According to the latest National Crime Records Bureau data, 60 women in Madhya Pradesh go missing every day. In the last few years, incidents of trafficking of girls have increased rapidly in the state. In the Betul district, women and girls belonging to schedule caste and schedule tribe communities are highly prone to get trafficked due to poverty, social exclusion and exploitation. The recovery rate of trafficked girls is just 50 per cent which means too many girls never come back home.
Furthermore, women in the community also face gender-based discrimination and violence. Patriarchal societal systems restrict the sexual and reproduction health of women, and their mobility and access to work. Because of the highly discriminative nature of society, men have control over the social, cultural and political structures.
This project, which is part of a larger initiative called Parivatan Abhiyan, aims to organize women into groups to collectively address the issues they are facing in the community, especially the issue of trafficking, migration, gender-based violence and discrimination.
The project is also aimed at strengthening women groups by making them aware about their rights as well as the consequences of migration, trafficking and gender-based discrimination and violence. They are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process through gram sabhas and other relevant engagements with representatives of the state government.
A total of 1200 single women have been identified in 50 villages under this project. Single women include widows, divorcees, separated, unmarried women, and those deserted by husbands. One of the main objectives of the project is to ensure single women have access to social security schemes such Widow pension, Vivah Sahayta, Ladli Laxmi Yojana and Maternity Benefit Scheme. Furthermore, it seeks to provide control over their own property including land for home and agriculture through the available legal framework.