Saheli February Newsletter

"We all fight over what the label 'feminism' means but for me it's about empowerment. It's not about being more powerful than men - it's about having equal rights with protection, support, justice. It's about very basic things. It's not a badge like a fashion item"                            - Annie Lennox

Be it a metro city like New Delhi or a small town like like Dehradun, women in India, to a greater extent, are suppressed, oppressed and beaten up.Their lives, their dreams, their aspirations mean little to the family and women suffer physical, mental and emotional abuse, more often then not, silently.


Saheli is a small effort to make a difference in the lives of women
Registered in April 2013, Saheli is a registered non-profit organisation, working with the aim of empowering women and providing a safe childhood to children.


It is with great pleasure  we announce the launch of the second branch of our Saheli Self Help Group in Bhramapuri Basti, Lane Number 1, Turner Road. Bhramapuri Basti is a cluster of lower socio economic class houses, built on bank of a seasonal river. Headed by 36 year old Babli Devi, the branch presently has 6 enthusiastic members. We'll keep uptodate with the progress of the branch. 
Felicitation for work on women empowerment

At a function organised by "Tarun Sammelan" at MKP college, Dehradun. Shruti Kaushik along with two other girls, Tashi and Nungshi Malik were felicitated as the role models for girls. More than 1000 school children from 10 different school attended the programme.
Chief guest Harish Rautela appreciated the efforts taken by the "Saheli Trust" for the empowerment of the women and praised Shruti Kaushik and said young girls should take her as their role model.
Help us build a Women's Shelter for destitute women

Even though India has been independent for the last six decades, women in India are yet to gain independence. There is extensive discrimination against women, right from the womb to the tomb. Female fetuses are aborted, girl receive less food, less education and less attention from their parents and are often married at an early age. Even after marriage, their woes continue and a significant percentage of girls are not allowed to work and suffer in silence physical, mental and emotional trauma. 

This suppression of women cuts across socio-economic lines, though it is more extensive and more brutal in rural families, more so in those of lower and lower middle socio-economic class. Lack of education, lack of earning ability, lack of social support network, lack of family support are some of the reasons why women are forced to bear violence silently. 

Women who are victims of domestic violence need immediate help in form of security, shelter, food, clothing and emotional support and in the long run need rehabilitation in society by way of being able to earn their own living. 

The project - Goal of the project is to provide immediate succor to women in distress and to assist them in long term rehabilitation by appropriate training to make them capable of earning their own livelihood. 
Computer education to Saheli members

We use the opportunity of interacting with the ladies to make them economically empowered, but also give them an hour of english, computer education and making aware about their legal rights.   

Computer education classes conducted twice a week at Saheli. 

Getting women acquainted with today's technology!
 "Saheli Self help group" products for sale
Online Shopping Site of Saheli

Beautiful cards, hand bags, Shagun envelopes, ear rings made by the women of Saheli's  "Self help group" are available for purchase on the organisation's online shopping site or if you are in Doon, you can visit our office in Chandrabani and appreciate the hard work doe by these women.
Read what a Saheli Self Help Group member has to say...

27 year old Kavita hails from a conservative village near Bagpat, UP. She along with her husband and two children moved to Dehradun for their children's education. She joined Saheli Self Help Group  7 months ago and today is the group leader. Her enthusiasm, her dependability and her grasping power amazes everyone. 
"I always dreamt of learning new and new things, acquiring new skills and meeting new people. Since I joined Saheli, i'v picked up so many new things. What i love most are the English and computer classes, and the best part is that they are free. I earn a decent amount of money every month making handicraft items and if I had no one to care for at home, I could spend the entire day making beautiful things."

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Awareness Programme

What could be a better way to create a sentience in the society regarding the issues of domestic violence?
Inculcating the ideology of "The right to fight against domestic violence" in the young minds."
Awareness programme was conducted by the Saheli group at Government School, Majra. 

It gives me great pleasure in presenting to you the first issue of our magazine. Saheli is what I always dreamed of, a chance for all of us to work for empowering the downtrodden, trampled upon, beaten, molested women. It is a cause not many take up as it lacks the glitter, it is hard unrelenting, and at times unrewarding, work.  Born on 18th April 2013, Saheli has already touched many lives. Just last week we opened the second center of Saheli Self Help Group, in Bhramapuri Basti on Turner Road, Dehra Dun, where 6 women have taken the first step in their being financially independent by beginning to acquire skills of handicraft. Our first Self Help Center has been working from August 2013 and currently has 10 members. We also have been working with 6 women who are victims of domestic violence and have tried to give them legal and emotional succor. Our sensitization efforts, aimed at sensitizing young girls about gender issues and their rights, have been progressing smoothly, with one session being held per month in different schools and colleges. Our dreams are many but means limited. With help of a few goodhearted souls, like yourself, God willing, we will soon be opening a Women's Shelter for distressed women. It will be a small pilot project, with probably a capacity for 10 women, but as they say, the first step is the most difficult and well begun is half done. We also hope to bring about a few changes in our Self Help Group, the most important of which would be giving the members a fixed salary, rather than just a percentage of sales. We are in the process of finding sponsors for the same. Thanking all of you once again from the bottom of my heart for your unstinting and unquestioning support.

Shruti Kaushik
Secretary Saheli

Shruti is someone whom I have known since a very long time now. As a young girl as well, she has always been aspiring to do something for the underprivileged women of our society. It is her undying spirit and dedication that has transformed Saheli from being a dream to a real-life NGO.
I have witnessed Shruti’s perpetual endurance in establishing this organization and making Saheli easily approachable for the women who gravely need its support. Today, as I watch her moving her steps towards Saheli's success, a great feeling of pride seeps into me.

Some days back, Shruti approached me to publish a newsletter on Saheli. I took this as an opportunity to do my bit towards helping Saheli and I want to express my gratitude towards her for giving me this chance. I hope you like it.

Mukul Rawat
Editor Saheli Newsletter
Yartra Narya stu pujyante ramante tatra devataha (Wherever Women is respected, God resides there)
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