Association for Rural Planning and Action
Addressing Gender Discrimination
Keeping all exclusions and discrimination in view, ARPAN strategically and systematically supports the struggling women by empowering them in an integrated manner through both direct and indirect interventions. The organisation is working actively and in-depth on the issue of violence against women and extending support to women survivors through free legal aid and counselling. The organisation is Service Provider under the PWDVA 2005.
Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact is both immediate and long-term resulting in multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women, girls and the entire family. We facilitate formation and strengthening of women rights collectives at the village level through capacity building workshops.
At present there are 35 women and 35 adolescent girls’ groups formed in District Pithoragrh. Programmes like the 16 days activism ( 25th November to 10th December) to end violence on women and girls, One Billion Rising (14th February) and The International Women’s Day (8th March) are organised with the support of Action Aid, women and girls rights groups, women farmer collectives and elected women representatives. Campaigns, seminars and workshops enabled women and girls to voice their concerns on gender-based discrimination and violence.