BHUMIKA Women's Collective, India – Support Centre for women in distress

BHUMIKA Women’s Collective fights for a self-determined and free life for women and girls.  © BHUMIKA Women's CollectiveBHUMIKA Women’s Collective fights for a self-determined and free life for women and girls. © BHUMIKA Women's Collective

Project area: Hyderabad, Telangana state, South India

Supported by TDF since: 2016

Target group: Girls and women threatened or affected by by domestic and sexualized violence

Background:

  • In the last decades, Indian women have increasingly been raising their voices against violence and patrilocal family organization, putting the issues of public and private security of women further into the spotlight of nationwide debates.
  • Whether a woman can live in freedom, highly depends on her religion, caste, class, education and social environment. Rural women are still mostly cut off from emancipatory movements in larger cities.
  • As a result of a 2018 survey, the Thomson Reuter Foundation identified India as the most dangerous country for women in the world. Shockingly, India even outran Afghanistan and Syria who occupy rank 2 and 3.
  • Our partner organization BHUMIKA Women’s Collective works in Hyderabad which is the second most dangerous city in India according to data provided by the National Crime Records Bureau in 2016.
  • In 2014, a study of the International Centre for Research on Women found that 52% of the questioned women between 18 and 49 years had experienced physical violence at least once in their lifetime.
  • Due to the poor implementation of the laws on the protection of women against violence, support structures for women in distress are still missing.  

Project activities:

BHUMIKA Women’s Collective advocates the establishment and improvement of comprehensive psychological and legal support systems for girls and women threatened or affected by violence. Other important aspects of their work are prevention of violence and political lobbying.

  • Support Centres for Women and Children in police stations of districts with high prevalence of violence against women offer legal and psychological advice in Hyderabad and Karimnagar. Since 2017, TDF helps to finance one Support Centre in Karimnagar.
  • Long-term assistance in serious cases of violence: BHUMIKA Women’s Collective accompanies affected women to hospital, seeks dialogue with their families, assists in the application for state funds and offers legal advice.
  • Workshops for government officials, police officers, lawyers and judges sensitize for women’s rights and the problem of gender-specific violence.
  • Staff trainings in hospitals and Support Centres assure high-quality assistance for affected women and eradicate structures of re-victimization.
  • 24/7 Tele-helpline for women in distress
  • Political lobbying to enforce better legal protection for girls and women.

Impact

  • Between 2010 and 2017, around 900 government officials participated in the workshops offered in Telangana state and approximately 1.000 women sought advice in the Support Centres.
  • Between 2006 and 2014, the tele-helpline received 52.000 calls, with up to 20 calls a day. TDF supported the helpline until 2017 when BHUMIKA Women’s Collective managed to successfully raise funds from an Indian agency, assuring the long-term sustainability of the helpline.
  • Since 2016, TDF helps to finance the Support Centre in Karimnagar. In the first six months of 2018, 93 women sought help there. 279 individual counselling sessions, 127 couple sessions and 135 family sessions were held during this time.

Project manager: Kondaveeti Satyavati

Contacts: Voluntary project coordinator Patricia Maag (indien@frauenrechte.de)
or TERRE DES FEMMES – department for International Cooperation (iz@frauenrechte.de)

Your support is needed for:

  • the services offered by the Support Centre for Women and Children in Karimnagar.
  • sensitization workshops and trainings on gender-specific violence.
  • individual assistance in serious cases.
  • awareness raising activities regarding the prevention of violence and critical reflection on discriminative gender role models at schools and other educational institutions.

Support BHUMIKA Women's Collective with a one-time donation or contribute regularly and become a sponsor!

You can also donate to the following account, using the keyword “India” as a reference for your payment:

TERRE DES FEMMES e.V.
EthikBank
IBAN DE35 8309 4495 0103 1160 00
BIC GENODEF1ETK

 

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