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Elysia Smith

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£95raised of £500 target by 12 supporters

Weʼre raising £500 to help empower women in Fort Kochi, Kerala, South India from the 27th of July until the 10th of August 2019.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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Women's Empowerment Program in India with G.V.I.

In India, women experience a different lifestyle to what us women in the United Kingdom are used to. Their rights are limited and their voices are not heard. They face gender discrimination, even before they are born. Discrimination cuts across class, religion and geographical location. Women in India still play a role based on the home, husbands and children, despite recent economic growth. India has 1.3 million elected women representatives in local bodies with only around 10% in ministerial positions and national parliament respectively. A lack of awareness regarding their rights, insufficient family support and illiteracy can prevent them from performing their duties. Sexual and domestic violence towards women is still on the increase, despite legislation to prevent both! For example, in 2009, 89,546 cases of cruelty by husband or relative and 21,397 cases of rape were reported to the National Crimes Records Bureau of India. Through G.V.I., I will be given the opportunity to help empower women in Fort Kochi, Kerala, South India whereby the Government of Kerala are already keen to adapt various strategies to enhance the status of women and to empower them to address the negative social and economic impacts. Some inspiring initiatives in Kerala include: 'She Taxi' which is a taxi service run by and for women, 'Pink Patrol' which is a police department with exclusively female employees and the Women Initiatives Network which is a coastal network uniting 1300 groups striving for better lives for women and for their families. The duration of my trip to India will include raising awareness of their potential role in society, support services for women and young girls, working in the home for pregnant girls aged 16 and under of whom are abandoned by their families and teaching English, sewing and general life skills. The program is to be fund-raised due to it being beneficial internationally for the women of India and the overall cost for the program is £1120, and this is my first port of call. With your help, volunteers like myself can help to empower women in India. The program cost does not include my flights, visas etc, the fundraising aspect is for the program alone for the resources necessary. Thank you very much.

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    • Jo-Anne Jackowiak

      Jo-Anne Jackowiak

      Jun 11, 2019

      Well done for supporting such a worthy cause. I hope the trip goes well and you enjoy the experience x


    • Olivia Taylor

      Olivia Taylor

      Mar 12, 2019

      So proud x


    • Anonymous


      Mar 11, 2019

      So proud of you supporting this program and empowering the women in India. Good luck xx


    • Joel Hall

      Joel Hall

      Mar 11, 2019


    • Ethan Eglintine

      Ethan Eglintine

      Jan 31, 2019

      Proud. Raising funds for an amazing programme to do charity work out in India.


    • Ashley Carruthers

      Ashley Carruthers

      Jul 13, 2018

      Good luck Love ash and Dan xx


    • Marsha Richardson

      Marsha Richardson

      Jul 10, 2018

      Just a little something to help with your trip xx


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    Elysia Smith

    Elysia Smith

    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Hi everyone! My name is Elysia and my Just Giving page is here on the basis that I believe women should have equal opportunities all over the world. I am going my first international volunteering trip next year to India where I hope to start to make the difference needed. Thanks!

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