VISION AND MISSION OF JAGRUTHA MAHILA SANGHATAN (JMS)
Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan (JMS) is Dalit women agricultural laborers’ collective engaged in the protection and promotion of human rights of Dalit Women through socio-economic-cultural empowerment of dalit women and dalit communities in Karnataka. The principal focus of work has been the social-economic and cultural empowerment of Dalit women agricultural laborers in Hyderabad Karnataka through the Community Based People’s organization known as Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan (JMS). Having its operational centre at Potnal village in Manvi Taluka of Raichur District the activities of the organization are spread directly in 15 Gram Panchayats of Sindhanur and Manvi taluka, covering about 60 villages. JMS reaches out to the entire district of Raichur in collaboration with other organizations for issues of research, advocacy and other strategic issues. For more details please visit www.jmschiguru.wordpress.com (website work in progress)
The vision of Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan is to build a just society without discrimination, social injustice and violence
The mission of Jagrutha Mahila Sanghatan is to struggle against all oppression and discrimination and to creatively engage in reconstruction of social relationships and social structures towards enabling the Dalit Community to live a life of dignity
The goal of JAGRUTHA MAHILA SANGHATAN IS To address violations of human rights of Dalit Women and to work positively work towards strengthening the Dalit Communities by using human rights campaign, research, building action-reflection strategies, and by increasing the consciousness on human rights and social justice by way of human rights education in an on- going way
In the drought prone district of Raichur in North Karnataka, JMS is striving to secure, protect and promote their social, cultural and economic rights. The primary focus and objectives of JMS are as follows:
- Facilitation of the building up of JMS into a vibrant agricultural labourers collective looking into wider issues of minimum and equal wages, public distribution systems, employment guarantee, addressing atrocities and violence against Dalit women, domestic violence etc.
- Securing education rights to children and eradicating child labour.
- Securing health rights through the work with community bare foot doctors who have emerged as healers in the area and campaigning for right to health care through facilitating the process of better implementation of state health programmers.
- Initiating livelihood and constructive activities to promote natural and organic farming and social marketing enterprises by women such as promotion of neem fertiliser, bio pesticides, terracotta jewellay, herbal medicines, livestock development etc.
- Initiating agricultural reconstruction through promotion of organic and natural farming, waterharvesting, land development programmes etc.among farming communities.
- Ensuring access to basic rights of communities of the agricultural and wage labourers from the government such as BPL cards, social security such as pensions and social benefits, housing, electricity, sanitation, Panchayat and local governance issues and right to information.
- Using alternative ways of increasing societal consciousness and to build critical mass of people in the communities to work towards social change by using research, training, campaigns, education, cultural media etc as tools.
Key processes in which of JMS has significant and intensive experiences:
- Leadership building of women as women leaders through training and awareness, addressing the issues of dalit women’s rights and campaigning for human rights;
- Land Development and promoting natural farming: Improvement of the marginal lands of SC/ST communities and promoting natural farming. It has also trained 300 households in the techniques of preparing organic and bio-fertilisers.
- Right to Education & Eradication of Child Labour: More than 400 child labourers have been trained and mainstreamed in the education system through the central government programme (National Child Labour Project) and by continuous campaign for the eradication of child labor;
- Strengthening the processes Right to work & employment through Awareness, training and planning with the communities:
- Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC) training – for health and human rights Community Monitoring : To spread awareness on health as a human right and to address the issues of violations of health rights and to work for the realization of health rights to rural people
- Supporting CHIGURU, the social livelihood enterprise of JMS owned and run by women.
- Addressing issues of community entitlements on food –secrurity (including PDS, ICDS, Midday Meals etc.), education and health rights through participation in SSA and NRHM/Community Monitoring training and community mobilization).