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PRAGATI was carved out of a renowned NGO ‘Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK)’ on 10th February 2000. It was founded by a group of passionate, dynamic women who operate the organization with belief in the Democratic Principle “By the women, for the women and of the women” to attain gender equity in local governance in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana.
The organization comprises only women working for the upliftment of women. The management board also consists of women. These women are drawn from diverse fields and have a wide range of experiences in the fields of rural development, management, community mobilization, gender, law, governance, monitoring and evaluation.
PRAGATI was created to achieve the Vision to build a gender just society and to accomplish the mission to enhance the status of women in social, economic and political spheres.
PRAGATI focuses on providing a support system to deliver good governance and capacitate women - the need of the hour of rural, poverty ridden, unreached, vulnerable people.
As a Resource Centre, building innovative strategies and practices to broaden the women political education, vision and skills through capacity building, advocacy & lobbying, trainings, exposure, networking with emphasis on exclusive training for women representatives is central to PRAGATI.
Since its creation, PRAGATI has run more that 25 projects, such as:
- Legal Awareness Camp to make women aware of their legal rights;
- Women’s Empowerment Program through Self Help Groups;
- Augmenting Gender Equity in Local Governance through Transformative Women’s Leadership and Citizenship;
- Mobilization and formation of 180 SHGs.
- Training of Trainers for Village Resource Management Committees.
PRAGATI is involved in pre-, during- and post-election training of elected women functionaries of local self governance; and is in the second half of 2014, in the process to run four legal awareness programs.
Lack of legal literacy is not just an impediment to individual dreams but to the effective functioning of the democracy. The issues of gender and poverty increase this problem manifold. In India’s context as the population nears the 1 billion mark and with issues of poverty and social inequities becoming larger, it is time to face the challenges.
PRAGATI believes that legal literacy is the key to the all round development of the country. There is an emergent need to generate legal literacy amongst the masses especially amongst the disadvantaged sections of the society. Women, due to their low levels of literacy, are susceptible to injustices.
With the aim to impart practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided under various women-related laws, thereby making them fit to face the challenges in real life situations, the four legal awareness programs are ran by PRAGATI, with the support of National Commission for Women, in the districts of Haridwar (blocks Bahadrabad and Luxar) and Dehradun (blocks Raipur and Sahaspur) of Uttarakhand. In order to seek justice for all, safeguard rights and promote legal empowerment of the society there, emerges a need for making the local populace legally aware about their rights and entitlements.
PRAGATI also acts as resource agency in various projects of RLEK.
Via its activities PRAGATI supports approximately 6,500 women. These women are belonging to marginalized communities living below the poverty line, Self Help Groups women and elected women functionaries from entire state of Uttarakhand.
PRAGATI’s activities are funded by different Ministries and Government departments such as Ministry of Minority Affairs, National Commission For Women etc. to name a few.
PRAGATI works in the rural parts of India and concentrates its activities in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
PRAGATI employs 11 staff and gets support from 20 local volunteers.
PRAGATI also has more than 40 interns coming each month from various universities of India and abroad. Their work is equivalent to 10 full time employees.
To train the field staff of PRAGATI as basic trainers in self-defense’s techniques.
India is ranked fifth in the world’s five most dangerous countries in the world. It is just a little better than countries such as Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan.
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a crime has been recorded against women every three minutes in India. Every 60 minutes, two women are raped in this country. Every six hours, a young married woman is found beaten to death, burnt or driven to suicide.
Violence against women is a serious problem in India. Among rural women, one-third of women aged from 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence and about 1 in 10 has experienced sexual violence. In total, 35 percent have experienced physical or sexual violence. Therefore, training in self defence of women is very important.
The field staff of PRAGATI trained by the volunteer will afterwards provided training to grass-root women whom they work with.
The women will then be able to protect themselves and disseminate these techniques to more women around them.
Self-defense will be a deterrent tool to prevent assault or rape; and the women will gain confidence.
The volunteer(s) will provide a training to PRAGATI field staff in self-defense techniques, as follows:
- Awareness and prevention: avoid dangerous places and people, identify and avoid predators before an assault can occur, beware of surroundings, don’t provoke or argue, escape or create distance…
- Practical self-protection skills when facing one or more than one attacker;
- Use of basic instincts in self-defense.
The trainer(s) should keep in mind that PRAGATI field staff will afterwards transfer this knowledge amongst their beneficiaries; who will transfer it to their relatives.
This will build the self confidence of the women supported by PRAGATI.
After different trainings, PRAGATI wish to become a training centre in self-defence.
Nom des bénéficiaires : The training will be organized for the staffs of the organization.
Nombre de participants : 9
Niveau des participants
The mission is organized for the 9 staff of PRAGATI which is all women. They are between 20 and 40 years old.
- Ms. Kala Bharti, MA Sociology, Field Facilitator ;
- Ms. Pyardai, MA Sociology, Field Facilitator ;
- Ms. Guddi, B.A (Hindi Literature), Field Facilitator.
- Ms. Neelam (office staff),
- Ms. Neeraj (office staff),
- Ms. Tabasum, field staff,
- Ms. Vijay Laxmi, field staff,
- Ms. Kala Bharti, field staff,
- Ms. Sharmila, field staff.
Formation des participants
They can read and speak in English. They have not received any training in self-defense or in any other martial art or combat sport.
Lieu de mission : Dehradun
Aéroport / Lieu d'arrivée : Dehradun
Transfert sur le lieu de mission
PRAGATI’s vehicle will receive the volunteer(s) from Dehradun airport and bring him/her/them to the office campus where he/she/they will be staying in PRAGATI fully furnished guestrooms.
It takes around 45 minutes from the Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport to accommodation site.
Condition d'hébergement et d'intendance
The volunteer(s) have the possibility to stay in PRAGATI’s guestrooms. He/she/they will be provided with a separate room with A.C. and attached bathroom within the RLEK Campus.
Each guestroom is modestly furnished with a double bed, a study table and a chair and T.V.
Moyens mis en œuvre
The mission will be carried out in PRAGATI/ RLEK office campus.
The office campus is fully equipped with all the facilities such as whiteboard, paperboard, computers with Wi-Fi connection, video projector etc.
The volunteer(s) will be allowed to use all the above mentioned material, if he/she/they need any other assistance within PRAGATI’s capacity, it will be provided to the volunteer upon request.
The volunteer(s) may conduct his/her/their training from 11:00 until 17:00 with one hour lunch break in between; from Monday to Friday.
The mission site and stay of accommodation is within PRAGATI office Campus, so the volunteer(s) will not have to worry about his/her/their travel each day.
All the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea) will be provided in the mess (called the cooperative kitchen) within the office campus along with staff members.
The mission can happen anytime of the year except during the festival of lights Diwali, in October.
The volunteer(s) should have a good experience in self-defense or in any martial art or combat sport which can be useful to learn about self-defense.
Le dernier rapport de mission de volontaire parti sur ce projet.