One Billion Rising Campaign: Prakriti is part of One Billion Rising Campaign for the last three years. Under this campaign, Prakriti organizes various activities, workshops, demonstrations to draw attention of community on issues and concerns affecting women.
The theme of the OBR activities this year is to study the status of facilities provided by the state at the hostels for Dalit and Tribal girls. Under this campaign, Prakriti planned to interact with girls above 18 years and staying at state supported hostels in the districts of Nagpur, Chandrapur and Balaghat. It is important to mention here that the Dalit and tribal girls from distant and remote villages face lot of problems at the hostels including lack of safety, basic amenities, delay in scholarships etc. Besides, there are instances of sexual abuse and other discriminatory practices at the hostels.
Activities Planned & Undertaken By Prakriti In OBR 2018:
Prakriti planned and undertook the following activities:
Interaction with tribal and Dalit girl students staying at government facility, covering ONE Ashramshala and THREE hostels.
Workshop with girls staying in government hostel for tribal girls on Gender, Health and legal rights.
Collection of information about Dalit / tribal girls staying at Government hostels, from rural and urban areas
Workshop with students at Borda Ashramshala
It is envisaged that the survey will help Prakriti to reach out to girls staying in the state supported hostels and Ashramshalas (Ashramshalas are residential schools up to 12th Std. run by the state government for tribal students and are located in tribal areas. All the necessities are provided by the state in Ashrmashalas)
Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh:
Meeting with Deputy Commissioner Tribal development to discuss One Billion rising campaign and about the status of girl students in hostels
Workshop with girls students .
In Madhya Pradesh there are separate hostels for Dalit and tribal students. Before interacting with hostel inmates, Prakriti team need to sought permission from the authority at the hostel, who then directed us to meet the Deputy Welfare officer, who did not allow us to visit the hostels and interact with the girls. Thus we decided to interact with the girls at the colleges and at the internet cafes where they come to submit their online admission and registration forms.