NGOs in India that women can count on in tough times
By: Aakanksha Parulekar
Published On: November 15, 2018
Women in India are not given the respect they deserve. Read on to see how they are helped in tough times!
The statistics are always scary when it comes to the number of instances of sexual or physical violence against women in India at any given hour, day or year. There are several organisations that work towards helping women combat this constant threat of violence, and work towards making our country safer for women by initiating policy level changes and conducting awareness campaigns that aim to educate the public.
But when a woman is in a difficult mental space, it is difficult for her to sieve through the hundreds of organisations and their contact details and reach out to the right one. Here we have attempted to make a one-stop resource page, which can serve as a directory for vulnerable women to:
Rescue women and children from unsafe or violent environments and rehabilitate them at a safe temporary or permanent shelter.
Provide vulnerable women with financial support or vocational training and help them become financially and socially self-reliant.
Provide legal advice to help victims of sexual or physical violence understand her rights and initiate the judicial process to attain justice.
Provide counselling and psychological rehabilitation.
Here are some NGOs that have proved to be saviors for women:
Azad foundation focuses on women who continue in abusive relationships because of their financial dependence on their husbands. The New Delhi-based organisation trains women in professions traditionally closed to them and helps them achieve financial independence.
Women undergo a half-year training course, which includes topics such as self-defence, women’s rights, sexuality and reproductive rights, effective communication, grooming and most importantly, driving, which will become their future vocation.
The organisation’s sister concern, Sakha Consulting Wings, provides employment to these women as cab drivers and thereby, safe chauffeur and car hire services to their female clients.
Contact number- +91 11 4060 1878
Bharatiya Grameen Mahila Sangh
Bharatiya Grameen Mahila Sangh or BGMS (National Association of Rural Women India) was founded in 1955, and is a non-political and non-sectarian national organisation with branches all over India, in 14 states and union territories. It is affiliated with the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW), the world’s largest organisation for rural women, which in turn is a consultative body for such reputed international organisations such as UNESCO, WHO, and ILO.
The goal of BGMS is the welfare, and empowerment of women and children. The organisation creates Mahila Mandals (women self-help groups) across villages in its areas, for women empowerment and education.
BGMS has a short stay home for destitute women who have been ill-treated by their husbands, in-laws or other family members, and find themselves without any home.
They are provided with vocational training and jobs to support themselves. Elderly women, who have nobody to look after them, can also find a home in BGMS. They are provided with food, medical care, and recreational facilities.
Contact number- 011 4664 3333
One Stop Crisis Centre or the Nirbhaya Centres
In India, the victim are often shunted from hospitals to police stations to courts without any kind of sensitivity to her traumatized state of mind and sometimes even denied the rights to treatment and to file a FIR.
In light of these factors, the Justice Verma Committee, set up after the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case, called for establishing One Stop Crisis Centres to cater sensitively to the immediate medical, legal, and psychological needs of the survivors.
The Union ministry of women and child development initially planned 660 one-stop crisis centres across the country. But later, the government slashed the budget and sanctioned only 36 centres to be built on a pilot basis.
The first Nirbhaya centre has come up in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. This centre also has a 24-hour helpline service for distress and rescue calls. Emergency response and rescue services with linkage with existing mechanisms like 108 emergency service is expected to lead to timely help for victims.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has announced that the centres for the states of Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, and Madhya Pradesh will be functional this year, while work is being started for the centres in Nagaland and Assam.
Angala (meaning the courtyard) is the women’s crisis intervention centre of Bengaluru-based women’s organisation, Vimochana. The centre was set up in 1993 to systematically reach out, respond and offer moral, social and legal support to women who are victims of violence and abuse both within marriage and outside, enabling them to lead a life of dignity free from violence.
Each case, apart from the counselling and direct intervention, is followed up regularly and thoroughly. Angala helps the women who approach them to get jobs, find admission for their child/children in orphanages if the mother is not able to look after them, carry out follow up visits at their houses in case of reconciliation with a previously abusive spouse, provides medical treatment, finds them accommodation on a case-by-case basis. At any given point in time, they respond to around 400 women.
Contact number- 022 27546669
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