Addressing Gender Discrimination

In Indian society, which is known for its varied culture and customs, woman, very easily, becomes the target of certain customs, which directly or indirectly infringe her basic human rights. Existing social structure, non-availability of opportunities, high incidence of violence, and exploitation at various levels etc. all leave women with very poor health and other developmental indicators. Preference for the male child has been one of the most evident manifestations of gender discrimination in our society. With the advancement in medical science and technology, sex selection has moved from female infanticide to sex selective abortions or female foeticide. Despite gains in education, longevity and income for some groups of women, large sections of Indian society still consider daughters a liability, and are apparently stooping to any level in order to avert their birth.
Campaign against Gender Discrimination Focusing Sex Selective Practices in Eight Districts of Madhya Pradesh (Supported by MISEREOR, Germany)
Several national level evaluators have shown that Madhya Pradesh is among the few states of the country with lowest indicators. The state is characterized as a feudalistic form of society, especially in the northern parts. An important feature of the society in this part of the state is the relatively low status accorded to the females in the family and the society, which further justifies low health and other developmental indicators. With no individuality of their own, the females are subjected to all forms of discrimination and violence from the very beginning of their life or even before that. Keeping in view the above fact, MP VHA has undertaken the project titled “Campaign against Gender Discrimination Focusing Sex Selective Practices in Eight Districts of Madhya Pradesh with the support of MISEREOR, Germany.
Project Goal
“Creating Concern and Developing Strong Network of Voluntary Organizations, Government Institutions and Concerned Individuals, who can act as Deterrent against Sex Selective Practices”
Project Objectives :
To create a network of civil society organizations and various stakeholders on issues related to sex selection and female feticide in the region.
To develop a cadre of sensitive and trained individuals / Facilitators within the NGOs as trainers / implementers of programmes on the issue at grass root level.
To do social mobilization at grass root level on the issue with specific groups like women SHGs, adolescents, youth groups, social / religious groups, Panchayti Raj Institutions (local bodies), local health providers, etc.
To sensitize masses and create pressure environment through intensive campaign for effective implementation of Pre Conception & Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act.
To extend emergency / legal support to the needy women and girl children.

Project Area :
Eight Districts of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Bhind, Bhopal, Chhatarpur, Datia, Gwalior, Morena, Panna and Satna

Our Vision

"To Promote Social Justice through the Provision and Distribution of Holistic Health Care & Empowerment of People, to make Health a Reality for all, with Special Emphasis on the Deprived Section"