Women Empowerment

The EMpowerment of Women from the Excluded Communities in Bihar:

A Documentation of Nari Gunjan

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Musahar family with mom

Musahar family

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Musahar boy2

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Musahar family with mom

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Book - The Empowerment of Women from the

The Empowerment of Women from the Excluded Communities in Bihar: 

A Documentation of the Nari Gunjan Model (UNICEF, 2006)

The Musahars, who are indigenous to the northern states of India, mainly Bihar, are one of the most educationally deprived social groups among the Scheduled Castes (SC). The literacy levels of the Musahars, particularly women, are dismal, as literacy rates on record show figures of around 1.3 percent. This report is a case study on the Nari Gunjan (NG) program, which has been working for the empowerment of girls and women from the Musahar community through elementary education and vocational training in Patna, Bihar.

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LITERACY RATE OF MUSAHAR WOMEN (1991)

LITERACY

1.3%

Literacy Rate of Musahar Women (1991) -

ILLITERACY

98.7%

".....the deplorable situation of their education are clearly rooted in the interrelated effects of caste, gender, a predominantly rural population, and poverty in Bihar."

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Nari Gunjan is an NGO working for social, political, economic, and physical empowerment of Scheduled Caste

girls and women.

           PROGRAMS        ................................................

  • Elementary education

  • Vocational training

  • Life skills

  • Residential hostel

  • Self-help groups

TARGET POPULATION

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Females between the

ages of 8 and 20 years.

              STRATEGIES               ....................................................

  • Holistic Approach

  • Quality Education

  • Need-Based Education

  • Rapport and Trust Building with Communities

  • Integration of Various Stakeholders

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FGI with girls 2

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Two girls under dupatta

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FGI with girls 2

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The strategies of Nari Gunjan that cater to the specific needs of the community it serves and the way in which it sustains its programs through active participation and partnerships with the girls, their families, local bodies and community members, and international organizations are exemplary features of any program that seeks success in working in these areas.

Nari Gunjan - Student In-Dpeth Interview