Self Help group: Empowered or Enslaved?

Women from a self help group in Jagjir Champa, Chhattisgarh have not been paid for stitching work done over past 7 months. 19 women from Jairamnagar gathered together and started stitching uniforms for government schools to tackle unemployment. Even though they continue to work tirelessly, this work contributes nothing towards their livelihood as they have not been paid at all. ‘On one hand, the government promises livelihood to unemployed women and gives them work. On the other hand, they themselves are not paying the dues.’

These women can only do enough work to earn 150 INR a day by sewing clothes at an average 17 INR per piece. So much hard work for such a small sum is unfair in itself and on top of that, not being paid in 7 months, feels a lot like torture. But they are determined to keep fighting – for work, for their money, for their rights and for their lives. And so is our correspondent Vrinda, who is now leading the campaign on the ground to get these women their dues. We can join Vrinda’s cause by answering to her call for change.

Community correspondent Vrinda Azaad appeals all the viewers of IndiaUnheard to please call the officer at the Block Resource Center, Mr. B R Sahu on +91-9977939500 and pressurize him to clear the payments at the soonest. Support Vrinda in enabling these women to improve their economic conditions with dignity.

 

Vrinda Azaad reports from Chhattisgarh for IndiaUnheard
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