Gramya Resource Centre for Women was formed in 1993 to promote women's rights to equality. Gramya's vision is to create a just society, which will provide political, social and economic opportunities for women, especially tribal and dalit women. Gramya promotes Child Rights with a focus on the girl child and education. We work closely with Community Based Organizations, women's organizations, youth leadership, and like-minded Civil Society Organizations at the local, state, national and International levels to seek justice for marginalized communities. We believe, Patriarchal mindsets are underpinned by the material basis of women’s lives. The double burden of work at home and outside and deprivations resulting from low wages and disenfranchisement from property continue to place women in a secondary position and vulnerable to violence. To overcome barriers, Gramya works to mainstream gender equality by promoting women's rights to land, water, and forests. Having successfully campaigned against international trafficking of girl babies, currently we continue our struggle to prevent sex selection and infanticide. To access justice we work with Rythu Swarajya Vedika to address farmer Suicides and support families. Through Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) we support women farmer rights.
Preventing Agrarian Distress and Farmer Suicides :
In both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, farmer suicides are causing deep distress in the farming community. They play the most crucial role of feeding the nation, but as a society and as an economy, we are not ensuring a dignified life and sufficient income for them. In the last 4 years, more than 3500 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana and more than 1600 in Andhra Pradesh.
Across India, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have the worst status of indebtedness, with 92.9% and 89.1% of the agricultural households being in debt, respectively. The worst hit are the tenant farmers who are doing the actual cultivation by leasing land from the owners. A recent study by RSV found that 75% of farmer suicides are by tenant farmers. Most of the debt is in the form of high interest loans from local moneylenders and dealers, pushing farmers into a debt trap.
We are trying to address the above-mentioned two issues. The most distressed families are those in which a farmer suicide has taken place or those whose lands are suffering from the ill-effects of drought or calamity. They need immediate support. Secondly, we need to prevent farmer distress by addressing issues of tenant farmers and women farmers who are doing the actual cultivation.
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