HEALTH AND EDUCATION FOR VAN GUJJAR WOMAN
With support from the Women's Rehabilitation Group of New Jersey, Asia Initiatives launched a SoCC program to empower the Van-Gujjar women of the Himalayas in India in partnership with Samanta Foundation and Mantra Social Services. The adolescent young girls and women in the Van-Gujjar community have had restricted access to reproductive healthcare and hygiene services and knowledge for decades. Being from a nomadic pastoralist transhumance community they have had limited contact with the world outside. Health education and access to employable skills and opportunities has been missing leading to a lot of health related problems from a very young age. Women in this community agreed to be a part of the Social Capital Credits program so that they can empower themselves. The women earn SoCCs by documenting traditional practices, forest products that they use, send their children to school regularly, planting native trees and attending women's education meetings. The women are redeeming their SoCCs for reproductive health and hygiene workshops and menstrual health products such as reusable sanitary napkins, training on sewing and community sewing machines. The aim is to empower the women so that they become stewards of their own future.
LOCATION: Uttarakhand, India
PARTNERS: Samanta Foundation, Mantra Social Services
CO-FUNDER: Women's Rehabilitation Group
213 women participants from the community are currently enrolled in this program
This project contributes to 6 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)