Workshop with ASHAs on Women Violence, Equality, Health Issues

A one day workshop was held with ASHAs on violence against women, equality and health on August 11, 2017 at Disha Training Centre. In all 47 people participated in it.

Disha Director KN Tiwari welcomed all the participants and congratulated the ASHAs and health department for their dedicated work for betterment of health. He further stated that Asha workers played a vital role between health department and women in the society to disseminate all information and health benefits.

P Ram, programme coordinator, informed about selection and responsibilities of ASHAs. ASHAs are local women trained to act as health educators and promoters in their communities and create awareness on health and its social determinants and mobilise the community towards health planning and increased utilisation and accountability of the existing health services. Their tasks include motivating women to give birth in hospitals, bringing children to immunisation clinics, encouraging family planning (e.g., surgical sterilisation), treating basic illness and injury with first aid, keeping demographic records, and improving village sanitation. ASHAs are also meant to serve as a key communication mechanism between the healthcare system and rural populations. They act as a depot holder for essential provisions made available to all habitations like Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORS), Iron Folic Acid Tablet(IFA), chloroquine, Disposable Delivery Kits (DDK), Oral Pills and Condoms, etc.

Shahin Praveen, resource person, shed light on gender issues which gave rise to discrimination against women and hindered their progress by subduing their rights. This discrimination leads to an atmosphere, which makes women less competent, do not allow them to go out of house and do not permit them to participate in any socio – political activity.

Tasneem informed about Domestic Violence Act, 2005, under which several provisions were introduced to provide relief to victims and protect them from violence, restrictions on workplace, school or any other place, restrictions on communicating anyone through e-mail, phone, orally or in written and neglect. Under the Act, various have been assigned certain responsibilities.