According to the United Nations Population Fund, gender equality is the most important human right. The United Nations Millennium Project was initiated to reduce poverty, hunger, diseases and discrimination against women. One of the major Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the project is to promote women empowerment and eradicate gender inequality.
India has a sharp rural-urban divide. According to Census data*, 72.2% of India’s population lives in rural areas. Of this population, approximately 42.8% are female.Unfortunately, incidents of domestic violence against women, social discrimination and denial of basic human rights like freedom of opinion and expression and condemning them to menial tasks in the home are rampant amongst rural and tribal communities in the country.
The Government of India has taken many measures to promote gender equality and women empowerment. But the government’s well-intentioned policy initiatives have not really percolated down to the community. There is a huge disparity between policy and practice, especially in rural and tribal area and it is very difficult for the government or third parties such as social welfare groups to really safeguard women against violence or discrimination.
At Sa-Ni-Sa we believe that realization is original and not derivative. Unless women themselves don’t realize the importance of freedom or the necessity to voice their opinion and taking charge of domestic issues and standing for equal rights, reform measures will never really take off. That’s why we have taken the initiative to empower rural women and enable them to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with their contemporary urban counterparts.
Our intention is to make women self-sufficient and empowered enough to stand their ground, help contribute to the family, register dissent in the strongest terms against gender bias and realize the essence of being a woman.
We believe that women are not the weaker sex. On the other hand, it is the woman who can bring about a cultural and progressive change to her family and community. This quality is reflected in the name Shramik Naari.
Sa-Ni-Sa is an attempt
- To tap the untapped
- Promote women empowerment through mutual respect for each others’ talent
- To bring a sense of oneness amongst the needy or less-privileged and the blessed ones
- To reach the urban to the rural and vice-versa for understanding the other side of life
*[Census 2001 & CIA World Factbook 2009 statistics]