Menu

EKTA Resource Centre for Women

Protect and Promote women's Rights

header photo

COUNSELLING

Resolving Conflicts and Enhancing Self Esteem

EKTA, through its counselling process enables a person to sort out issues and reach decisions affecting his/ her life. It involves talking to the client (mostly women and very few men) to provide a personal space, which is denied often in their maternal and matrimonial houses. Our counselling helps them to make their own decision or create conditions to understand and/ or improve their life circumstances. Ekta’s counselling is tilted towards furthering human rights and social feminism, though the choice is finally with the individual woman.

EKTA offers counselling on:

  • Socio-legal
  • Marital disputes
  • Economic exploitation

EKTA provides counselling to women and their families irrespective of their class. Based on the merit of the case, we help them to get referrals to Police and Family Courts. For litigation process, we get the help of specialized agencies.

NETWORKING

EKTA envisages social change as a process of collective action and reflection, and therefore networks with similar thinking organisations and individuals. We link up with organisations, networks at various levels through meetings and facilitates study circles. These networks are represented by women from different professional backgrounds to debate current and emerging issues of women.

EKTA organises workshops and public events for wider constituencies. For example, we have made students and men take part in campaigns through the White Ribbon Campaign against violence on women.

We work with the following institutions and organisations:

  • International Women Peace Group (IWPG)
  • Voluntary Action Network in India (VANI) – Information dissemination
  • National Alliance of Women (NAWO) – Networking of Women
  • FEDCOT – Consumer Rights
  • Local and State Government Departments – Women Rights
  • State Social Welfare Board – Women and Children Rights
  • State and National Commission for Women – Women Rights
  • Universities and Colleges – Advocacy and Lobbying fir Gender Equity
  • UNDP – Governance and Panchayat Raj
  • ISS – Governance
  • Peoples Watch – Human Rights
  • South Asian Network to Address Masculinities  (SANAM) – gender and masculinities
  • National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) – Advocacy and Lobbying for Gender Equality
  • Women Power Connect (WPC) – (33% reservation for women)

ADOLESCENT AND YOUTH PROGRAMME

Adolescent is considered as an age of opportunity.  EKTA strives to sharpen the skills of adolescents to help them navigate risks and vulnerabilities, enhance their self-confidence and self-worth, to secure their rights both at home and outside and set them on the path to fulfilling their potential.

Under Adolescent Programme, we run:

Life Education Programme

Creating Future Leaders

Life Education Programme (LEP) is one of the flagship programmes of EKTA. We believe that we need to work with boys as well to educate them on attitudinal changes on masculinities and violence particularly when they are young itself.

We initiated LEP in the year 2000 in six corporation schools in Madurai. This move was an outcome of EKTA’s “16 Day Activism”  conducted in schools and colleges in 2000 and requests made by some of the school administration.

The students in the corporation schools who primarily come from the urban poor settlements are victims of poverty, social discrimination, malnourishment and broken families. They also lack access to development opportunities.

This programme aims to provide these students these students relevant information and counselling for enhancing their self-esteem and skills to address the disadvantages they are confronted with.

The overall goal of LEP:

Ensure the promotion of rights (to education, to reproductive health, protection from violence, participation and decision making) of adolescent girls and boys

We conduct regular classes in six corporation schools for the children who are in class 8th and 9th. Classes are held daily for one hour, after the school hours.

We adopt participatory methodologies and encourage students to share their views.  Our instruction is interactive through story-telling, playing games, group discussion, use of charts, posters, books and counselling.  We invite the students to provide their feedback at the end of the session.

Most of our books are with clear illustrations which makes it easy for the students to understand and grasp the ideas.

We award a participation certificate at the end of the year.

We have developed a syllabus for the students, teachers as well for parents covering the following:

  • Understanding self, family and society
  • Promoting Child Rights
  • Analytical and creative thinking
  • Instilling leadership and organising skills
  • Creating awareness on personal hygiene, reproductive health and HIV/ AIDS
  • Creating awareness on sexual abuse
  • Understanding mass media and its impact

Students for Change

Engaging Students to create equality, justice and peace:

EKTA initiated this programme in 1994 in collaboration with the National Service Scheme (NSS) of Madurai Kamaraj University. Later a survey was undertaken in some select colleges among the students to assess their understanding about the situation of women in society and violence against women in particular. Following this a three day residential workshop was organized for the women students of the above colleges.

We work with students of selected colleges and non-student youth in rural areas to create awareness on gender equality and to understand society from a rights perspective.

We cover the following topics:

  • Gender equality
  • Globilisation and challenges
  • Role of media in social transformation
  • Women and human rights
  • International instruments – (UDHR, UN-CRC and CEDAW)
  • Right to Information Act
  • Sexual harassment at workplace
  • Domestic Violence Act

We help the youth to understand societal issues through discussions, Seminars and workshops. We take the students on exposure trips to institutions such as Children’s homes, Old Age Home, Juvenile Homes, General Hospitals, Courts and Women Police Stations. This gives the students an opportunity to have practical understanding on social institutions and social issues.

We offer the students internship in our organization and they are encouraged to undertake a project work of their own choice.

Impact of Students for Change Programme:

Most of the member students seem to send a strong message of the programme among their peer group.

They give respect to women in the family and involve them in decision making

EKTA’s representation as Board members is ensure in the department of women’s studies of two colleges