Sakhi Kendra celebrated its 36th Foundation Day !



SAKHI KENDRA
A Ray of Hope for the Betterment of Society


Sakhi Kendra Celebrated 36th Year of its excellence and on this occasion a party was  organised with much fervor and enthusiasm at Sakhi kendra's Office premises on 25th of September 2018 . This party was graced by all the members of Sakhi Kendra family.

Ms Neelam Chaturvedi addressed all the members of Sakhi Kendra with her golden words of encouragement and motivation .All the members have presented  a small presentation on the glorious History of Sakhi Kendra during the party. May our organization grow by leaps and bounds!

LONG LIVE SAKHI KENDRA !

























WRITTEN BY :: RISHABH

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Sakhi Kendra is a renowned non profit charitable organization working for the empowerment of women, gender equality and gender justice with aims to build a healthy society.

Sakhi Kendra's vision for equality, justice and non-violence has been prevailing since last 36 years to build a healthy Society free from all kinds of discriminations, violence and gender based equality. Out of 36000 challenging cases we were able to bring 18000 to justice giving birth to 40000 beneficiaries’ who are still resolving problems for women in distress in their region and spreading awareness amongst multiple people. 




Thousands of street plays, puppet/Muppet shows and livelihood trainings were done to spread our message as much as possible. Around 650 genders, capacity building trainings, Advocacy workshop with Judiciary  were done resulting in implementation of policy and CEDAW Consultancy. Many other sessions with the government were held for formulation of acts related to women and their, effective implementation. Due to our several meetings and dialogues with the government an organized set of structures was formed for strengthening the rights of Domestic Women Workers. Our immense efforts at district level as ‘ Sakhi Gharelu Kamgar Sangh’ and Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Shakti we were able to organize 6000 women. We have done 460 Public court related women’s violence and initiated 135 women candidates in Panchayat and Municipal body elections in various areas of Kanpur. In association with organization S.B.I has sponsored the education grant more than 500 poor, physically handicapped or orphan girls for their basic to Graduation level education.

The process of action and reflection made the group of women activists articulate the importance of both the immediate and the strategic requirements of women. It was also realized that a relatively institutionalized structure is required to support and sustain the momentum that was created so far. At the same time there was a consensus about non-institutionalization of women’s organization- Mahila Manch Hence, it was resolved to create a separate entity to fulfill desired role and thus, Sakhi Kendra was formed in 1982. Supporting the actions of Mahila Manch and working towards strengthening women groups and organizations working for gender equity and gender justice, emerged as core mission of Sakhi Kendra.

Sakhi Kendra was formed with the main objectives to herald social engineering where women folk will be key-elements of change cutting across all forms of gender discrimination, caste & creed, and usher in women empowerment for greater say in fashioning out concrete programmes for socio-economic political regeneration in both urban and rural areas and to build the capacity of women for sustainable social transformation through workshops, trainings and seminars.

The incidents of women violence and women human rights along with criminal activities have been addressed more effectively through police department which has become more functional, active and responding through our interventions and continuous advocacies. 
People from several districts of various States have also approached our helpline and have also taken the benefits of our support services on account of its goodwill through email, phone and postage. 




The intellectuals from various spheres have always been involved with our endeavors through their valuable inputs, and suggestions during ' Think Tank Meetings ' organized frequently .When they had done the review of the work done by Sakhi Kendra  in the past 37 years they expressed their realizations and feeling of appreciation from the bottom of their heart for our passionate, devoted work to achieve our goal.

Several social and women organizations of U.P. and India have been in continuous networking with our organization like Sangini of M.P., Chattisgarh Mahila Samakhya, Todang Trust, Jharkhand, Gadhwal Sewa Samiti, Uttrakhand, HELP Foundation, SARC-Varanasi, Gramya-Varanasi, CREA of Delhi, SABLA of Raibareilly,PANI Sansthan-Gorakhpur, HUMSAFAR of Lucknow, VANANGANA of Chitrakoot, MAHILA UTHAN SAMITI of Lalganj,MEET of Auraiya, BAL VIKAS SAMITI of Fatehpur and CREDA of Mirzapur, Veerangana-Jhansi etc. has been proved an important tool to take several cases in the process of justice.

The emerging women human rights defenders from Kanpur district & rural and different districts of U.P. have been helpful in establishing links with more villages and slums take initiative at primary level to deal with the challenging situation. 






About Ms Neelam Chaturvedi, Gen. Secretary :



It is to say with no exaggeration that Ms Neelam Chaturvedi is a synonym to Courage . A little more than 40 years ago, Ms Neelam Chaturvedi   dreamed of strengthening the social structure which was not easy at that time. Even then Ms Neelam  had long been utilised  every moment of her life for the upliftment of society, humanity and morality .....that time of her journey is a source of inspiration for many people. 

At the age of 16 she found herself helping the injured in all possible ways like aiding them financially; supplying them with clothes, medicines etc.Kanpur Swadeshi mills Campaigning dated 06/10/1977, became important for her to identify her passion and life’s goal. Therefore, she continued her journey to fight against gender inequality and violence. Whether it was campaigning against women’s extremely low wages (1978 cloth mills campaign), establishing a platform dealing with cases like dowry and rape (1979), or going to jail for campaigning against City administrator who demolished Dalit society in the name of beautification, she  always found it important to protest against unjust. Ms Neelam Chaturvedi's organization was an outcome of an intense state level workshop where the problems of women were thoroughly discussed (1981). 

Considering the root cause of major problems realted to VOW, it became important to make people understand the significance of women’s political participation, hence a campaign was held From 1988 to 2000 for Panchayat and Municipal body elections, promoting the participation of women candidates and strengthening the positon of women in the socio-political sphere. 

Working with the government and other reputed NGOs, Ms Neelam Chaturvedi under the banner of Sakhi Kendra has also formulated acts related to women and their, effective implementation like State Women Policy,PWDV Act, PCPNDT Act to name a few.  In 1995 , she became a part of fourth World women conference. In 2000 she participated in Beijing +5, +10 (Word Conference) in New York, and continuously participated in the program of CEDAW. In 2002, she was invited by the renowned Amnesty International at the AGM of Canada and America as guest speaker. She was also a gender specialist in National commission of women. 

In the words of Ms Neelam Chaturvedi , “I have tried to fight against injustice, the desire to do something for the development of society has aspired me to be the change which I wish to see in the society and inspire others to create a healthy living environment free from all kinds of exploitation and inequality. The curiosities for many questions related to discrimination, social inequality , caste system etc. and a passion to serve my life for the welfare of  society gave me strength to deal with the problems of others and be empathetic to their trouble and pain instead of just showing my sympathy to them. "





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Story Behind Sakhi Kendra ....................

The incidents of women violence and women human rights along with criminal activities have been addressed more effectively through police department which has become more functional, active and responding through our interventions and continuous advocacies. 
People from several districts of various States have also approached our helpline and have also taken the benefits of our support services on account of its goodwill through email, phone and postage. 

The intellectuals from various spheres have always been involved with our endeavors through their valuable inputs, and suggestions during ' Think Tank Meetings ' organized frequently .When they had done the review of the work done by Sakhi Kendra  in the past 37 years they expressed their realizations and feeling of appreciation from the bottom of their heart for our passionate, devoted work to achieve our goal.

Several social and women organizations of U.P. and India have been in continuous networking with our organization like Sangini of M.P., Chattisgarh Mahila Samakhya, Todang Trust, Jharkhand, Gadhwal Sewa Samiti, Uttrakhand, HELP Foundation, SARC-Varanasi, Gramya-Varanasi, CREA of Delhi, SABLA of Raibareilly,PANI Sansthan-Gorakhpur, HUMSAFAR of Lucknow, VANANGANA of Chitrakoot, MAHILA UTHAN SAMITI of Lalganj,MEET of Auraiya, BAL VIKAS SAMITI of Fatehpur and CREDA of Mirzapur, Veerangana-Jhansi etc. has been proved an important tool to take several cases in the process of justice.
The emerging women human rights defenders from Kanpur district & rural and different districts of U.P. have been helpful in establishing links with more villages and slums take initiative at primary level to deal with the challenging situation. 







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