pg15With the name – DISA MAHILA SANGHARSH MANDAL, we could form 21 Women’s Associations in Sadar Block, 20 in Ikauna Block and 20 in Harraiya Block with 1750 Members for empowerment of Women and gender balance in the society. Besides the village level formation of the Association of Women, there are the Block Level and DISA Central Level Federation. In Mithaval Block, we have Panchayat level and Cluster level Federation. The Village level and Block level association have five office bearers each and they have started owning up greater roles and responsibilities.

pg16These Associations have become the platform for the women to come together, share their experiences, joys and sorrows, get some input and learning exercises, support each other and thus build the social capital for their empowerment and gender balance. They have undertaken many collective actions and organized common celebrations on Independence Day and Republic Day.

pg17We had the Women’s Day Celebrations jointly together with CSO Partners Network in Basti District at Basti Club on 08 March 2009, which was the spectacular gathering of women as a show of strength and demand for their rights. All these celebrations could instill greater confidence in them by associating themselves with the Groups and CSOs. Women came to the meeting places in rallies and slogans, performed cultural programmes and participated in the meetings with great interest. Many men and children also attended the programme and the celebrations created great effect in villages. The themes for this year were Women’s health as a Right, Accessibility to Govt. Schemes and Increasing the Participation of Women in Panchayats.