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 follow:
Manaswini Mahila Nagari Patpedhi is a women’s co-operative credit society, to empower micro finance among women who wish to pursue the entrepreneurial path, and be independent. This provides an easy and low interest credit to women to start small scale income generating activities. The idea behind this activity is to inculcate the tradition of saving among the women.
Savitri Mahila Udyog is an enterprise to uplift the status of women in the 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 activitycentered for needy women which pave the path for women’s self-reliance.
The main objective of this activity is to help and support widow, destitute, single, domestic violence survived women, poor women etc. Through this activity, we provide information on different agriculture based schemes launched from dept. of agriculture. Also we try to help their children’s education and health. In order to make them self-dependent, we encourage and support them to start small scale business or side business like sewing machine, goat farming etc.
Manaswini provides free legal aid and counseling center for the women. Through this center, information and importance regarding different acts related to domestic violence, women safety, women empowerment etc. are given to the women and their families so that their confidence level as well as mental health condition improves. We have also formed a community support group at village level. Currently this activity is being implemented in 50+ villages of Ambajogai and Dharur blocks of Beed district. Till now, 6589+ cases have been registered to this center out of which 70% of the cases are settled now.
Through this initiative, 389+ needy women are given shelter in our shelter home which we call as “Dilasa Graha”. They are provided medical as well as legal aid. They are assisted with psychological support and they made aware of the required law to take their own decision.
The project is supported by SwissAid and is running in 20 villages of Ambajogai taluk and 10 villages of Dharur Taluka.
The COVID-19 crisis had a disastrous impact on girls’ education. The school dropout rates for the girls were higher. Recognizing a strong possibility of early marriages, Manavlok initiated a program on Skill Training and Development for adolescent girls.
The period of Covid-19 has escalated the cases of child marriage in rural areas. To stop child marriages, MANAVLOK reviewed the situation at the ground level. A Child Marriage Prohibition Committee was set up in 28 villages under the Nirdhar Samanta project.
"Recreation Centers" have been started for women and girls in 22 villages for their overall development.