Laxmi, a mother of an infant, migrated to Hyderabad from Mahabubnagar of Telangana to work in a construction site. After her regular interaction with the volunteer at the Child Care & Learning Centre, she was convinced that she should undergo family planning operation after the birth of her second child. She is happy with her decision. Laxmi is an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
Pooja, a young widow with a single child, migrated from West Bengal to Hyderabad to eke out a livelihood by working in a construction site. She sends her 3-year child to the Child Care Learning Centre for migrant children. Whenever she gets time, she visits the Centre and learns to read and write. She is an inspiration to many. She is an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
Laxmi, mother of an infant, from Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh, exhibits gets delighted as she gets basic entitlements for her child at worksite which she had not expected while leaving the source area. She is now confident that the care she is able to get for the child makes her an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
I ,Kavita Bai belong to Mungeli district of Chhattisgarh. I have been a worker at Global Coral worksite for quite some time. But before all I am a mother. Now, I am thankful to the crèche at the worksite that lets me have my child along with me. I am an empowered #migrantwomanworker, says Kavita.
The unfamiliar place that Balkumari and her daughter Ritu now had to stay at, did not stop the latter from attending school. The family hailing from Mungeli is now empowered. Balkumari is a happy mother and an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
Jashodha Mani Raud, a 27-year old mother from Odisha, innocently says she enjoys taking part in the celebrations at the Child Care and Learning Centre at her worksite in Chennai. The euphoria she carries with her is not just an inspiration for the kids but for other parents as well. Jashodha is an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
I, Dulana Rout from Bolangir district, am involved in the biggest investment for my two daughters. Knowledge and education is the best investment and this they receive at the Child Care and Learning Centre and a regular school respectively. The facility for obtaining an education at her worksite brings me immense joy. EDUCATION for my children makes me an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
I, Sheela, a 21-year old mother from Ishangar, Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh feel maternity and motherhood can bring several complications to women both in terms of health & policy. Thanks to the Child Care & Learning Centre facilitator at the worksite, despite having to give birth in an unknown place I was ensured institutional delivery. I got maternity benefits from the Primary Health Center. Receiving HEALTH CARE makes me an empowered#migrantwomanworker.
I, Surjakanti Nag, a 38-year-old mother from Kurlumal, Kkaparkhol block, Balangir district, Odisha now work at a brick kiln worksite in Tiruvallur, district of Tamil Nadu. I receive EQUAL WAGES and this makes me an empowered #migrantwomanworker.
Sumati Bag, a 40-year-old mother from Kulihamunda, Khaprakhol block of Balangir district, Odisha says that providing access to education to their children is her responsibility.
She has been able to provide the same with the help of Aide et Action and now feels she is an empowered #migrantwomanworker
Shyamwati migrated with her youngest child. Currently, she lives at the Spring Valley worksite where she has been for a long time. The Child Care and Learning Centre at the worksite and her connect to the site made Shyamwati not go looking for other places to work. Her child who previously attended the CCLC, now after turning 6 goes to a regular school. Shyamwati is an empowered #migrantwomanworker
Savitri who lives at the Drishti worksite belongs to Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh. The safe, healthy and learning facilities her children get at the site due to the presence of the Child Care and Learning Centre, brings a great amount of relief. She is extremely thankful for the Nutritional support in the form of Take Home Ration from CCLC that her younger child gets.
Savitri is an empowered #migrantwomanworker
Have you ever faced difficulty in accessing basic early child care, education & health services to your children if you had migrated within India?
Have you ever faced difficulty in accessing government entitlements if you had migrated within India?
We at Aide et Action ask you to take a minute to think of what such problems internal migrants are facing in our cities of India.
According to census 2011, internal migrants in India constitute a large population of 400 million. The migrants, especially seasonal and circular, constitute a “floating” population, as they alternate between living at their source and destination locations, and in turn lose access to social protection benefits linked to the place of residence.
Internal Migrants are often ignored by the local host administration and the facility owners. These migrants, mostly working in brick kilns and construction sites, live in a pathetic condition devoid of basic services. Their children do not have access to Early Child Care and Education and basic health services and live in vulnerable and deplorable surroundings.
Women migrants, apart from discrimination, encountering difficulties peculiar to migrants, face gender-based violence; physical, sexual or psychological abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. In particular, women migrants’ economic contribution at the destination remains unacknowledged, despite the fact that they shoulder the double burden of livelihood (often engaged as unregistered, unpaid and therefore invisible workers) and household work, in the absence of traditional family-based support systems.
Over the years, our interventions focusing internal migrants, have been successful in bringing positive transformation among the local administration, facility owners and government functionaries. The children are now able to access early child care services within the facilities through the Child Care & Learning Centres run by us. These centres have also indirectly empowered the women, through the mothers and adolescent girls committees, to know their basic rights, health and hygiene and so on.
They now actively take part in the holistic development process of their children and also have become capable of standing for their rights and entitlements.
Through #migrantwomanworker campaign, you can help us reach out to more migrant women and girl children.
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