Women Empowerment

Manaswini Mahila Prakalp is a women-oriented wing of MANAVLOK, runs separately for the cause of violence and discrimination against women since 1984. In the reporting period, the undertaken programmes and activities are as follows:

Mahila Patpedhi (Women’s Co-Operative Credit Society)

Savitri Mahila Udyog is an enterprise to uplift the status of women in society. The Udyog has worked relentlessly to create job opportunities for women, redress domestic grievances, and act as a support system for oppressed women. It is an income-generating activity centred on needy women that paves the path for women’s self-reliance.

Ekal Shetkari Mahila Sanghatan

The main objective of this activity is to help and support widows, destitute, single, domestic violence-surviving women, and poor women. Through this activity, we provide information on different agriculture-based schemes launched by the Department of Agriculture. Also, we try to help their children’s education and health. To make them self-sufficient, we encourage and support them to start small-scale businesses or side businesses like sewing machines, goat farming, etc.

Free Legal Aid & Counselling Centre

Started in the Marathwada Region of Maharashtra in 1985, this centre provides free legal aid and counselling to all survivor-needy women. Her need to stand independently with all the honor of individuality is taken care of through a tender process of psychological and moral support. Manaswini acts as a counselor between the woman and her family to support her self-esteem and self-confidence.

Dilasa Short Stay Home

However, it was realized within a year after starting the work that women in search of relief were often accompanied by their children. So a shelter for both was the need of the hour. Free Legal Aid and Family Counseling Centre helped several women in trouble (single/unmarried forced mothers, victims of sexual offences and domestic violence, and so many others) by providing free legal services and also in obtaining their rights, along with their children. However, their problems do not end with this. Rather, new challenges frighten them and make them further insecure, particularly about the future of their children. To solve this need, it was important for Manaswini to start a shelter home for them so that they could sustain themselves through the earnings of their labour and skills.

Project for Gender Equality

Surprisingly and unfortunately, even in the so-called progressive state of Maharashtra, women are often victimized by domestic violence. Particularly in rural areas, barring very few exceptions, women frequently suffer from physical, mental, economic, and sexual hardships and abuse. Child marriages are also normal nowadays. This exploitation of women is in immense numbers. These women do not find a way of freedom or escape from their forced, hard lives. Even the future of their children is shadowed by their miseries. The issues of their secure upbringing are grave. Considering the social, religious, and economic pressure of long-standing customs and traditions, Manaswini took an initiative in the generation of awareness among the sections of families and homes in villages by uniting groups of like-minded people from male and female villagers.

Self Awareness Center (Atmabhan Kendra)

Manaswini has been working on the issue of 'Gender Equality' since 2013. The mission includes a range of programmes intended to raise awareness against domestic violence and ill customs like child marriages, dowry, etc. Currently, this programme is in vogue for women in 30 villages around Ambajogai, as well as through Self Awareness Centre (Atma-bhan Centre) at Dharur (a nearby taluka). Particularly, this Self Awareness Centre aims to generate awareness regarding individual identity and self-respect among women and girls in rural areas so as to enable them to identify their identity and potential to develop their own personality and individuality. It creates awareness among them about their own abilities and helps with this activity by allotting space in a few classrooms in the schools or independent places, wherever possible. Girls gather on a day every week at their convenience and take the pleasure of reading, playing, discussing, interacting and so on, freely.

Engaging Men & Youth In Gender Equality

An appeal to participate in shedding off the traditions putting women at risk of gender inequality and injustice against women was done to raise awareness among men and youth in rural areas. This was positively responded to by the youth, and groups of rural youth are coming forward to work against dowry, child marriages, women's exploitation, etc.