To honour the women from the slums, Asha has been organising events at different slums where it works throughout the week preceding the 101st Women’s Day on March 8th. Asha invited various local leaders and officials to honour the women from the slums and acknowledge their contributions in the development of their community.
At Dr Ambedkar Basti, Mrs. Neha Sharma, wife of local councillor Mr. Anil Sharma presided over the event. While addressing those present, Asha Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), Pooja and Meena talked about women’s rights and the importance of education for girls.
In Jeewan Nagar, Smt. Darshna Jatav the councillor for the area was invited to a similar event. She advised the women to look up to Dr Kiran Martin, founder and director of Asha, who has done so much to help in the development of women among the urban poor in Delhi. Asha staff also organised similar events in other slums as well.
In 2010-11, the Asha women’s groups have had over 400 meetings in various government offices and have held over 307 public meetings resulting in the installation of 48 tube wells, 58 toilet complexes and over 1,000 taps in slum areas across Delhi. Other accomplishments include the installation of street lights, concrete cementing of lanes, and more.
Asha recognizes that the greatest asset in slum communities is their women, and in the past 23 years of its work Asha has worked to empower them. Today, they are able to stand up for their rights and take charge of their lives to ensure a healthy and happy future for their families. This women’s day we truly honour their achievements and hold them up as a model to women across India.