A large number of vulnerable populations reside in urban & rural slums of India which are sustaining their lives below the poverty line index and are uneducated, unaware and deprived of basic amenities. These families often form the lowest rung of the society and it is particularly in this social and financial order that women are the poorest of the poor with minimal right of choice and no right of expression.
Women from this stratum are still struggling to acknowledge their fundamental rights and have no access to adequate resources for voicing their opinions even for their healthcare and basic rights. We believe that sexual and reproductive health often falls between the cracks when women are not in a strong position to make or influence personal decisions.
Women within the age of 15-24 years who use hygienic methods of protection during their menstrual period (%) is 68.6 in Urban, 39.9% in Rural and 47.1 % in total
Ever-married women who have ever experienced spousal violence (%) is 29.6% in Urban, 39.3% in Rural and 36.7 % in total
Every Third Woman In India Suffers Sexual, Physical Violence at Home
According to the survey, 27 per cent of women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 in india. this experience of physical violence among women is more common in rural areas than among women in urban areas. domestic violence cases, where women reported physical abuse in rural and urban areas, were at 29 per cent and 23 percent, respectively.
World health organization (who) defines violence against women as any act that can physically, mentally, or sexually harm a woman and restrict her freedom in life. According to the results of a recent nfhs-4 study.
Men who consume alcohol (%) is 31.6 % in urban, 22.4 % in rural and 22.1 % in total.
In delhi, 1.26% of total general clients tested for HIV in 2016-2017 were found positive due to lack of awareness about hiv and other sti/stds.
The data clearly indicates that a large number of females are victims of violence, by alcoholic husbands which leads them to a habitual behaviour towards sexual violence, hypertension, and other mental disorders.
According to studies, physical consequences of sexual violence for women are an injury to the reproductive organs, sexual dysfunction, urinary system infections, infertility, stds, aids, adoption of high-risk sexual behaviour, and a tendency to have multiple sexual partners.
The more girls we gather together, the more power we have,” declares Simon Abigail, 16-year-old secretary of manchok girls’ club, set up by actionaid.
“I encourage girls to stay in school for longer. I want to tell politicians in Nigeria how important it is to educate girls, and explain why girls need more help because often their parents will pay the boys’ school fees and not the girls.”
“There is one girl at school who gave birth to a baby girl and dropped out,” simon recalls. “I went to speak to her family and now she’s returned to school and joined the girls’ club. When i think of her i am hopeful – but we need to keep campaigning.”
Saheli is an Action-Research initiative that is especially designed for a holistic development of underprivileged women and girls in which we have successfully organized a number of mega health camps, counselling sessions and intensive community outreach activities for sensitizing the female population about the most concerning issues related to MHM, WASH, Sexual Abuse and prevention of life threatening communicable diseases, HIV, COVID-19 & STDs through medical screening and involving mothers and daughters together to make them understand the importance of their bond towards discussing the most sensitives issues and eliminating them at the initial stage.
The project is designed in a way to start a conversation among people living in slums where inhuman traditional practices, myths, taboos and poor health conditions are the main hurdles in providing them basic amenities and equal rights and opportunities for women.
It aims to alter and break the taboos and adopt safe and sustainable healthcare and reproductive rights for women, so that they drop the shame attached to these issues and talk about them without any hesitation and create attention surrounding the growing gender inequality and discuss how it is cultural and not biological.
“My junior high school is a two-hour walk away from Ukpong, where I live. Without a bicycle I would not be able to get to my lessons,” Carolina says.
Like other girls at risk, Carolina was given an Ladli Foundation bike so that she can get to school quickly and safely.
“Now I go to school every day and I’m doing well in class. I am determined to stay in school and go to training college so that I can become a teacher,” says Carolina with pride.
“Thank you Ladli Foundation for my bicycle!