is a humanist organisation working to impart scientific
education among people to eradicate superstition and myths
regarding women and vulnerable sections of the society. Agrarian
reform with a gender sensitivity is one of the prime focus of SDF apart from right to food, secular values and development of
scientific temper among the community they are working with,
such as tribals, Dalits, women, minorities and other backward
communities in India like fishermen, scavengers and women from
stakeholders for which SDF has been working are tribals,
women, minorities and other backward communities in India such as fishermen,
scavengers, women from Muslim community etc. SDF feels that without
providing an economic alternative we cannot think of independence of women.
Hence SDF has started several Women Empowerment Centres in different places
of Uttar-Pradesh and Delhi. These centres are self financing except that we
donated the sewing machines to them yet the students pay there and the
mechanism is that anything free of cost does not function. We are not only
training them in techniques but also imparting right based education among
them. In Saharanpur district SDF has formed a school for the backward Muslim
women. Now these girls are learning and happy with the changes they have seen.
is in the process of forming a Uttar-Pradesh Land Alliance
grassroot network of organisations working on the issue of land rights. Already
SDF has formed Dalit Women Liberation Forum in Mau for the fisherwomen and Tal
Ratoy Machhua Jan Kalyan Sansthan, a ooperative of the fishermen in Mau. UPLA
is in the process though its executive as been formed yet it is still in the
process with more and more organisations coming in it.
intend to focus on women and girl child. To inculcate the
spirit of equality and empowerment among the women from
the weaker sections of society, SDF has started certain
training programmes. In the Gangoh town of Saharanpur district,
Ms Rehana Begum has begun with a sewing center for the
Muslim girls belonging to Gujar community. The school for
the poor children is also functioning in Badi Mazara village
near Gangoh town. The aim of the school is to educate these
women and promote their product. Today, most of the girls
coming to the center have learnt to read and write. They
are also making basket, fans.
second school is running at a Mushhar bustee in Deoria
district of Uttar-Pradesh. Mushhars are among most oppressed
and marginalized Dalit community and today thanks to local
organization Dr B.R.Ambedkar gramin Udyog Sansthan, SDF
has reached to these women in utter need.
are three training center being run at Mohammdabad block of
Ghazipur district of Uttar-Pradesh. These centers provide
education and sewing techniques to the poor Dalit and backward
women. The centers are being looked after Mr Raj Kapur
Rawat, who himself hails from the scavenger community.
Delhi, SDF has started one center in the resettlement
colony of Samalaka. Women from various statesparticularly
Bihar, Haryana, Uttaranchal in particular are running
this center. SDF
has also helped formation of Dalit women Liberation front, in
Maryadpur Mau which is running a sewing center and a school for
the village children. The women’s are obviously happy that
they have got a chance to strengthen their skills. SDF has been
arranging exchange programme for these women.
aim and object of SDF is to link the grassroot organizations
to the national and international forums, high light their
issues through campaign, advocacy and lobbying. In this
SDF use rights based approach and sensitise the other stake
holders, authorities and civil society about the problems.
SDF feels that one can learn a lot of lesson from not only
success stories of others but also from the failures.
far SDF has been working in different parts of Uttar-Pradesh,
Uttaranchal and Delhi and has made alliances with like
minded organizations and victim groups whose cases SDF
continues to fight. SDF is not averse to have collaboration
with humanist secular organizations working in the developmental
field with a right based approach. SDF is also interested
to spread its linkages especially the issue of land and
right to food in other parts of India. Recently, SDF did
a survey on Public Distribution System and status of right
to food in Six PACS states of India. These states are Uttar-Pradesh,
Maharastra, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and
Bihar. The study was sponsored by DFID and Development
Alternative under their Poorest Areas Civil Society ( PACS)
inculcate the spirit of humanist values, SDF organized
a seminar with the help and support of International
Humanist and Ethical Union, London (www.iheu.org) on ‘Freethought,
rationalist and Humanist traditions in Indian culture’,
in Delhi in January and in Kanyakumari in March 2004. The
aim was to explore India’s great secular rationalist
humanist cultural heritage. Both the seminars were highly
successful from the point of view of presentation and participation.
invite people to participate in its various advocacy and
campaigns. SDF also invite individuals and organizations
to support through collaboration, donations and in kind
to help us provide support to the people. Please go through
the campaigns and support SDF’s work in the areas.
Mushhars need your support. Mushhars are the most marginalized
community at present and waiting for Civil society to intervene.
SDF is planning to adopt one or two villages of Mushhar
in Deoria and Kushinagar districts of Uttar-Pradesh where
Mushhars are in difficult position. All they need at the
moment when the winter is approaching, blankets and warm
cloths. We would like you to read the link story and think
about it. We are definitely raising the issue of their
human rights violation yet cannot wait for government’s
bullock cart speed. Hence we request you to donate in
kind or cash to help us organize blankets/woolen cloths
1000 Mushhar families. Please do write us at firstname.lastname@example.org