Volunteers: our great experience in ADECOM Network

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Hannah, Pauline and Justine

Today, we want to share our experience in ADECOM Network. We are three students from Dauphine University – Paris, France. We spent one month in the association.

We have decided to work for ADECOM Network because we wanted to learn more about the women empowerment… Our experience in ADECOM Network overcame our expectations! Our stay at ADECOM Network allowed us to understand the situation of the Dalit community, especially when we visited  the Dalit village and met the community. We also learned about the women leaders and Indian culture.

We have worked mainly on the crowdfunding campaign and the 25th anniversary (coming soon!). But we have also worked on the website translation, the promotion of ADECOM Network on social media, the women empowerment, the new edition of the blog…

We want to warmly thank all ADECOM Network team for their welcome and knowledge during this month. We had a really great time and it was a real pleasure to share these moments all together.

Hannah, Pauline & Justine

Awareness on violence against women and Children with observation of HIV/AIDS day at Kerala

This year DWAN made arrangement in advance to the program.  On 8th October 2016, Saturday a State level planning meeting was organized at DAWN Mavady in Andrew Cottage in Mavady. There twelve people from 10 organizations participated on the meeting. DAWN President Mr.Jose.M.J. has chaired the meeting. Mrs.Asha Thankappan has greeted welcome to the meeting.photos

  1. This year Kerala State Team will concentrated on the issue of HIV/AIDS in Kerala State.
  2. The meeting decided to conducted the meeting on 1st December 2016.
  3. Planning meeting decided to conduct the program Kodumon in Pathanamthitta District.
  4. Meeting decided to invite Pathanamthitta District Collector, Sri.Chittyam Gopakumar. M.L..A.,Smt.Kunjannama Kunju (Kodumon Grama Panchayath  President),  P.K.Radha. etc to the programme as resource persons.
  5. More over Ranni M.L.A.Raju Abraham also to be invite.
  6. It is decided to honor the senior fellows and social workers who were the pioneers in this field.
  7. Two programme fixed. One HIV/AIDS Day observation and Human rights Day observance.
  8. The committee decided to approve Twenty Seven Thousand Rupees as budget for the programme.
  9. Mycle.S.( Secretary, DAWN) and Miss. Asha Thankappan (Voice Kerala) as elected as the co-ordinators of this meeting.

Program Notice of the Program

Two side double folder 1000 notice has printed and circulated among the N.G.O.’s and women’s movement.   Notice posted through the Postal Service and courier service etc. More than that , notice were published though the modern medias like the face book and Watsapp.

Program started with registration. Total 20 persons attended from various N.G.Os from Kerala. The meeting started with Human Rights Songs.  DAWN secretary  Mrs.Mycle.S greetd welcome to all. She describes the importance of Human Rights Days. Especially in Kollam District, there were two lock-up attack was occurred to three Dalit youth very recently. On that case the directions of Supreme Court was not maintained in those arrest.  Three of the Dalit youth are brutally attacked by the Police in the Police lockup. Police attack them under custody. When we discussing on Human Rights, then Dalit atrocities are arise in Kundra and  Kochalummood Police station. So, this year when we observe the Human rights day, we should give importance to the violation   of Dalit Human Rights in the Police Station. She welcomed all and one on behalf of DAWN to this concluding meeting.photos

After the presentation, everybody has actively participated on discussions. Many of them shared their experience with many kind violations human rights. They are not aware that it was a violation of Human Rights.  Women are share many kinds of atrocities towards them.

Awareness on women issues throw van campaign at Karaikal

A  colorful street play event was conducted at Karaikal district on 29th November 2016. Van campaign held at two villages namely Varrichakudi and Poovam. Campaign aim is to create awareness of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. It was jointly organized by ADECOM network and Women Education Social Trust to achieve a good result through the event.

  • 3 women and one man occupied the stage; the performance provide much interesting and informative.
  • They given law related information (PWDVA Act 2005) through dialogues. The story of the drama is, a woman who is facing violence every day by her drunken husband, she was violated physically and mentally by him.
  • Once she shared her problem with her friend, she is taking the sufferer to a woman who has the knowledge about PWDVA.
  • She simply explains act through dialogues. By that she was getting solution for her problems.
  • Through structured screenplay and dialogue they made people to understand about the PWDVA.
  • In between songs and dance that explains women significance was performed.karaikal

WEST team with their cultural team organized this successful van campaign. Welcome address given by the head of WEST Ms. Padmini. At the end of first play ADECOM Network Project Manager Ms. Nandhini expressed her views on gender equality and domestic violence. With simple dialogues and collegial language the artists of play educated the people about the PWDA Act and the concept of drama will understand by the people.

A colorful street play event was conducted at Karaikal district on 29th November 2016. Van campaign held at two villages namely Varrichakudi and Poovam. Campaign aim is to create awareness of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. It was jointly organized by ADECOM network and Women Education Social Trust to achieve a good result through the event.

  • 3 women and one man occupied the stage; the performance provide much interesting and informative.
  • They given law related information (PWDVA Act 2005) through dialogues. The story of the drama is, a woman who is facing violence every day by her drunken husband, she was violated physically and mentally by him.
  • Once she shared her problem with her friend, she is taking the sufferer to a woman who has the knowledge about PWDVA.
  • She simply explains act through dialogues. By that she was getting solution for her problems.
  • Through structured screenplay and dialogue they made people to understand about the PWDVA.
  • In between songs and dance that explains women significance was performed.

WEST team with their cultural team organized this successful van campaign. Welcome address given by the head of WEST Ms. Padmini. At the end of first play ADECOM Network Project Manager Ms. Nandhini expressed her views on gender equality and domestic violence. With simple dialogues and collegial language the artists of play educated the people about the PWDVA Act and the concept of drama will understand by the people.

Awareness on violence against women at Thanjavur

 A part of 16 days campaign activity van campaign programme was conducted by WEDSS organization with support of ADECOM Network. This programme was arranged by head of WEDSS Ms. Rajakumari on November 27th 2016.

Campaign objective

  • To create awareness about PWDVA Act 2005.
  • To create awareness about gender equality in home level.
  • To create awareness of girl child education.
  • To create awareness about Stop violence against women.

Campaign conducted village:

  • Palligraharam,
  • Managrambai,
  • MGR nagar
  • Amman pet,
  • Arasur

Campaign content:

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  • Team members of WEDSS & Volunteer’s arranged programme to stop violence against women.
  • This programme was started from palligraharam village. This campaign was as conducted as van campaign with cultural team.
  • In this campaign 80 members participated and observed about DV act information through the programme.
  • Women related awareness songs were sung by cultural team during the campaign.
  • Participated people awarded and also discussed their views on domestic violence and gender equality.
  • WEDSS invite the counselor Mr. Basker to give awareness speech for this campaign.
  • Perumal and Ms. Sivapriya went to participate and observed the campaign activities.

Women empowerment on Education at karnataka State

Chiguru Trust working for women empowerment in Karnataka state. Meetings, workshops and public programme conducted at village level and state level for empowerment of women.

In this regard, ADECOM Network had given the opportunity to Chiguru to conduct campaign on Violence against Women (VAW). Chiguru conducted the Empowerment of Girl Child Education conference on 27th of November in KGF (Kolar Gold Field) at Karnataka.

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The meeting was welcomed by Managing Trustee of Chiguru Trust Ms. Prabavathi with her team. This conference session was opened by the social activist Mr. Charles Finney. Then this session was continued by given presidential speech by the Managing Trustee of ADECOM Network     Ms. P. Lalidamballe. The gender equality ideas shared by the Project Manager of ADECOM Network Ms. V. Nandhini and this conference was successfully ended by given valedictory speech by the team member of Chiguru Trust Ms. Vennila. This conference organized by the ADECOM Network and team members of Chiguru trust with 42 women and girls. Press people covered this conference and assured to release an article in Karnataka. Participants actively participated. Express their views on violence against women and gender equality.

  • Women have all empowerment, braveness and boldness in the society to handle any situation. Our patriarchy system and traditional values only restrict to practice it.
  • Women should come forward to show their talents and their potential in front of society. Then only we can achieve the women empowerment.
  • From long years ago, there is no way to express the women issue into society. Now a day’s media help to women to explore their problems and issues. So women should enhance their knowledge on society.
  • Parents should give more importance to their girl child education. It only the powerful tool to reduce the violence against women.
  • In Karnataka state have high number of child abuse and very low sex ratio than other states. People should cooperate to change this dangerous situation. Through creating awareness on education and girl child birth we can change this society.
  • The root cause of violence against women is start from gender disparity activity at home and community level. So parents should treat their children without any gender discrimination.

Conference on To stop violence against women & sexual harassment at Cuddalore district

A part of 16 days campaign activity programme was conducted by Social Voice of Education Development (SVED) with support of ADECOM Network. This conference was conducted on December 4th 2016 at Nantheeswara mangalam village.

Campaign objective:

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  • To create awareness on PWDVA 2005.
  • To create awareness about Sexual harassment
  • To create awareness about Gender equalizing practice.

Campaign content:

  • Team members of SVED arranged this conference to stop violence against women & sexual harassment. In this programme 80 members were participated.
  • During the session, felicitation was given by Managing trustee of ADECOM Network Ms. P. Lalidamballe.
  • Women should come forward to open their problems in society. Mostly women hide their problems due to our cultural system.
  • They think about family prestige for other tradition reasons so she hesitates to opening her problems.

Economic independence and social independence only lead to women empowered society

Karaikkal Nov18: Police department is working very close to the society.  They are dealing with violence against women at home and community level. They have to acquire more knowledge on PWDVA (Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005). In this regard one day workshop was conducted by ADECOM Network and Karaikkal Police Department on 18.11.2016 to 98 police officials from Karaikkal Police Department.

Economic independence and social independence only lead to create the equal society. Women should enhance their awareness level to reduce the crime against them in society. Police Officials have essential responsibilities to reducing violence and protecting women from violence. The police officials should help to effective execution of PWDVA. To reducing violence against women in karaikkal Women Protection Mission has been formed in schools said, Senior Superintendent of police Mr. V.J. Chandran in his presidential address.

In working place, men have to treat woman with Gender sensitive manner. Men should come forward to struggle for violence against women in the society. He should support for women equality and equity. Police officials have to support for women victims for getting their justice in the society. They should analyze the cases with gender sensitive manner said, Managing Trustee Ms. Lalidamballe in her Key note address.

Karaikkal police department is working for reduce the violence against women and initiatives taking for women protection. Cooperation of public and social organizations like ADECOM Network is played pivot role to reduce violence against women in the society. Many acts and amendments emerge in the constitution for women security so police officials should learn those acts and aware on violence against women said, Superintendent of Police  Mr. Gunasekaran in his speech.

Sexual abuse is not only the force to sexual relationship, even unwanted touching, pulling, pushing, and unwanted verbal conversation is also considered as sexual abuse. Parents and social organizations should teach to children about good touch and bad touch. They should create awareness about child abuse in the society said, Advocate Mr. E.Martin Santhome in his discussion on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act – 2012.

Advocate Mr. Seenu Perumal explained through visual aid about the Domestic Violence act, he explained, beneficiaries by the act, how to make complaint and whom to approach in domestic violence cases.  Police official’s plays important role on implement of court order on PWDVA. Police officials should enhance the awareness on DIR (Domestic Interim Report) and they support to women victim when they are getting residential order.  He also clarified the questions raised from police officials about PWDVA.

The workshop was conducted on Friday (18.11.2016) at National Mahal Kottucherry Karaikal. Sub Inspector Mr. Perumal help to organize that workshop.  98 Polices, Superintendent of police Mr. Vamishidara Reddy, Police official Sridhar, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, men and women police, Protection Officer Mr.Ravichandiran and Social activist Ms. Padmini participated in that workshop. Vote of thanks was given by Co-Ordinator of ADECOM Network D. Arivoucany. ADECOM Network Project Manager Ms. Nandhini and Psychologist Ms. Sivapriya participated in that workshop.

Sexual Harassment Committee should be established at workplace

Sexual Harassment in the work place and legal remedies training programme conducted at New India Association conference hall for their employers. Adecom Network a social organization that is working for the welfare of women and children at gross root level,integratedin the training programme for the employers.

Visga Act implemented in the year 2013 Prevention, safeguard and rectification women at workplace is the main motto of the Act. While interrogation of Visga case in the year 1997 ( a social Activist who was victimized by gang rape at village when she was in duty).Statement was made that Sexual Harassment in workplace is violating of human rights, to prevent women from such activities legal procedure to be followed in the work place and it was made obligatory for all Government and Private Sector. Contingenton this Sexual Harassment Act was implemented in the year September 3rd2013. In regard with this training programme for women empowerment on Sexual Harassment for women was given in organization.

Ms P. LalidambleDirectorAnnal Ambedkar Women Rationalist Movement in her felicitation address said thatin men dominated society properties and economic status is hold by men. Women who are dependent of men in habitually customizing the men dominated society. To change the attitude of men and women from this practice both should aware of gender sensitization. Should practice

In Legal description andconversationconducted with employers Advocate Mr. Seenu Permual said every man should respect women colleagues in work place. Problem faced by women and how to overcome those situations evidently explained by him. Dissimilarities in independence, brotherhood and equality are the main reason for violence in the society. Redressal committee in the work place is highly essential to find out women problem.To form a redressal committee there should be 10 women workers in the concern. Less than that, problem has to be complained in legal committee formed by the state Government.

Ms Lalidamble said in Puducherry legal committee still is not there and order has to be made by the Collector to form that Committee.

Mr. Sakthivel Production Manager of the organization given feedback that programme is very informative not only learned on the topic women sexual harassment in work place but also learned to reduce social discrimination in the family and society.

Mr. S. Elumalai Co-Coordinator of Village Training Center said practicing gender equality brings behavioral change on both male and female. Welcome address was given by Sathy Staff member of the concern. Programme organized by Adecom team.

Advisory Meeting with women and youth members on social and economic development

“Men and women has to act as equal rebels to develop the Society”’ insisted by Director Annal Ambedkar Women Rationalist Movement in their Advisory Meeting on 27th Aug 2016. The meeting was held at KuttuKural Theatre Movement office. Nearly 40 members from various parts of Villipuram and Puducherry attended the meeting.

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Purpose:

The event jointly organized by Annal Ambedkar Women Rationalist Movement and KuttuKural Theatre Movement. The intention of the meeting is to develop youth and women to participate in Panjayat Election.

Discuss about the available opportunity in the village for doing small scale business

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Ms. P. Lallidamblle in her speech told that youth members and women should work together to bring social and economic change in the society. Person who is having the Leadership quality has to participate in Village Election.

An elaborate conversation was held among the village participants to get their ideas about initiating small scale business in their Village. Discussion was done with the participants about existing human and material Source, available opportunity for doing business in the Village. Participants delivered their ideas in various aspects like Ilayamurugan from paramba told about fish growing, producing Jute bag told by Vennila, Pakkam  ,Nagu from pallianallianur said about herbal products and Vetri given idea  to produce Vermi composite and so on.

Feedback:

Most of the participants opinioned that session is very useful; the continuous meeting of our unit given positive change in their attitude and helped to develop themselves to participate in social activities. Three women Ambica from Konthampakkam, Rananayagi from Azhiyur and Venilla from Pakkam are going to take part in Panjayat Election. They said because of constant encouragement given by Adecom and KuttuKural they came forward to compete in the election. The event was organized by Kuttukural Co-coordinators Ms.Archana,Ms Manimegalai, Bakyalakshmi and Malathi.

Two days Training programme on Panjayath Raj

  “Self-Confident and passionate to learn is the only way to achieve a goal” specified by Director Ms.P. Lalidamballe, AnnalAmbedkarWomen Rationalist Movement in Two daysTraining programme on Panjayath Raj.

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Framework:

 ADECOM Network, Koottukkural Theatre Movemnet, Village Training Center and Ullathchi Unagalatchi movement jointly organized two days training programme on 21st and 22ndSeptember in regard with Panchayath Raj at Palliynelliyanur Village, Villupuram District. Moto of the meeting is to motivate women and youth to take part in the Panjayath election.  On first day Mr S.Nandakumar and Pawankumar Gandhi have given training on Panjayath Raj. Women members from Annal Ambedkar Women Rationalist Movement and Youth members from people republic movement participated in this training programme.

Activities 

Trainer Nandakumar had given a brief introduction about Panchayath Raj. Mr. Pawankumar explained key points in this regard, responsibilities of President, Vice President and Ward members.Moreover When and where Gram Panchayath meeting will be conducted, importance of common man participation in Panjayath election, dates of the meeting ie Jan 26, May 1, August 15, October 2 was made known to the participants. Two documentaries about successful panjayath leaders were screened in the meeting. Women and youth were formed as different groups and asked to prepare a chart describing their basic needs that was completed and un completed in their village. Most of them insisted on their uncompleted basic needs of their area.

In her Keynote Ms. P.Lalidamballe insisted that a good leader should have enthusiasm to learn, build self-confident and should share information before the audience without any dread. A common women and men has to participate in the election otherwise they could not find solution for their basic needs like drinking water, hygienic drainage facilities, proper roadways, street lights and further basic needs. simply complaining will not be a solution for those attainments.

Second day went on, as a interactive session Ms P. Lalidamble discussed with women and youth about panchayath election. Additionally she conducted a questionnaire session; simple questions were asked   with the participants to find the final impact of Panachayath Raj meeting. All members interrelated with each other and learned more about the subject. Drama and song performances were done by Koottukkural Theater Movement on gender equality.  Village Training center co-coordinator Mr. S. Elumalai said ADECOM network has given a space to women and youth to get awareness about the society and they should make use of it.

Statement:

Former Palliynelliyanur Village Panjayth Head Ms. Kannika Participated in the programme and shared her work experience with women and youth. Mr. Dravidanagu volunteer of the Village given welcome address and in his speech he told that women participation is imperative Panchayt election to bring changes in the village.Thanking note was given Arachana, coordinator of Koottukkural Theater Movement.  The programme was given a complete confident to take part in the election opinioned Ranganayaki from Aziyhur. Continues training programme of ADECOM network unit is bringing positive changes in women attitude said Revathy from Pallipattu. The women and youth members totally 98 were participated and got awareness about the Local governance. The coordination was made by Ms. Arivukani, Mr. Prakash, Ms. Rama from ADECOM team.