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Surguja: This district in Chhattisgarh shows real picture of women empowerment

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tribes-women-india-adivasiBy NewsGram Staff Writer

One of the poorest districts in Chhattisgarh, Surguja, has made it to the textbook of Chhattisgarh Education Board as a success story of women empowerment.

Between 2010 to 2012, more than 400 children died due to malnutrition. As reported by a national daily, last month, the administration identified over 400 children in the district who were in need of “assistance”.

But now the district has a different story to tell. The problem of malnutrition has been successfully checked in a tactful manner by the district by empowering the women.

As per the report, the women of the Oraon tribe, one of the poorest in Chhattisgarh, now run pig farms and brick kilns, work as masons, contractors and suppliers in various departments, run the Collectorate canteen and supervise its parking area, and also drive auto-rickshaws.

The women were encouraged to form a self help group (SHG) with government aid. They are given proper training as per their skills and preferences. Later, with the help of a loan, they begin their ventures, with the assurance that their products would be bought by government departments.

The District Collector, Ritu Sain, initiated a 15 month drive to ensure that every woman between the ages of 18 and 60 in the district and coming from a poor family would be a part of any of the various self help groups.

“A scheme targeting malnourishment based merely on supply of food or rations would work only for a limited period. Economic empowerment of women is the best way to tackle malnutrition,” says Sain, as reported by The Indian Express.

Another program initiated by the Collector involves charting the health parameters of women of the district.

Reportedly more than 50,000 women have undergone a detailed check-up, revealing 315 cases of suspected breast cancer, 9,166 of suspected cervical cancer, 3,027 cases of cataract and 2,522 of anemia.

Surguja now has around 12,000 SHGs, employing at least 1.25 lakh women out of the district’s 3.25 lakh.

In a country like India, especially in places like the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, women empowerment doesn’t come easy. This indeed has made the district of Surguja exemplary. It is high time women start to take matters in their own hands, because the empowerment of women will definitely aid the progress of the nation.

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Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago

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Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago.
Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago. IANS
  • Women empowerment campaign launched in Chicago
  • 150 people attended the campaign
  • The campaign was initiated by Indian women in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL, Dec 16, 2017: The Women’s Empowerment Campaign had a very successful media launch on December 9 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows IL.

The event was attended by 150 people, including India’s Consul General in Chicago, Neeta Bhushan, and prominent business and community leaders.

The initiative is a collaboration between Bhushan and the principals of the campaign Rita Singh, Shital Daftari & Dr. Anuja Gupta, who are prominent businesswomen and community members in Chicagoland.

“It was a great idea of the founders to start a women’s empowerment group. It was much needed in Chicago & will go a long way” said Bhushan. The guests enjoyed a beautiful evening with the founders presenting their vision for the WE POWER campaign, presentation of their impressive team & entertainment by Ameya Dance Academy themed around women’s empowerment.

“Chicago needed a strong women’s group to represent the high level of success our community has seen in business, community service, arts & culture. The Women’s Empowerment Group has filled a huge gap & has great potential in Chicago & also nationally” added Bhushan.

The Campaign was designed to create the largest networking & empowerment platform for Indian women in Chicagoland.

“We wanted to form a group that showed the power of Indian women in Chicago & do something that made a positive impact in our community” said the founders.

The philosophy of the founders and leadership team was to build a powerful community of support for Indian women in Chicagoland through this platform. The group plans to celebrate Women’s Day annually as a gala event.

The group has had considerable recognition from the community so far. Many women have expressed an interest in joining the group. They have also received calls from Indian women outside of Chicagoland to join. Women leaders from the Indian community in Florida & New Jersey have expressed an interest in setting up sister organizations in their own town.

“The Indian women community has gotten to a level where we want to make a difference by supporting each other and elevating the status of the whole community” says Dr. Gupta. (IANS)

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