A comprehensive open discussion oriented workshop with the public prosecutors was organized at the District Resource Centre, at Nuh organized by Empower People, Mewat unit under the IPAP project of DFID and Actionaid India. This workshop was aimed for the sensitization of the public prosecutors and judicial magistrate. A total of 17 public prosecutors president and general secretary of Mewat Bar Association were participated in the workshop. 6 Project Staff of Community Based Action Against Human Trafficking In Mewat (COMBAAHT) were also participated.
A sensitization workshop for Panchayati Raj Institution on bride trafficking and violence against women in Mewat was organized at the District Resource Centre, at Nuh, Mewat under the direct project of Actionaid India, Delhi and Empower People, Mewat. The objective of this workshop was to sensitize the sarpanchs, member of panchayats, block samiti members and members from zila parishad. A total of 34 Panchayat representative attended the workshop. There was 1 trainer, 1 special invitee, and 6 of the project staff of the project Community Based Action Against Human Trafficking In Mewat (COMBAAHT). Various community leaders were also present there. The participatory tools like group discussions, playing cards, and open discussions were used by the trainer.
During the humanitarian crisis that has unfolded in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Chirang districts of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD) and the adjoining Dhubri district, we have witnessed the tragedy of nearly 400,000 people belonging to the Bodo and Muslim communities being forced to move to 273 temporary refugee camps. These people will stand internally displaced, scarred and traumatised for months to come, if not years. So far, it is estimated that 65 persons have lost their lives and around 500 villages have been torched to the ground. The magnitude of this human tragedy is overwhelming considering the short span of two weeks in which it occurred. It poses a serious threat to the already fragile state of secularism in the region whose demography has always been so diverse. It urgently calls for a restoration of trust and confidence amongst all the people affected by the riots.
This three day OD Exercise aimed at promoting awareness on the need for organizing people for rights based action under the Mewat COMBAAHT Project. Thus the need for a strong CBO leading to organizing the unorganized and empowering the powerless has been the main focus in this workshop. The need for People’s Organization was facilitated through action reflection for the potential leaders of the emerging CBO in the area. The emphasis was on the issues of values, vision and leadership in regard to organization management. Goal setting for organization growth was also emphasized.
Participatory tools like structured exercises, case studies, and recreation and group discussions were used to facilitate action reflection on the issues.
Finally, the community comes together to stand up against the Bride trafficking. Today there are about 500 community groups having more than 5,000 such community members. The high way of in- country trafficking especially for bride trafficking starts from Assam and West Bengal and goes down to the capital of the country. The mobilisation of the community is very encouraging outcome of the 16 day march started on 1st March 2012. The March had covered 4,400 odd km travelling through 21 districts of the two states.
Some facts, case studies and videos related to Bride trafficking were shared in street meetings. some times mothers/relatives of victims broke down in public as their daughters are still missing. After Audio-visual presentation in street People motivated to take charge of protection of their daughters, and they found the right forum and time to come together to fight trafficking.