CBPS GrOW Films:
Visual material has been a critical element to this project, and we have collated a few of these into short videos and films. They are:
We have made a series of Stories of Mahila Samakhya called ‘Conversation Among Equals’ – both in English and Hindi.
Federation – The Mahila Samakhya (MS) Federation is a nodal point for all MS sanghas (collective action groups) participating at the block level under the MS programme. The federation was conceptualised as an institution that would function as a support system for the sanghas and when it is mature, act independently from Mahila Samakhya’s official structure on women empowerment issues.
Enabling Political Participation – One of the critical activities of Mahila Samakhya (MS) was to ensure that women function as fully engaged citizens so that they not only participate but are also part of the local self government and Panchayati Raj institutions.
Nari Adalat -Nari Adalat or “women’s courts” is one of the many women-centric institutions that has become independent of the Mahila Samakhya (MS) administration. The MS federations have taken over the responsibility of keeping this institution alive where women seek redressal for disputes, acts of violence or any other issues concerning their daily lives.
Rabita Devi, Adhora Village, Kaimur, Bihar – Rabita Devi is from a remote village in Adhora, in the district of Kaimur, Bihar, where it is hard to get any state amenities or entitlements. This is the story of Rabita and her journey with MS. Her story is of continued hardship and constant negotiations with the structural inequalities of our society.
Savitri, Rajwada Village Muzzaffarpur, Bihar – Savitri has been a Mahila Samakhya (MS) worker from the very beginning of the programme in Muzzaffarpur. She studied at the Jagagi Centre (centres for adult education) to be well-versed in masonry and became the first Mahila Mistiri (woman mason), challenging several gender- and caste-based taboos. She went on to be a trainer in MS in Masonry to many women group members. This is her journey with MS.
Sulochana Devi, Dighri Village, Katihar, Bihar – Sulochana Devi worked as a sahiyogini with Mahila Samakhya (MS) and worked on issues regarding health. She was instrumental in bringing about changes in health and well-being of the MS members in her villages. This is the story of Sulochana Devi and her journey with MS.
Julie Kumari, Sahyogini, Mahila Samakhya, Katihar, Bihar – Julie Kumari joined Mahila Samakhya (MS) as a Sahyogini. She was a cluster facilitatator for 10 villages. At the end of four years there, she formed 11 women’s groups in 12 villages. This is her story of her and her family of their journey with MS.
Nusrat Jahan, Resource Person, Mahila Samakhya (MS), Muzzafarpur, Bihar – Nusrat Jahan worked as a resource person at MS in Muzzafarpur, Bihar. The first in her family to hold a job that entailed travel to the most remote areas to reach the most marginalised sections of women in Muzzafarpur, this is the story of Nusrat’s journey with MS.
Gundenahalli – Gundenahalli is a village located in the Byadgi Taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka. Mahila Samakhya created two sanghas in the Lambani community who live in Gundenahalli. When MS first approached the community, they were wary and resistant. Over time, the relationship between the community and MS has evolved, benefiting both MS and the community. This movie documents this journey.
Hiremankatti – Hiremankatti is a village located in Shiggaon Taluk, Haveri District, Karnataka. For many years, Irrupamma played an active role in the creation and functioning of informal savings groups. With the help of Mahila Samakhya, these women were able to create linkages to government programmes and schemes. This movie documents the way women are able to create new pathways of empowerment, with their previous experience, Irrupama’s guidance, and the constant support of Mahila Samakhya.