News & Events
November 26-December 10, 2011:
Shaheen's 15 day Activism: Violence against Girls: Bass! Ab Aur Nahin - Report for Action-aid.
April 26- June 05, 2010:
Good Health & Good Food, and other topics
August 27, 2010:
Health of young girls
May 28, 2011:
Training Program on Rights of Women and Young Girls
March 26, 2011:
Food and Nutrition for a Healthy body
The year 2012-13 has been extremely encouraging for the volunteers and staff of Shaheen due to the extensive visibility of their interventions in the select 20 slum communities of Old city area. Community mobilization, being its strength and strategy , has been instrumental in gaining momentum in their work. Through their community awareness and sensitization programs in the basties with both men and women, participation has been further enriched. Women in distress are coming out of their cocoons and expressing their issues and concerns without having any apprehensions. This has resulted in expansion of other related activities in the operational areas.
Download the annual report of 2012-13 here
Who We Support
Most often it is young unmarried women who benefit most from Shaheen's programs and facilities. A large number of school dropouts visit our centres and that represents almost 90 percent of the young women that we serve. This fact makes it especially important that Shaheen continues work in local schools with teachers and administrators alike to reach young girls as well as the boys on the importance of education to their future as individuals, as part of their communities, and as citizens of India. Although Shaheen attempts to reach out to children as early as 8 years of age, the maximum number of children are in the age group 10-14 years – approximately 300 children are regularly in contact with Shaheen.
Girls and women participated in meetings that addressed issues of domestic violence. These meetings led to an increased awareness of the different facets of domestic violence. More importantly, an interactive community dialogue is being established and is gaining strength in many areas, spreading across the boundaries of the Old City and involving, equally, men.
Each month, Shaheen directly serves 150 beneficiaries and upto 5,000 indirect beneficiaries. Many women come to Shaheen to benefit from the legal counseling and medical resources. The objective behind these activities is to ensure gender equality and justice.
As awareness about Shaheen and its activities is increasing and many people are seeking Shaheen’s assistance and are approaching for help. There has been an increase in legal cases, as many women approach on their own to complain and to work with Shaheen. The awareness campaign has been able to reach out to women everywhere. And in order to sensitise more men, we have attempted to draw the attention of more male volunteers, who can further campaigns among men in the Old City. The total number of legal cases received for the year 2010- 2011 is 120.
The primary forte of Shaheen's work is that of gender sensitization. Shaheen strives for gender justice and its many layered interventions are geared towards achieving just that - a more pluralistic, integrated society.
Shaheen has created communication channels within communities that is holistic and participatory. Community meetings, workshops, vocational skills training, education camps, health camps are activities that come to mind at the instant; the activities are means by which integration, participation, awareness generation
Shaheen’s work has evolved since the time it was established in the year 2002. Earlier, Shaheen’s field workers would go door to door, informing about facilities and services on offer at the centre. The women who could step by whichever means possible stepped in, to learn of a knowledge that they could carry back to their homes. The scope of activities has now widened ambit in that meetings are held in neighbourhoods and topics weaned into the discussions.
The gender sensitization activities have also become more inclusive in that the men and the young boys of the community are now stepping into neighbourhoods and talking to men of the community. The men of the community are hard to reach and they are impregnable, unresponsive. But, Shaheen has wedged into closed areas and is spreading wing.
Shaheen’s community dialogue has become more inclusive, integrated and evolved. The evolution continues as Shaheen discovers newer areas of communication and transformation.
- On April 08, 2011, Shaheen organised a group of 100 odd boys and girls in front of the Charminar, Hyderabad to give voice against corruption.
- On April 13, 2011, during the event of Ambedkar Jayanti, field workers of Shaheen –Jayanti, Kavita, Archana, and Sultana - spoke to the women in the slums, notably that of Dalit Basti, about constitutional rights, equality and justice, specifically to those marginalised.
- On April 16, 2011, at a meeting focussing on the importance of self reliance for women, Jameela Nishat and Sultana of Shaheen were the resource persons. 200 women attended this meeting which was conducted at Hassan Nagar area of the Old City.
- On May 02, 2011, Dr Humera Sikandar, a paediatrician spoke about the importance of nutrition, physical fitness and overall good health for girls and women. The event did not stop here, as women inspired by the talk wrote down a seven minute skit, which was later performed in front of a much larger audience at HariHara Kala Bhavan, Secunderabad upon invitation by other groups.
- On May 27, 2011 Nivedita Mallik and Supriya Yadav from the Lawyers’ Collective of New Delhi visited Shaheen. The topic of discussion was domestic violence and they spoke specifically on emotional abuse and how such an aspect of violence can be evidenced in a court of law.
- On June 09, 2011, Jasveen and Umesh from the Joint Action for Water spoke on how essential clean water is for health.
- As a continuing add on to the aforementioned discussions and dialogue, Shaheen spoke to 200 girls at the Mozamjahi Government Girls’ High School on June 16, 2011 on the essentials of self-reliance, healthy diet and legal awareness, the existing laws and how to use to them.