It is a common sight to see women construction workers on many building sites in Asia. They help with the heavy lifting of bricks, cement, buckets of water and stones.
Reaching survivors of sexual violence in Kolkata
Sanchita* from Kolkata married, like many young Indian girls, very young. She moved with her new husband into his parents’ house and then later to another apartment belonging to his family. Together they had one son.
Claiming back the forest for the people
At one time, much of Jharkhand, east India, was covered by thick forests, but this has changed over the last century and a half.
Building connections between citizens and service providers
Find Your Feet supports long-term rural development projects in India and other countries. It works in Jharkhand to raise awareness at the community level and encourages people to ask for their entitlements and services.
Eggs at lunchtime!
Midday meals at schools in the region of Jharkhand used to be comprised only of rice, lentils and vegetables. EKJUT enables poor households in Jharkhand to access quality food year round, by linking them to government social protection programmes and helping them to grow nutritious crops.
Beedi-rollers can now see a better future
Some 70 per cent of poor, landless women in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal roll beedis for a living. Beedis are inexpensive thin cigarettes wrapped in leaves and they are typically rolled by women in their own homes as part of a cottage industry.
Strengthening elected women representatives
In 2010 Indu Bala Sawansi from the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand was elected to the local urban council. In this male-dominated environment, she was unsure at first about whether or not she would be taken seriously.
Changing social norms, affirming identities
Kamla from the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand was married when she was 12 years old. Her father worked as a labourer and believed that marrying his daughter off early would relieve him of the burden of caring for her financially.
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