Indira Social Welfare Organisation (ISWO)

Project Theme

Ending Violence Against Women

Target Group


Project Period

01 Mar 2015 - 28 Feb 2016

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Violence against women is the most pervasive and least recognized human rights violations for women.  One in every two women in South Asia experiences violence in her daily life. Social, cultural, political, economic, and legal factors in the region combine to leave women vulnerable to community-sanctioned violence. The following statistics elaborate the case in India. 

  • Despite various constitutional guarantees, gender equality and women empowerment is yet to be realized and women in India continue to face gross inequalities within and outside the households
  • The sex ratio for 0-6 year fell from 945 females per 1,000 males in 1991 to 914 in 2011 which is the all time low (Census of India report 2011) 
  • A UNIFEM report says nearly 60 per cent of the women in rural India get married before the age of 18 and 60 per cent of married women become mothers before they are 19 years of age. 
  • Every six hours, somewhere in India, a young married woman is burnt alive, beaten to death, or driven to commit suicide. It is estimated that more than 15,000 women suffer from dowry-related violence every year. 
  • Other women face domestic violence, incest, rape, public humiliation, trafficking and honor killing. The reported incidence of crimes against women has increased from 1,55,532 (2004-05) to 2,03, 804 in 2009 according to National Crime Records Bureau-NCRB. Cruelty by husbands and dowry related violence together account for 48% of the total crimes against women. 
  • The NFHS-Round III report (2005-06) mentions that 37.2 % ever-married women who have ever experienced spousal violence
  • According to Oxfam India’s baseline survey in 2010 a fairly large chunk of men and women think that husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife if she goes out without telling him or neglects children or argues with him or refuses to have sex or does not cook properly or if he suspects her of being un faithful or shows disrespect to in-laws (28% and 32% for men and women respectively think that husband is not justified hitting or beating his wife in any of the listed situations) 
  • The Public spending on combating violence against women is very low

About the Project: 

The project “Empowerment Programme for Women’s Entitlement and Rights” has an overall goal of Reduce the social acceptance of violence against women and bring a positive change in the policy and program environment that perpetuates its acceptance at an institutional and community level. 

The project has three main strategies

➢Policy advocacy lead to increased responsiveness of the government service delivery 

➢Women experiencing violence especially those from marginalized communities in the program districts increase their access to formal justice system and support services

➢Communities and individuals challenge and initiate actions for change in patriarchal and other discriminatory social practices and belief systems that perpetuate violence against women

The broad activities under the project are 

➢Advocacy and lobbying with the Government relevant departments for the proper implementation of the PWDV act 2005 

➢Community Mobilization engaging both men and women to generate awareness on women’s rights and legal provisions and support services to deal with violence against women incidences  

➢Building local leadership through capacitating community based groups like pressure groups, vigilant committees etc to bring in change in attitude and behavioral level at the community level.

Results to be Achieved: 

Urban Municipality in the program districts have pressure groups and/or youth activists and/or committees on VAW  that are equipped with the knowledge of laws related VAW and support services to support women experiencing violence in seeking appropriate services.

Prior Achievements: (2011-12)

➢During 2014-15 ISWO has provided support to about 187 women in Dhenkenal district through the support centre based in Superintendents office . 

➢ISWO has actively advocated for the implementation of PWDVA in the state through senistisation of various Government stakeholder like WCD officials, Protection officer, Service Providers etc. 

➢ISWO has been able to assist 16 women to register a DIR for implementation of PWDVA. 

➢ISWO has been engaged in mobilization of the communities in 2 blocks of Dhenkenal District on gender and Violence Against Women issues. 

➢Conducted cultural campaigns to spread awareness on domestic violence  during 16 days of activism on violence against women and March 8th International Women’s Day