Asmita Awareness Workshop for Women
Project Implementation Plan
The issues of women’s health and hygiene, sanitation, gender inequality and legal/civic rights are detrimental not only for women’s welfare but also for the development of our society. Women are our country’s strength and they are entitled to live a life of respect, dignity, good health and equality.
Project Asmita aims at addressing these important issues impacting rural women through dialogue and awareness.
1. Awareness Camps
Under Project Asmita, several awareness camps and empowerment presentations will be delivered in rural areas and urban slums through field partners (NGOs & Volunteers). The presentations will touch upon topics of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual awareness, maternal and reproductive health, and good touch – bad touch. The women will also be made aware of resources to reach out for help and government schemes and provisions focused on women’s welfare and development
2. Asmita Kits
At every awareness camp, Asmita kits will be distributed among women following the presentation. The kit would include female hygiene products and leaflets consisting of information on safe hygiene practices, helpline numbers, government schemes and self-help literature.
3. Self Help Groups
Creation of self-help groups so that women can collectively work towards addressing the issues that endanger their welfare and take charge of their health and well-being. Each workshop will identify a local “leader” and will end with the “Asmita kit” as a gift, with easy self-help material and regular follow up routine. KarmaKonnect will partner will local panchayats, NSS volunteers and NGOs to expand the reach of the program in different states.
Rural Women have remained as a suppressed group for a lot of these years. As a result, they lack basic information on Menstruation, pregnancy, legal rights etc. The first experience of menstruation for the girls is often associated with shame, fear, anxiety and agony. Several regional studies have also shown that menstruating girls are not aware of the biological reasons associated with menstruation, and in fact perceived menstruation to be a “disease”, indicating gaps in reproductive health awareness in adolescent girls. In cases where plans for menstrual education are established by the government, sessions are usually not carried out since teachers themselves feel awkward discussing the issue.
Results & Outcome
We conducted Asmita Camps at Municipal schools in Sanand, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. Initially, we learned that the girls had little knowledge about these topics and they were too apprehensive to talk about it. Gradually, we explained to them how it is all normal and that they are not alone. By the end of the session, the girls showed much acceptance and interacted with a little Q&A.
KarmaKonnect is a non-profit social venture that aims to connect the fragmented ‘giving’ ecosystem by empowering NGOs, donors, volunteers, corporates, and government to create impactful social development interventions, often in remote and under-served areas.
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The KarmaKonnect team is currently involved in a number of initiatives across the country, through various dedicated volunteers and NGOs. We are primarily working on:
• Child education and livelihood skills (urban slum evening schools/shelters) in Gujarat, Telangana, MP, and Delhi through utilization of existing govt infrastructure and digital/innovative collaborative models.
• Rural Development Programs - Setting up Water, Solar and Livelihood/Entrepreneurship projects in remote tribal areas.
• “Adopt a Village" customized project for donors involving well researched sustainable solutions for development followed by a rigorous monitoring approach.
• Women Empowerment, livelihood, and legal help, rescue and rehabilitation projects
• Training and placement of underprivileged and specially-abled candidates
• Refuge rehabilitation and relief work
• Ad-Hoc Medical help and assistance as needed.
Karmakonnect also specializes in customized projects to help optimize donor and CSR spend and increase NGO efficiency.
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