Project Name: ICTs Help Battered Dowry Victims Rebuilt their Lives
Initiated by: Nari Raksha Samiti
Nari Raksha Samiti (NRS), an Indian social welfare organization devoted to improving the lives of poor and destitute women. Founded 50 years ago, the organization specifically helps women who have been victims of dowry and end up losing even shelter of themselves. Knowing the fact that large number of young dowry victims suffers because of illiteracy, lack of awareness of their rights, as well as repressive social customs, NRS established a small education centre that educates victims on their rights. Moreover, the organization has been actively working towards developing the strategy to empower the victims on their
rights and give them platform to raise their voices.
The organization focuses on promoting the safety and security of women, family welfare, employment, health and professional on-job training. Apart from providing computer based education programmes, NRS also holds job-oriented courses such as tailoring, cooking, food preservation, interior decoration, etc. These training programmes have enhanced skills of victims and now women are able to approach the job market with great confidence and gain employment.
Presently, NRS has trained 250 young women, 60 of them are dowry victims. NRS has also established an online complaint system for solving dowry and family dispute issues. Women can confidentially lodge complaints through the system and receive assistance from NRS and police and government authorities. Through these system women have been able to raise their voice with their family. NRS has been successful in training more than four hundred dowry victims and poor women in the community.