Project Samvedana – Prevent and Reduces Violence Against Women (VAW)
“Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families, and on societies as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence – yet the reality is too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned” (UN Secretary General-Ban Ki Moon, 8 March 2007).
The United Nations defines domestic violence as, “any act of gender-based violence that results in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to Women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life” (The World Health Organization, 2015).
India’s Millennium Development Goals focus on fulfilling the rights of all women and children so they may survive, thrive, develop, participate and be protected as citizens of India. Ultimately, it is imperative to reduce social inequalities based on gender, caste, ethnicity or religion to achieve these goals.
Initiated: March 2009
Maitri has the unique distinction of being one of the few NGO’s that is preventing and reducing violence against women in the uniformed services, including the army, navy, air force, para-military and police in India. Maitri earned this honor through conducting gender sensitisation and training workshops for officers, men and families. The workshops sensitise and create awareness of VAWthat enables participants to take preventive measures for happier and healthier families. Additionally, Maitri educates organisations and communities on the impacts and costs (financial, mental, physical, reproductive, and otherwise) incurred with each episode of marital disharmony.
Maitri is working with youth, educational institutions, and corporations on issues of VAW through a broad array of activities and strategies.
Maitri actively engages with men and boys to reduce VAW in three basti’s (slums) of RK Puram, New Delhi. Men and boys are empowered to serve as ambassadors of harmony and respect to women in their communities through their education and trainings.
Maitri uses street theatre, posters, publications and workshops for gender sensitisation as training tools to give audiences a better understanding and awareness of the issue. Preventative strategies to reduce VAW include workshops for recognizing signs of violence in a relationship, existing legal frameworks to understand your rights, coping mechanisms, establishing support groups, and active engagements with men and boys. In order to really change social norms and attitudes towards acceptance, we believe that men must become active participants in preventing and reducing VAW.
Maitri is also engaged in promoting a safer and healthier workplace by conducting training sessions on sexual harassment. Maitri facilitates the creation of sexual harassment committees in the workplace to adequately, appropriately and sensitively intervene in cases of sexual harassment.
- The Ministry of Rural Development
- MPS, Noida
- Delhi Police
- Proctivity, Gurgaon
- Amatra under Proctivity, Gurgaon
Project Impact :
- 37,000 uniformed personnel impacted by domestic violence workshops
- 6000 individuals impacted by sexual harassment trainings
- 550 legal facilitations, counselling and interventions provided