In Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts of Odisha, an increasing 15% of tribal women are being affected by domestic and workplace violence.
Women 15 to 49 years old, were affected by physical and sexual violence. From 2014 to 2015 the number of rape cases increased by 21%. Only 57.6% of all cases were filed and charged in court. In 2015, 72 adolescents in Keonjhar and 98 adolescents in Sundargarh were victims of forced marriage.
Lack of education is the main reason for tribal women becoming victims of violence. Especially in Juang and Ho tribe families do not send their girls to schools for education.
SADHAN is working for violence-affected women for their rights. We are focusing on domestic violence and workplace violence. We are providing Leadership Skill Development Training, Enterprise Promotional Training and capacitating women on domestic violence act and workplace policy. In order to enhance their capacity and capability we are undertaking different process like motivating them to involve in decision making process through political involvement. We also encouraging and interacting them how they face to administration, financial institutions, political leaders, police and government departments to get their rights.
Currently we are working with 18 violence-affected women in Bonai subdivision of Sundargarh district and 38 violence affected women in Bansapal block of Keonjhar district.
These violence affected women were trained on appliqué. They formed 4 women groups and marketing through us to secure their livelihood. Except these SADHAN creating awareness generation on HIV/AIDS.
Additionally, during our primary intervention we undertake different programs for violence-affected women. Especially we provided mosquito net support, immunisation of their children and reproductive child health training to improve overall community health.