GENDER AUDIT MEWAT DISTRICT (HARYANA)

The Mewat district is located in the state Haryana, close to Delhi. Although the district is situated in an area that is ranked high in terms of development, it is still an under-developed area. The majority of the population is Muslim.

A gender audit is kind of research which studies the condition/status of women residing in an area. The methodology used during the process of an audit includes open dialogue, participatory discussions (where everyone has an opportunity to speak) followed by ice breaking sessions which were planned to increase the level of capacity building. In a few villages case studies were also shared to have a clear picture of the prevailing situations in the particular villages. Activities were carried out at group level/community level.

The audit was conducted by resource person Naseem Khan who has vast experience of working on gender issues, with a special expertise on the concerns of minority women. Community Mobilization was done in coordinated effort with a team of the ICDS Program including Child Development Program Officers (CDPOs), supervisors and Anganwadi workers.

The Gender Audit in Mewat was conducted in 10 villages across the three blocks of Nuh, Nagina and Firozpur Jhirka. 

Village

Date Gender Audit

Sakras

26 & 27/05/2014

Aamka

31/5 & 01/06/2014

Kuldera

3 & 4/06/2014

Mandi Kheda

7 & 8/06/2014

Bhadas

9 & 10/06/2014

Khanpur Ghati

14 & 15/06/2014

Marora

16 & 17/06/2014

Akhera

19 & 20 /06/2014

Dihana

21 & 22/06/2014

Kotla Village

23 & 24/06/2014

One of the key outputs for the project is the creation of a knowledge base on the status of women at Mewat district level, diagnosing three barriers to women’s leadership:

1. Nature and extent of gender based violence experienced.

2. Level of women and girls’ public access and participation.

3. Level of women’s autonomy and decision making. 

The key recommendations that emerged from the audit in Mewat district are the following:

·     Short term projects are not suitable in this kind of villages. There is a requirement for long term projects (at least for a period of 5 to 10 years) which will help in bringing change in the attitudes and beliefs of people towards development and growth. Programs should cover both men and women.

·     Special attention to governance issues like provision of water, toilets, fuel, etc. is required as it affects women and girls directly.

·     Special attention is required for income generating opportunities for women.

·     Programs like Gender Resource Centers should be started in all villages for their overall development and linking the villages with mainstream.

·     Regular Gender Training's should be conducted with both women and men, girls and boys, to bring positive change in their mindset, attitude, behaviour and practices.

·     Programs like Mahila Panchayats can help the women of Mewat to access justice. Exposure visits could be organized to connect them to the groups in Delhi.

·     An Anti Dowry Campaign should be initiated urgently and related laws should also be implemented in its true spirit.

·     An Awareness campaign on Domestic Violence and its Act should be taken in its true spirit.

·     Special Leadership programs should be introduced to identify local leadership and train them as change agents.

·     Women should be given options of livelihood and vocational training in dairy farming, poultry farming and cutting and tailoring.


     
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