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"From a life of exploitation to a life of dignity and opportunity"

Children Empowerment for Getting Out of the Devadasi System

 

 

THE PROBLEM

Post puberty, adolescent girls from lower caste Devadasi communities are dedicated as sex workers. A practice deep rooted in socio-cultural exploitation, children of Devadasis are abused and discriminated against; most of them drop out of schools. Generations of women in the same family engage in the practice, making even the children who are not dedicated, vulnerable. 

OUR SOLUTION

We tackle child exploitation in the Devadasi community through child participation for advocacy, education and skill development, working with law enforcement agencies and by sensitising communities.

 

 

"There are a total of 80,000 Devadasis in North Karnataka"

Karnataka State Women's University, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

We work in 81 villages across 5 districts of North Karnataka where the practice is most prevalent,

Ballari, Koppala, Bagalkot, Vijayapura and Belagavi reaching out to around 2600 girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

Girls from Devadasi communities (both victims and vulnerable girls) are grouped into Kishori Clubs (Children’s Clubs) where the following activities are undertaken : 

 

 

Training on Child Rights

Training on Child Rights

Educational Services

Educational Services

Training on Advocacy

Training on Advocacy

Community Sensitisation

Community Sensitisation

Vocational Training

Vocational Training

Child led Interventions

Child led Interventions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We come from a village called Sivapur in
Belagavi district. In this village, there were
no toilets and people used to defecate in
the open. This caused a lot of hygiene and health
related issues. As a Kishori group, we decided to address
this issue. In the next 15 days, the Government
began constructing public toilets.

Kishori Group

 

 

 

 

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