Help free 50 women from slavery
Focus: Livelihoods, Women, Social Exclusion
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Every donation goes towards freeing manual scavengers from this filthy job.
Being assigned the job of manually cleaning other people's dry toilets, septic tanks and sewers based on caste, class and gender is discrimination at its worst. Manual scavengers, 95% of whom are women, are paid next to nothing and vulnerable to violence and eviction from the community if they quit. With Jan Sahas's help, those freed have found proper jobs, accessed government schemes for their rehabilitation and even stood for local elections.WHY UTTAR PRADESH
Even though the employment of manual scavengers is illegal in India, according to the 2011 census 750,000 households across the country continue to require their services. Dalits constitute 23% of households in Uttar Pradesh, a large percentage of who depend on manual scavenging as their only means of livelihood, being barred from any other occupation. As Jan Sahas founder Ashif Shaikh says: “It is not even a job, it’s slavery.”
When Dalit women are doing work like this, society never considers it inhuman or abnormal — we think that they are born only to do this and give them some money. Citizens must realize it’s not acceptable to send someone down a gutter or a drain.
The continuance of manual scavenging constitutes a gross violation of human rights and the worth of the human person, and flies in the face of the Constitutional guarantee assured [...] of a life with dignity for every individual of the country.
Jan Sahas will meet the families of 50 manual scavengers of the 350 already identified to make them aware of alternative livelihoods and their right to be liberated from their occupation. A common meeting will be held for further familiarisation, peer support and, as a symbolic act, will together vow never return to their "jobs" and burn the baskets they used. Then workshops on livelihoods and government rehabilitation schemes will be conducted.