Rapid Action for Human Advancement Tradition (RAHAT)

Project Theme

Ending Violence Against Women

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Jul 2013 - 30 Jun 2014

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Introduction

Violence against women is the most rampant form of inequity and human rights violation, contributing to their social exclusion and poverty. The nature of violence against women pervades all caste, class, ethnicity and religion. Women are the worst sufferer because of prevailing inequity within society, which in women’s case reflects in the form of violence. The unequal power relations between men and women lead to gender based violence which is one of the most significant mechanisms by which individuals, societies and states retain power over women. The Status of women in Bihar is particularly poor because of a lethal combination of feudal, caste and patriarchal oppression. The deep rooted patriarchy in Bihar is reflected in societal denial of women’s rights and the low status of women in Bihar. The situation of women from marginalized communities is even worse. Being placed at lowest rungs of social order they face acute forms of violence both in public and private spaces.

Impact by partner
  •  Community based women and youth groups are in place and through these groups 2000 women and around 1800 youth are participants of the project in 6 districts of Bihar. 
  • 223 women and girls survivors of violence especially those from marginalized communities received counseling, legal aid and other referral support services. 
  • The project staff along with the chief functionary of the organizations in networks were oriented on understanding the deep rooted gender, patriarchy, gender based discrimination, subjugation of women in families, productive and reproductive role of women in the families and the various forms of domestic violence against women. 
  • Engagement with educational institutions for the formation of youth group in the institution for carrying out awareness on VAW. 
  • Through capacity building, district level consultation and interface meetings, a rapport was built with range of stakeholders like lawyers, judicial magistrates, social welfare officers, police, media, district magistarate, CSOs etc.

Case Study

Roshan Ara- member of Women’s group in Kishanganj district

“After joining the women’s group in my village, I can feel the confidence at personal level and a collective power in the community. Earlier, in my family my words were not considered important and men in the community would never take note what I said but these days people consider our group important for any change process to be initiated. This is the strength of knowledge and collective”

Sabina Yasmin- member of youth group in Kishanganj district

“Joining the youth group is my privilege, as this is the first time that in our village a space has been created for girls. I was little shy in sharing any personal issue , but later on after going through the sessions on gender, gender based discrimination I realized that this not a personal issues, it is common everywhere. Child marriage is very common in my village and I will definitely like to stop it.”