Almost half of India’s population is women. Despite such demographic reality, the status of women in our country continues to remain pathetic, to say the least.
Gender-based discriminations, harassments, violence has come to be associated with women ever since before her birth- starting with female feticide- and graduating into various types, social, psychological, behavioral and physical. The situation becomes worse if the girl happens to be from underprivileged strata of society. Shelter less and vulnerable, these girls are subjected to all sorts of miseries and subjugation from being trafficked to getting molested, raped, sold, beaten and even murdered. These poor girls have it all right from ‘Womb to Tomb’.
It is in this scenario that initiative titled ‘Amcha Ghar’ started by Ms Sushila Singh and Mr Anthony Dias gains considerable importance. Home to 32 girls, Amcha Ghar has been working to empower these girls through education, vocational skills and self defence techniques. Twelve years of training in Amcha Ghar has made these girls strong enough to face the big bad world with confidence and courage.
On 26th of Oct’08, girls of Amcha Ghar were presented with an opportunity to exhibit their skills and talents before an august gathering of eminent people from various walks of life. Girls grabbed the opportunity with both the hands and delighted the gathered audience with their sterling performances. Around 150 distinguished persons of Mumbai city enjoyed the wonderful display of talent at Uttan village near Mumbai. Mr Vinoo Naik- Managing Director of Landscape Industries, who was also the chief guest of the function, praised the efforts of Amcha Ghar in nurturing the talent of destitute and orphaned girls. Mr Narender Mehta, Corporator of Meera Bhayandar, expressed his willingness to be a part of such functions in future too.
Local media encouraged the girls by covering the event. Talent show was a big success and enlightened privileged masses about the plight of underprivileged. Amcha Ghar managed to mobilize substantial resources which Smile would be matching under Action for Children programme to strengthen the project.