SMS toured hailstorm affected districts for counselling sessions for children.


In the last week of March a small team of volunteers from Pune office of Stree Mukti Sanghatana

toured hailstorm hit areas of Maharashtra. The purpose behind this tour was

  • to visit the schools in affected villages and talk to people
  • to identify the needs of  school children regarding stress management & counselling
  • to  conduct session on relaxation techniques.

Along with a volunteer from Connecting NGO two counsellors with a team leader left for Latur on  27th of March.

The first session was conducted in Pratibha Niketan Ashrmshla  at Manohartanda, in Ausa Tehsil. After the rector & supervisor assembled the students  the session was opened with some games. A questionnaire specially developed for the purpose was  filled  by the children.Children were aware about the triggers of stress  and wanted to know  how to cope with it. The session ended with  guided relaxation exercise.

The same session was repeated in  Shantiniketan Ashramshala  at Deotalaa. The teachers were  also curious to know about stress management  in  both the  schools.

On 28th March two sessions were conducted in  Vidyaniketan High school & Jr.College  at Javalagaa.College students seemed to be shy initially but responded well to the relaxation exercise.Small children, as usual, were bold enough to share their experiences, even in front of a local video journalist.

We had an opportunity to address approx. 300 staff of different schools ,educational c
entres in the  district gathered for a training in  Latur city. It was an interactive session on adolescent  counseling and our experiences  in the field  since last 17 years.

A mass address was conducted for 500 students of Mukteshwar High School & Jr. College in Ausa on 29th Mar. Here students shared their stressful as well as joyful moments publically


We had seen many reports of farmers’ loss on TV channels & newspapers but visit to a  farm  gave us clear idea  of severity of the situation & farmers grief . The farmer also shared the impact on him.

On our return journey we had a feeling of satisfaction that we could do our little bit for children in this area. In short we were enlightened and enriched with experience.



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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence


In June 1991, generic the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), clinic with participants of the first Women’s Global Institute on Women, cost Violence and Human Rights, called for a global campaign — 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Participants chose the dates 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and 10 December, International Human Rights Day, in order to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including 29 November, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 1 December, World AIDS Day, and 6 December, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when 14 women engineering students were gunned down for being feminists.

Since its inception, the campaign has grown exponentially and, in 2005, activities took place in some 130 countries, involving different levels and sectors of government, international and local NGOs, and United Nations entities.

Stree Mukti Sanghatana is a grass root level organization. Under one of our projects Parisar Vikas, we have formed self help groups of waste pickers. We also try to help these women and their families with various other issues such as health, good sanitation facilities, rationing problems and education problems. Another of our project is the Family Counseling Centre. We have these centres in Vashi, Chembur, Parel, Dombivali, Pune, Buldhana and Osmanabad. It is during our interaction with women at grass root levels or with our counseling centre clients we have realize that a lot women face gender violence. But what made it worse is the attitude of these women who accepte gender violence as a way of life. Keeping this in mind, in the year 2012 Stree Mukti Sanghatana observed this fortnight in our Parel, Chembur, Vashi, Buldhana and Osmanabad branches. We conducted various sessions for slum dwellers to help these women understand the concept of violence. We explained that violence could be emotional, economical, related to health and not just physical violence. Through interactive sessions we discussed ways by which these women could empower themselves against these atrocities. In this period we sensitized over 2500 women and adolescent girls.

In the year 2013, during the course of our work we realized that there is an alarming increase in the number of rape cases and there were also growing incidences of acid attacks on women. Even more alarming was the attitude of the family members towards rape survivors. They would not want these survivors to register police complaints or undergo medical check-up. Hence we decided to conduct sessions in various slum pockets in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to educate women about the recent changes in the law and the procedure to be followed in case of rape. It was decided that the outreach workers and counselors of Stree Mukti Sanghatana would conduct these sessions. To equip the staff with adequate information we conducted Training of Trainers for the staff and gave them elaborate information about the laws and the current changes made. We also underwent another training in which the staff was sensitized on how to handle the issue in groups and we were also told the ways and means by which to make the sessions interactive and were told the importance of making these sessions interactive.


Crowd gathers

The Constitution of India as well as other laws have conferred equal rights and status on women. These however have not been actualized as yet. In every field, viagra 60mg women occupy a secondary and subsidiary place. The role of the Stree Mukti Sanghatana therefore becomes necessary to help liberate women from economic, cialis social, online political, cultural and psychological oppression.

Economic Oppression
Even now the rightful place of a woman is considered to be within the confines of the house. National plans and planning processes do not include women. They are mostly offered low-paid and subsidiary jobs. The responsibilities of child care and cooking are not yet considered social responsibilities and lie primarily with women. Lack of inexpensive eating places and crèches add to their burden.

Social Oppression
Systems like dowry traditions continue unabated even today. Male chauvinist attitudes are perpetuated and promoted. Women are considered and treated as sex objects. These attitudes lead to occurrences of rape and create and maintain systems like prostitution and devdasi.

Political Oppression
Since most women are not economically independent as yet and as the electoral system today requires huge expenditures, the proportion of women legislators is very low. Participation of women in party politics is also low due to the very same reasons.

Cultural Oppression
Scriptures, literature and other arts depict a woman in her traditional weak and secondary role. Cinema, theatre, and advertisements repeatedly stress the traditional and sex object image of women.

Psychological Oppression
As a result of all these factors the woman herself accepts her secondary status and role. She is unable to perceive the possibilities of liberation created by the technical facilities available in the new industrial society. She cannot therefore cherish the aspirations of liberation. The other side of the picture is provided by the man who remains a slave of male chauvinist attitudes. He is unable to adopt the attitude of equality about his wife and other women at home or with women colleagues at work.

Dynamics Of Women’s Liberation


Total women’s liberation is not possible at an individual level. Even if some women, recipe for example, malady free themselves from mental slavery they cannot change the attitude of the society towards women. That requires a social and collective struggle. The struggle has to take place at three levels:

(a) An intellectual struggle with oneself
(b) A struggle in individual practice and
(c) Collective struggle

We believe that it is necessary to launch a collective and organized movement for struggles at all the three levels.

The inequality between men and women seen in every sphere of life today is related to the general social inequality. We believe that we are organically related to any and all efforts, story wherever they are going on to abolish this inequality. Wherever possible, we believe, that we must cooperate with such efforts. This is the necessity of our own movement since we shall have to appeal to activists in different fields for our own movement.

It is necessary to investigate the historical reasons and processes whereby the woman has been relegated to this secondary social status. Stree Mukti Sanghatana will therefore take up as its main tasks:

(a) The theoretical study of women’s problems
(b) Making women conscious about their rights
(c) Organizing women to address different problems in their life and helping them to struggle for the solution of these problems

The problems of women in different spheres of activity and from different economic groups are quite different in today’s situation. It is necessary to recognize and admit that the educational levels and cultural atmospheres of the women from different groups are different. Hence, the organization and movements of the different groups will need different methods of building up. The activities and programmes will also differ. The Stree Mukti Sanghatana has a broad and comprehensive outlook about the general problems of women. It will therefore aid women from different groups in getting organized and will make efforts to give these organizations a definite direction.

The Stree Mukti Sanghatana will function as a nuclear organization, and will make efforts at coordination so that women from different strata and groups can share and exchange thoughts and experiences as well as develop an awareness of the existence of common problems faced by all the groups as women. It will be the task of the Sanghatana to create a united movement of women through these efforts.

Women from the working class, agricultural, labour and white-collared employees have been fighting along with men regarding problems in their own field. There have not been sufficient efforts, however, to make them aware about the specific problems of women. It was believed that such efforts would create a split between the men and the women. This notion is totally erroneous. The obstacle in the path of women’s liberation is not men but the entire social system and, the male chauvinism and mental slavery engendered by the system. If this is borne in mind it will be seen that the struggle and movements launched on specific problems of women will in fact strengthen the unity between men and women as well as the general unity of the movement. We firmly believe this. The participation of women in movements as well as men’s participation in housework will as a result increase and a healthier relationship will develop among colleagues as well as between husbands and wives.

We believe that women’s liberation is not an issue exclusive to Indian women but an international issue. We shall therefore extend support to the women’s liberation movements at different places. It is necessary that we draw inspiration from these movements as well as carry on an exchange of views.

Any woman who shares the above perspective, irrespective of her religion, sect, caste or economic group, can join the Stree Mukti Sanghatana. The Sanghatana will function democratically. Men also are eligible to enroll as members. Cooperation with other organizations will be on specific issues and programmes. The decision has to however be taken democratically in a general body meeting. The office bearers will be elected in the executive committee meetings. The office bearers should be generally well versed with the aims and activities of the Sanghatana. If it becomes necessary for the activities, subcommittees will be appointed, which will be elected by the Sanghatana.