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Empowering the communities to access their rights over land, water, forests and other commons; advocating for their participation in public welfare schemes; restoring rights of women and girls, and ensuring their safety; ensuring the rights of children, their education and protection; and advocating for providig them with equal socio-economic opportunities
Basic Information About The Initiative
The Child Support programme in Chennai is a community based intervention to shore up the social wage of the community through education of children and their mothers and other community level interventions to improve the self organising capacity of women workers and improve their quality of life. The programme involves training of women workers in the selected localities, primarily employed as domestic and garment workers, on legal rights and entitlements, on alternative livelihood possibilities and skill development, on self organising for collective bargaining. The programme also focuses on key social problems that create barriers to the self organising of women workers. Community level programmes are organised to fight alcoholism, domestic violence, child abuse and sexual harassment both at home and at work. The community libraries and activity centres for the children act as a space where the children interact among themselves in a safe and secure environment and also learn through innovative teaching support. The programme has led to the creation of community action groups with large participation of women, including in leadership roles. CWM has been associated with ActionAid since 2007 in working for the rights of women domestic workers and in garment workers. The LRP, Asserting Rights of Women Workers in Greater Chennai Region started in 2011.