Meena Behen, the first woman sarpanch from a village in district Vyra, in Gujarat.
In the small village in the district Vyara in Gujarat, Meena Behen is the first woman Sarpanch her village has seen. After 65 years, their village has their own Panchayat board, and that too an all-women Panchayat board.She comes from a society, where women are barely allowed to interact with men and are treated on a step below from them.
Meena and her friends attribute all their leadership skills to the self-help group (SHG) that World Vision India helped form. “All the meetings and programmes that World Vision India conducted gave us this much confidence to stand up as leaders in our village. Otherwise our homes were the only world we ever knew.”
Being an all-woman Panchayat board, the issues that women and children face come out easily in the open now. “Women open up to us with their problems with more ease now.”
They had also built a road because the accessibility to the village was very bad. Pregnant women found it really difficult to go to the hospital and even the ambulance vehicle couldn’t come into the village because of this. Now the accessibility is much better.
Many people in their village were unaware of important government schemes. The all-women Panchayat took cognizance of that and ensured that Government schemes were utilized by people of the village. Under a Government scheme that provides housing for the poor, they have built over 30 houses in their village.
Next on their agenda is building a Government hospital in their village.
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