Establishment of capacity building and training exercises for women: they have improved the awareness of issues related to women’s land, sustainable farming and property rights, and have helped to build a sense of community among women – a challenge in a society where women have largely been isolated in their familial roles.
SRREOSHI has also pursued vigorous advocacy efforts, meeting and working with local government bodies to ensure their support in our activities; our support for group patta, which enable groups of women to obtain title to land have stronger success rates than individual titles. We also continue to advocate for the implementation of the Forest Act, which would entitle tribal women to receive land title from the government.
We have also worked with the federal government to merge work carried out with the NREGA Act, which offers women and men 100 days of work per year at a government-determined wage level. SRREOSHI has shown that NREGA can positively impact women's labor.
On an operational level, we work with both individual women and tribal families to obtain titles to vested land.
SRREOSHI has been instrumental in the formation of approximately 100 working groups, each consisting of 10-15 women. While SRREOSHI motivates and mobilizes women to secure their rights to land, the groups are largely self-functioning. Group members put pressure on the local administration and government by applying for government land in the name of women’s groups or individual women.
SRREOSHI has organized an annual series of ‘Lok Adalat’, which is a system of alternative dispute resolution in India and roughly translates as a “People’s Court”. The latest ‘Lok Adalat’ was held on 30 June, 2010 at Chatna, Bankura district to discuss various cases related to violence against women and women’s land rights. District Judge, Secretary of Lokadalat, as well as two lawyers and support staff were present. Local police also extended their support. A total of 200 group members and leaders were present there and a total of 10 cases were discussed and filed.
Three tribal groups of Gopalpur village in Bankura district: thirty individuals in these groups have received government vested land from the local land department for cultivation. Group members also planted a total of 50K plants
If so, how?
Lobbying state & national government to incorporate issue of ‘group patta’ within land policy