where young girls have opened up and reported cases of sexual harassment within families and schools after these classes.





i) For abused women, provide a safe shelter, food and clothing as necessary while their case is registered/fought in the court. ii) Provide counseling, legal and medical aid as needed. iii) Serve as a support group for victims. In police records, Bhilwara stands out as a place where many women face violence; But the city does not have a short stay home to provide safe shelter for such women. Tara Ahluwalia, a AID Saathi will run the short stay home and expects to register as a service provider for Domestic Violence Act.



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