Community Correspondents

Shabnam Begum

Shabnam Begum

Shabanam Begum- Cholapur Village, Varanasi District, UP Born on 7 March 1989 to a Muslim family in the Varanasi, Shabanam was always socially excluded. She comes from a background where gender discrimination is at its peak. She actively partakes in various trainings at Sahbhagai Shikshan Kendra and helps to conduct them as well. Shabanam works with the NGO KishoriGPS spreading awareness on gender equality and women rights. She mobilizes the community and outcasted women by spreading awareness and inspiring them to attend various workshops. These workshops are organized by the NGO Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, which organizes various workshops on various issues and training on self reliant jobs mobilizing the backward communities. Shabanam was inspired when she attended one of the workshops at SSK Varanasi, and she joined with the organization so that more people can benefit from the endeavor. She is a good communicator and easily adapts to the situation. She experienced discrimination for being a Muslim in her region from an early age ,which she tells has reduced in recent years. But the gender bias still continuous to erode women of their basic rights. She tells that it is a very common practice in her community and she has been trying to make women aware of their rights, but the malpractice continuous to prosper in the veil of customs and religion. Shabanam’s prime motive behind the community correspondent training was to empower herself so that she can display the issues she encounters in her community and influence women to take charge of their lives and their rights to a free life. She hopes to bring an impact in her society if not eradicate the issue completely, that may at-least push the society towards the right path .

Videos from Shabnam

Bend it Like Poonam: Adolescent Girls Challenge Patriarchy on the Football...

 
/ April 3, 2017

Mahila Swarojgar Samiti is helping teenage girls in Varanasi shape their identity and be more confident about their sexuality through football.

Impact

Every home get toilet in Jagdishpur

 
/ February 10, 2017

80% of the households of Jagdishpur village of Uttar Pradesh did not have access to toilets.  Villagers had to defecate in open fields. Especially women...

Act like a Man, Act like a Woman – Roles defined...

 
/ January 24, 2017

Twenty-six-year-old Parvez casually slaps his wife Shabana, 23, on her head while saying, “A woman is a woman and a man is a man. The...

Act like a Man, Act like a Woman – Roles defined...

 
/ January 24, 2017

Twenty-six-year-old Parvez casually slaps his wife Shabana, 23, on her head while saying, “A woman is a woman and a man is a man. The...

Varanasi village suffers due to fake elections promises

 
/ August 31, 2016

  “Just before the elections, the pradhan (village head) had promised us that when he wins, he will give us water, toilets and other basic...

A Reality Check for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

 
/ March 17, 2015

17th March | Sundarpur Village, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh | Shabnam Begum 400 people from the slums in Sundarpur village are forced to defecate in...

On the World Social Justice Day, help build a better tomorrow

 
/ February 20, 2015

February 20; Sunderpur, Varanasi On the World Social Justice Day, in line with the theme of ending poverty, human trafficking and forced labour Community Correspondent...