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    Child Marriage Free India Campaign

    Child marriage is not just an age-old social evil, but also a heinous crime that robs children of their childhood.  Child marriage is a “crime against children” that violates basic human rights, minor girls are forced to marry and live a life of mental trauma, physical and biological stress, domestic violence including limited access to education and increased vulnerability to domestic violence. The consequences of child marriage are severe and extensive. Some of the specific consequences include: early pregnancies leading to complications and higher rate of maternal mortality and death of infants, malnutrition among both the infant and the mother, increased vulnerability to reproductive health, disruption in girl’s education and thereby reduction in opportunities of her personal and professional development, domestic violence and abuse, limited decision making powers in the household, and mental health issues.

    India’s Census 2011 revealed 12 million children were married before attaining the legal age, of which 5.2 million were girls. Globally, child marriage is identified as a crime and a menace that needs to be eliminated. It finds space in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, under target 5.3 of Goal 5 that states elimination of all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation by 2025.

    The latest National Family Health Survey (2019-21) shows that although there is a drop in the overall rate of child marriages, from 26.8% in the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 4) to 23.3% in NFHS-5, it is still high despite laws, programmes and schemes in place to address the issue.

    Understanding the seriousness of the issue, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in W.P. Civil 382 of 2013 pronounced that the sexual intercourse committed by the husband upon his wife being under the age of 18 years with or without her consent can be constituted as rape. To address this, the most definitive and audacious commitment to end child marriage was made with the launch of Child Marriage Free India campaign.

    Child Marriage Free India (CMFI) is a nationwide campaign led by women leaders and a coalition of more than 160 NGOs spanning more than 300 districts working to eliminate child marriage in India. CMFI is working to attain the tipping point of child marriage, after which the society does not accept this evil practice and that will happen when the prevalence of child marriage is brought down to 5.5% by 2030, from the current national prevalence rate of 23.3%. This is being done by initially targeting 257 high-prevalence districts and gradually focusing on all the districts of the country.

    Child marriage results in child rape, resulting in child pregnancy, and in a large number of cases, may lead to child deaths. For decades, we have been losing generations of our children to child marriage. The Child Marriage Free India campaign has received extended support from various Departments and Institutions of over 28 States. So far, across India more than 5 crore people have taken the pledge to end child marriage over the last one year through the efforts of the Child Marriage Free India Campaign.

    Know more about the Child Marriage Free India (CMFI) Campaign:

    Tipping Point to end child marriage

    Noted child rights activist, author, Supreme Court lawyer and founder of CMFI campaign, Bhuwan Ribhu has authored a book – ‘When Children Have Children: Tipping Point to End Child Marriage’ and put forth a framework advocating a sustainable, holistic and focused strategy with time-bound targets and measurable indicators to make India child marriage free by 2030. This book shows the path to eliminating child marriage in India within the next decade. As suggested by the author in the book, by adopting a systematic, highly focused, and intensive intervention model, over a phased timeline it is possible to reduce the national child marriage prevalence levels to 5.5% —the threshold, the tipping point, beyond which the prevalence is anticipated to diminish organically with reduced reliance on targeted interventions.

    Tipping Point Methodology

    The aim of reduction of 60% of child marriage (in each of the phases) is assumed to bring down the incidence of child marriage to 5.5% in the next 9 nine years from 2021, from the last available estimates i.e., NFHS-5, till 2030. An additional assumption is that such a focused and elaborate intervention against child marriage would have a ripple effect. The tipping point analysis has been divided into two phases. The first phase will extend over a period of six years, starting in 2021. Subsequently, the second phase will span over a three-year period. It is expected that the national average for child marriage prevalence (percentage women aged 20-24 who were married before 18 years) would decline from 23.3% to 13.7% if the prevalence of child marriage is reduced by 60% in the 257 high-prevalence districts in the first phase followed by a further reduction of 60% in all districts across the country.

    In order to reach the Tipping Point, the author has proposed a strategy at national and district level.
    1. National Level strategy where Governments, Institutions, statutory bodies, etc. work towards prevention, protection, increased investment, improved prosecution, convergence and use of technology for monitoring
    2. District Level strategy is similar to national level strategy but includes district administration, Panchayats, civil society, NGOs, other functionaries, parents and children who work collectively to prevent, report, and take action against child marriage

    PICKET Strategy to End Child Marriage

    Addressing the issue of child marriage, requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach of different government departments, institutions, statutory bodies, and civil society organisations.

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    JGVT is supported by CREA- a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi. It is one of the few international women’s rights organizations that work at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with its partner organizations, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders.

    In 2018-19, JGVT is supported by CREA for its “Change Perspective” program. Under which activities like (i) 16-day global campaign of activism and advocacy to end gender-based violence with women and girls (ii) Football and Kabaddi Sports competition for women and girls and (iii) District Level Seminar to end discrimination in gender-based women and girls undertaken successfully with larger community participation and support. The details are as follows:

    Meetings were organized by JGVT at Mahuda More in Dhanbad district in which it was decided to make football and Kabaddi games a success. It was decided to select the football team and the Kabaddi team. In the meeting, members and staff of JGVT, social activists, NGO personnel and community representatives were mainly present. On 26.11.2018 a meeting with press representatives was held to make the 16-day global campaign successful. In the meeting, Sushma Devi and Mamta Rawani elaborated on the 16-day campaign. The questions of media personnel were answered in turn by the Trust. Women’s football and Kabaddi Sports Competitions were also organized at Mahuda More. 06 teams participated in football and 02 teams in Kabaddi competitions. All players were registered before the game started. Sushma Devi, Trustee of JGVT threw light on the objectives of the game to end gender based violence which is the aim of all of us. A 20 minutes game was also played.

    Addressing the closing ceremony of the game, Minakshi Rani Gudiya, head of Baghmara block said that women are now working in every field today, so the gender-based discrimination has to be eliminated from the society. We cannot establish an egalitarian society without ending gender discrimination. We have to start with our family only to end discrimination. Because of the efforts put by the JGVT, a lot of awareness has come in the women of our region. Mr. Dhananjay Prasad, Member of CWC, Dhanbad gave information on child marriage, gender-based crime, etc. At last, all players who participated in Football and a were rewarded by JGVT. A district-level Seminar was organized on 10.12.2018 at Pathargadia to end gender discrimination in society. A total of 200 participants comprising Anganwadi Workers, Sahia, Panchayat Representatives, Press Representative, SHGs, Kishori Groups, etc. participated in the Seminar. The participants were told to play their role to eliminate gender-based discrimination from society. Mr. Dhananjay Prasad Mahto, member of CWC, Dhanbad gave information to participants about gender-based discrimination, the introduction of the law and its objectives, etc. It was further said that if there is any matter related to violence, inform directly to phone number 100 at the police station for whatever the matter related to gender violence. Minakshi Rani Gudiya said that today women are second to none to males in any field but we can only imagine a civilized society by ending violence and ending gender discrimination. Sushma Devi of JGVT informed about gender-based discrimination, legal provisions of violence against women at the workplace. Kishori Group gave a message to end gender-based discrimination through cultural programs played by women and girls. The Seminar ended with the song “We Will Be Successful”. Due to the initiatives put by JGVT with the support of CREA, there has been a lot of change in the area and women have now become aware of their rights and there has been a decrease in female violence in the project area as well.

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    From its past experiences, JGVT has realized that merely imparting literacy would not be sufficient for the true progress of society. In the poverty-stricken and backward districts of Jharkhand, women and girls are mostly involved in household activities and play a very limited role in livelihood activities. They are always burdened with different household activities and lack the rights to possess assets and participation in the decision-making process in comparison to males. They are not empowered and do not get value in the family and society as they should be because of their inability to earn. However, they have the right potential to become an earning member of the family. In order to make these female and male youth stand on their own feet and making them capable enough to help their family economically, our vocational training initiative continued in 2018-19 too through community contributions and donations. The training was organized in phases with the involvement of experienced vocational trainers in the area. Thus, these skill training initiatives of JGVT has promoted a good platform for the poor men and women to learn income generation skills for their socio-economic empowerment. The local community of the area provided their full contribution to the program. As a positive side, 70% of the beneficiaries are now earning well from the skills that they have learned.

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    Domestic violence is one of the most pervasive of human rights violations, denying women equality, security, dignity, self-worth and their right to enjoy fundamental freedoms. In Jharkhand too, amongst the different types of gender-based violence, domestic violence is the most commonly prevalent form of violence. On account of a wide range of factors like typical patriarchal mind set up, gender-biased socialization, lack of awareness about legal rights, lack of community support mechanisms, privacy and stigma attached to domestic violence and therefore women facing domestic violence continue to suffer in silence. In 2018-19, JGVT sensitized people (Approx. 1500 people) by organizing block-level seminars, panchayat level meetings, wall paintings and rally in Dhanbad district in Jharkhand that helped them to know domestic violence is not acceptable, if committed it should be challenged by the survivor-woman and the community should support herand also about progressive legislation like Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act; which provides for effective remedies and support services for women suffering from violence to ensure that they may live a violence-free life with complete dignity and empowerment. In the meantime, 22 women were also provided legal support by JGVT and ASHMITA Network. These activities helped JGVT to move towards a violence-free society with good community participation and support.

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    The total world population comprises of 50% women. As far as the social status of thanks is concerned it has been seen that in the Indian context in most states women are not treated as equal to men in most places. This gender discrimination is very deep- rooted and it adversely affects the morale of the women population in the country as a whole. The need of the hour is to address this issue with full sincerity and ensure that women are provided with the necessary rights which could enable them to take up the decision-making role and thereby play a significant part in the society they reside in. Empowering may be understood as enabling people, especially women to acquire and possess power resources, in order to make a decision on their own or resist decisions that are made by others that affect them. One has to believe that the progress of any nation is inevitably linked with the social and economic plight of women in that particular country. For concrete results, we have to assert and act with our full might and what is needed most. Empowerment by way of participation in SHG can bring enviable changes and enhancement in the living conditions of women in poor and developing nations. Self Help Group (SHG) is a process by which a group of 10-20 women with common objectives is facilitated to come together voluntarily to participate in the development activities such as saving, credit and income generation thereby ensuring economic independence. JGVT is trying to improve the socio-economic development of the poor women in the villages of Dhanbad district through the formation of Self-Help Groups. Till 31.03.2019, 121 SHGs have been formed and strengthened by JGVT in different villages of Baghmara block in Dhanbad district covering poor women of the SC, ST, Dalits, OBC, and Minorities. The SHG office bearers and members of these groups regularly received training by JGVT for better functioning and sustenance of the formed groups.

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    Every child has the right to survive, grow, develop and participate. In order to exercise those rights, vulnerable children should receive supportive care in safe, family-like and community-based environments free from violence, abuse, and exploitation. JGVT isworking in this direction with commitment to ensure that children in Jharkhand would be able to realize their all rights and that the child’s rights practitioners, development workers, social workers, youth workers, legal professionals, law enforcement and policymakers in the state have the knowledge and skills that they need to promote and protect child rights in a successful manner. In 2018-19, programs like block-level seminar, block-level rally, school level seminar, talk show, and Bal-Sansad were successfully organized by JGVT in Dhanbad district in Jharkhand. An NGO network has also been formed to raise voice for strict implementation of child rights and protection programs. Through these activities- issues of child rights, child development, and participation & protection were covered at length. Experienced resource persons and eminent personalities of the district also participated and shared their views on these issues.