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Friday, Sep 13, 2002
Industry & Economy
Rs 2.5-cr project planned to empower women
Sajeev Kumar V.
KOCHI, Sept. 12
THE People's Council for Social Justice (PCSJ), a non-governmental organisation based in Kerala, has come up with a proposal for poverty alleviation and promotion of reproductive health rights of women in Kochi.
The proposed project, which targets the urban poor in Kochi area comprising 41,000 families including slum-dwellers, is aimed at ensuring social justice to people whose lives are blighted by poverty.
PCSJ has been associating with Kochi Corporation in a few projects for the uplift of the urban poor and the most vulnerable groups in the corporation area.
The other objectives of the project include empowering women in the socio legal justice system by giving free legal aid and by providing legal awareness programme and also to promote reproductive health and development of women and overall health of the family.
According to a draft proposal, the poor sanitary living conditions, limited access to the health and legal service system and high dependence on labour markets were some of the issues plaguing the under privileged section.
The low and unsustainable income flows from the sale of labour, high rate of alcoholic consumption, drug addiction and irresponsible behaviour among male members had forced the burden of the family including the upbringing of the children on the shoulders of the women folk.
Under the reproductive healthcare programmes, free medical consultancy for gynaecological disorders, prenatal and post-natal counselling and medical consultancy, psychiatric intervention in needy cases and AIDS awareness camps and study classes had also been mooted.
The report also suggested house visits, daily family counselling at PCSJ office, school counselling as part of the programme.
The overall budget cost for the project is estimated at Rs 2.5 crore, the report added.
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