India

BHUMIKA, India – contact point for women in distress

Women in India on their way to a self-determined life. Photo: © ASW Aktionsgemeinschaft Solidarische Welt e.V.Women in India on their way to a self-determined life.
Photo: © ASW Aktionsgemeinschaft Solidarische Welt e.V.
 
Area of intervention: Hyderabad in the region Andhra Pradesh in the South of India

Supported by TDF since: 2016

Target group: women being disadvantaged or affected by violence, region Andhra Pradesh

Background:

  • Gender specific violence is a huge problem in India
  • In 2014, 52% of the women between 18 and 49 had experienced violence at least once (International Centre for Research on Women)
  • In 2013, over 33.000 women have been raped, 1636 just in Delhi, the number of unrecorded cases is probably way higher (National Crime Records Bureau)
  • Forced marriage, dowry death, and abortion of female foetuses are common
  • Even though there has been a tightening of the law governing sexual offences, the implementation still is insufficient

Project activities:

  • Telephone hotline for girls and women affected by violence
  • Consultation for women and girls in distress
  • Educational work in the fight against violence against women
  • Workshops for police officers, lawyers, judges and universities
  • Lobbying on the political level

Successes:

  • The telephone hotline is well-known in the region
  • 15 to 20 girls and women call daily
  • The government and the police refer cases to the organisation
  • The lobbying work changes the bureaucracy in that region

Project leader: The women’s rights activist Kondaveeti Satyavati is the founder of BHUMIKA. In 1993, she published the first feminist magazine in the local language Telugu. Since 2006, BHUMIKA is a contact point and telephone hotline for girls and women seeking help.

Contacts: Voluntary project coordinator Ruth Meding (indien@frauenrechte.de)
or TERRE DES FEMMES – section international cooperation (iz@frauenrechte.de)

Support:

Support BHUMIKA with a one-time donation or contribute regularly and become sponsor!

You can also donate with the key word “India” on the following account:

EthikBank
Konto 103 116 000
BLZ 830 944 95
BIC GENODEF1ETK
IBAN DE35 8309 4495 0103 1160 00

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