SOFIA has been running GRC (Gender Resource Centre) since 2010 where the mission convergence the previous gender resource centres, which function much nearer to the community. The GRC’S was formed to take care of all dimensions related to women empowerment in a holistic manner, and are envisaged as instrument to bring social, Economic, and legal empowerment of women particularly those belonging to the under privileged section of society. We are delivering Delhi Govt. schemes to the community directly and supporting them to achieve it. GRC is the direct counter/window of Delhi Govt. to the vulnerable community to avail the schemes from there. Mission convergence is the department of Govt. of NCT, Delhi.
India’s male to female ratio is an alarming 1000:933. Women form half of the country’s population, yet only about half of them are literate. Close to 1.5 lakh women become victims of various crimes annually, as per reported cases. Further, an estimated 5 crore women face mental and physical cruelty. Although, the legal marriageable age for a girl in India is 18 years, our girl child doesn’t have a say when she is going to be a woman!
Ironically enough, India has the distinction of having the world’s largest number of professionally qualified women! India prides in having more women as doctors, surgeons, scientists and professors than the United States has. India is also proud of the Kalpana Chawalas, Indra Nooyis, P T Ushas, Sania Mirzas, Aishwarya Rais, Kiran Majumdar Shaws, Kiran Bedis, to name a few.
As a matter of fact gender-based discrimination and societal behavior leading to physical and psychological harassments, emotional violence bordering on cruelty is never scant in woman’s basket of woes. Social evils begin at the womb with female feticides, infanticides, sexual harassments, rape and dowry related tortures putting an end to her misery only at the tomb!
In order to make the women realize their inner strength and importance in the society, Swabhiman has taken a pledge to illuminate their lives with Pride and Dignity!
This programme helps in enhancing the skills and information relevant to make them realize their self-esteem. Again, Swabhiman is not anti-men, but it encourages women to defend themselves and escape from violence and advocates men to be a part of bringing due dignity for our girl child.
Swabhiman started getting an overwhelming response from the participants, communities, institutions and organizations alike within a short time of its launch in Delhi & NCR. During first year of its launch Swabhiman has reached out to around 4000 beneficiaries through 50 communities and organizations
Women of Substance on Swabhiman
in course of its short yet eventful journey, has received real value addition as well as accolades from women of substance! These women have set their own roads in life, and thus set examples for others to excel, have been associated with Swabhiman during various activities and programmes. Comments, suggestions and observations from a few of them are as mentioned below: