THE NEED FOR A SHELTER
The idealised romantic view of rural India is that of a "Peaceful
Paradise". But the prevailing patriarchal society ensures that
women are subjugated to live a controlled life of dependency. The worst
manifestation of this societal oppression is family violence which targets
women. Against the anonymity of urban communities where women at least
have the possibilities of seeking an independent life, community controlled,
rural life does not offer even this limited option to women.
The Deccan Development Society which has been working with disadvantaged
rural women's groups for the past decade and a half has been acutely
aware of the potentially violent and degrading societal attitudes towards
women that make them increasingly vulnerable. In this social environment,
it is practically impossible for adolescent girls to make a informed
choice for their future : they are compelled to marry even before they
The shelter is to offer a safe haven for women haunted by a helpless
feeling of having nowhere to go to escape the trauma of family violence.
It is a short stay home for family violence victims and girls who face
entrapping early marriage. Up to fifty women can regain self assurance
and confidently plan their future : the shelter provides physical and
emotional space and a facility for development of vocational and social
skills to increase all women's capacity to take control of their lives.
A CALL FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We are inviting others around the globe to donate for shelter. No donation
is too small as the total effect will be great: the means for women
to escape the violence that has traumatised their minds and bodies,
to build a new empowered life.
DECCAN DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
101, Kishan Residency, Street No.5, Begumpet, Hyderabad - 500 016. A.P.
Telephone : +91 40 27764577 / 27764744
Telefax : +91 40 27764722
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org