Wednesday, June 15, 2011

If you are reading this page, you are probably interested in starting a new chapter of EMPOWER PEOPLE in your area. We appreciate and welcome your interest in EMPOWER PEOPLE and would like to make it easy for you to be able to start a new chapter. Before this, request you to kindly refer to the all the pages in About Us section of our site. This will give you a complete understanding and activities of EMPOWER PEOPLE. Also, please make sure you are in contact with one of the core members of EMPOWER PEOPLE so that you can get more clarity on our works. Details are mentioned in the EMPOWER PEOPLE Team section.

There are certain minimum requirements that a new chapter needs to satisfy before it can be designated as an EMPOWER PEOPLE chapter: The most up to date requirements are available on the EMPOWER PEOPLE website.
Be sure to identify the goals of the group and then think about activities that will help achieve those goals. One of the main activities of EMPOWER PEOPLE has been an Organizational Development workshop (ODW). We have been doing this from the beginning to help mostly underprivileged children in schools and colleges in various parts of India. We shall share some tips on how to conduct a similar ODW in your chapter.


What is EMPOWER PEOPLE?
EMPOWER PEOPLE is perceived of as pioneer institution in protecting women victims of violence and mitigating post-violence trauma.  A grass roots organization, its history is seeped in youth activism.
The main focus of the organization is to work for disadvantaged women regardless of caste, class or religion who are victims or who fear being of violence including domestic violence and Trafficking or other type of slavery, and provide them shelter, proper counseling legal support and any other required.
The Objective of the Organization kicked off in the form of Movement in early 1999 when Shafique visited some villages as a Naxal activist where he saw hunger, horror and lack of willingness of officials and civil society. He found that Party is also not worry to tackle this; he decided to tackle all the menace.  At the initial stage the organization Career Development Centre, started imparting education and played key role in spreading education as awareness program among youths. The aim to provide education and food to the poor and marginalized children resulted fruitful.

EMPOWER PEOPLE CHAPTERS
EMPOWER PEOPLE Chapters advance the mission and objectives by promoting volunteerism and welfare work at local level. Participating in welfare programs is a key benefit of your membership and is supported at the chapter level through activities, meetings, and events. We encourage our members to initiate chapters in theirareas to enable networking with fellow members from different walks of life, ina local, face-to-face setting. EMPOWER PEOPLE members are the key drivers of our success –and our chapters are the key vehicle for supporting and engaging our members.

GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING LOCAL CHAPTERS:
01.  Any ten or more Members of the Assocation residing in adistinct geographic area may request permission from the EMPOWER PEOPLE Executive Councilto associate themselves into a Local Chapter of EMPOWER PEOPLE.  There shall not be more than two Chapters inany one large metropolitan city.
02.  The purpose of the chapter shall be to identify and implement strategies to empower the individuals of our society.  The chapter shall adopt and implement the stated mission of EMPOWER PEOPLE.
03.  It is mandatory that all members of local chapters become members of EMPOWER PEOPLE. The Chapter shall have an executive body comprising of at least a Chapter Head and a Secretary.
04.  The chapters in a “region” should establish a mechanism by which they elect amongst themselves a Head of the region in consultation with EMPOWER PEOPLE Executive Council. Two members of Local Chapter shall be the part of Core Group of EMPOWER PEOPLE. The election of this representative should be before or coinciding with the general election of EMPOWER PEOPLE.

05.  The Chapters shall manage their own affairs, including finances, completely independent of EMPOWER PEOPLE in a manner chosen by its Executive Body.

06.  The Chapters shall make all efforts to facilitate the achievements of the purposes and goals of the Association, particularly the recruitment of new members of EMPOWER PEOPLE.
07.  The Chapters shall not carry out or knowingly support any activity that may be, or is likely to be, anti-social, anti nation or detrimental to the interests of EMPOWER PEOPLE
08.  All membership dues are to be paid to EMPOWER PEOPLE Headquarter directly. Fifty  percent of the dues collected from a first time member of a local chapter will be returned to the local chapter account. Disbursement of these funds to the local chapter should be approved by the President.  In addition, the Chapter may have its own dues.
09.  The Chapter could open a local bank account. Any donation of chapter members should be deposited with the EMPOWER PEOPLE master account and disbursed by EMPOWER PEOPLE.
10.  The Chapter shall report its financial statements and activities to EMPOWER PEOPLE Headquarters on a quarterly basis.
11.  The name of the chapter can adopt by local team but place and a sentence “CBO of EMPOWER PEOPLE” shall mentioned bottom of the specific name. like Sajrephool Punjab CBO of EMPOWER PEOPLE or wama-vahini Mewat CBO of EMPOWER PEOPLE.
You can also use EMPOWER PEOPLE like this ‘EMPOWER PEOPLE -xxx’ ,where xxx represents the name of the place where the chapter is located.
12.  The chapter may lose its status as a EMPOWER PEOPLE chapter at the discretion of the main EMPOWER PEOPLE chapter. However, the reason for such an action shall be clearly stated and justified.
13.  Membership to the chapter shall be open to every Indian, without any discrimination,
14.  An annual status report containing the activities and financial status of the chapter shall be prepared by all chapters, including the main chapter, and made available to all other chapters. The recommended deadline for this report is May 1 of each year.
Form an Ad Hoc Committee
Form an ad hoc committee of local people or your friends interested in managing, developing, and improving the development process of India and to work against violence.
The purpose of this ad hoc committee is to:
Communicate with EMPOWER PEOPLE’s National Team and help
Determine the geographical area to be served.
Organize, announce, publicize and conduct an organizational meeting(s) for chapter formation. 
Announcement suggestions:
Distribute flyers within companies or organizations of area
Publish notice of organizational meetings on related Blogs.
Do a basic research (need assessment) in covering area of your committee.
Share your report with journalist and key individuals in companies or government organizations.
Create an active network with professional contacts of the Ad Hoc Committee members.
Share your reports with other organizations and clubs.

Setup a Local Chapter

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Many girls get ‘lost’ while grazing cattle in the border region
Rinku Mondal dropped out of school when she was 10, to rolls bidis with her mother. She was trying to help augment her family’s meager income, but after four years of living hand-to-mouth, she decided to leave her village along the Indo-Bangla border, to look for work in Mumbai.

Swapna Majumdar/WFS

“I told her not to go and that we would manage with the money that we were earning,” says Rinku’s mother, Rekha. “I warned her that Mumbai was not a good place and bad things happened to girls there. But she didn’t listen to me.”

A few months later, Rinku returned home with sindoor in her hair, claiming that she was working in a house and had married a man who had helped her get a job. Her family was angry that Rinku had married without informing them, but asked her not to go back to Mumbai. “I pleaded with her not to go but she said she had to earn more money so that we could lead a better life. When she gave me Rs 9,000 [approximately 140 USD], I knew something was wrong,” says Rekha.

Rekha’s worst fears came true when Rinku called her last year saying that she had been caught in a police raid on a brothel. Since then, Rekha has been working a child protection NGO to try to get Rinku released.

9,000 missing children

Rinku is just one of the approximately 9,000 children who’ve gone missing from poor communities along the border with India and Bangladesh. It’s common for young girls to ‘vanish’ or ‘go missing after marriage’ or get ‘lost’ from villages in West Bengal, along the 2,000 kilometre Indo-Bangla border.

“There is a demand for young girls in prostitution,” says Roop Sen of Sanjog, a Kolkata-based resource organization working on anti-trafficking and safeguarding child rights. “Going by the numbers of girls rescued from the red light areas of Mumbai, Pune and Delh, the situation is alarming. In 2009, Rescue Foundation - an NGO in Mumbai - rescued 176 girls from the red light area in Mumbai. The youngest of them were 16.”

Children living along the border between India and Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable to being wooed or snatched from their homes because of poverty, the threat of early marriage, and poor education. Although border agents in the area are tasked with preventing trafficking, locals say the agents spend more time harassing and assaulting locals, in the name of searching for illegal migrants.

The porous Indo-Bangla border makes locals girls more vulnerable
The porous Indo-Bangla border makes locals girls more vulnerable

Hard life along the border

A 2009 survey by the National Commission for Women revealed that the trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation took place in 378 districts in India. West Bengal, with its porous border regions, emerged as a prime site. A 2010 report from the border district found that widespread food scarcity, gender inequality and poverty makes women and girls easy targets for traffickers.

According to Sanjog researcher, Paramita Banerjee, adolescent girls want a different life than their parents. “It is to escape semi-starvation, multiple pregnancies and domestic violence that they succumb to inducements like income-earning opportunities outside their villages,” she says. They often end up in brothels across India; finding and freeing them is very difficult.

The state has tried to address the problem, but there’s a lack of political will and the various implementing bodies have failed to work together. This is a tragic situation for the health and well-being of communities living near the border, who continue losing their daughters to forces beyond their control. Source

Girls go missing in West Bengal