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Community meeting on Domestic Workers

Joint Women's Programme organized a community meeting in Nithari village on the issue of domestic workers, challenges and old age and widow pension. Legal Advisor Bulbul Das gave them advise on both the issues. During the interaction, participating domestic workers complained about the lack of toilet facilities at work place. Lawyer cum activist Dassaid that domestic workers should form a group and request residents welfare association to construct one or two toilets for them in their areas. Das gave them advise on widow and old age pension. She also spoke on legal rights of women in property.
 
 
Women for Constitutional Rights

JWP believes that to make a real difference, policies for change have to be demanded and formulated to suit local needs. All necessary implementing mechanisms should be put in place and required funds provided. This needs continuous and concerted advocacy with the government machinery at all levels.

Child Rights
JWP has been campaigning with other child rights and human rights organisations to ensure that all rights are provided to all children. It has been involved in analysing the National Policy for Children and the report of India’s CRC performance with the India Alliance for Child Rights.

JWP is also engaged in studying India’s 12th Five Year Plan for National Development to determine the extent to which the rights of children are addressed.

It has also advocated for action against various forms of child sexual abuse and demanded necessary changes in existing laws and formulating new laws and a stronger commission for protection of child rights. Some of the major areas of concern have been prevention of child marriages, child labour and child trafficking for various purposes. Questions of child sexual abuse and rape has been seriously addressed by JWP. Several campains with children in the slums have been conducted against child marriage and child labour to primarly sensitize children both boys and girls in order to prevent them from becoming victims.

Women’s Rights
JWP is one of the seven national organisations along with All India Democratic Women’s Association, All India Women’s Conference, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, National Federation of Indian Women, Mahila Dakshata Samiti and YWCA of India who since 1984 have jointly demanded 33% reservation of seats for women in State Assemblies and Parliament. This women's network has succeeded in its attempt to influence the government to bring about changes in the Rape Law, the Dowry Act, the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, Property Rights for Women, and the setting up of the National Commission for Women.

33% Reservation
The passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha in March 2010 had brought in some hope that it would be passed in the Lok Sabha in July 2010. JWP, along with other NGOs, met the Hon’ble President Smt. Pratibha Patil, members of Parliament and party representatives and the Speaker with the following memorandum:
“We call upon all political parties in Parliament to come together and ensure the smooth passage of the 33% Women's Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha without delay.

We appeal to all progressive forces to strongly and vocally support the cause of women's rights and equality in India.”

Despite all efforts, the Bill is still pending and movement continues

Gender Sensitive Budget
JWP, alongwith other national women’s organisations, advocated for a Gender Sensitive Budget and sent a Memorandum to the Finance Minister. The demands made were :

  • Adequate gender budgeting in all ministries and departments
  • Suitable funding to ensure Food Security
  • Allocation of 6% of GDP for Health
  • Allocation of 6% of GDP for Education
  • Funds for special schemes for Women Workers
  • Increase in allocation for Women Farmers
  • Increase in allocation for schemes for Tribal, Dalit and Minority Women
  • Special schemes for challenged Women

Advocacy for Clean Drinking Water

Advocacy for Betti Bachao Beti Padhao

  • Advocating special attention be paid to the girl child from marginalised communities
  • Examine deprivations and rights violations in the implementation of existing policies and
    schemes
  • Adopting more just and equitable measures