Following a path of non-violence and simplicity, Jagori Grameen is committed to the cause of building a just and equitable society.
Our engagement with the community addresses all forms of discrimination based on gender, class, caste, religion, disability and all other forms of exclusion and seeks to protect the individual and collective dignity of the most marginalised.
To work among the most marginalized communities for equity, justice, dignity and peace
To spread feminist consciousness, encourage and strengthen the voices of women and girls, and ensure their right to life and safety
To ensure peoples' rights to participation, entitlement and inclusion in social, political, economic and environmental processes
To increase peoples' engagement on issues related to sustainable, organic agriculture and environmental and spiritual regeneration
To ensure bureaucratic and political accountability in medical, educational, legal, and political institutions
To increase people's access to information
The Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (JRCT) was registered in October 2002 with a small donation from some of the trustees after our research showed a need for women's empowerment in Himachal Pradesh.
The 2001 census revealed adverse gender indicators related to women's status in the North-western states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. These states have alarmingly adverse sex ratio visa vie girl children. The discrimination against girl children is so strong in Punjab that girls between the ages 2 to 4 die at twice the rate of boys. Also every third household in Punjab has acknowledged, "Wife beating". (The Hindu, Apr 22, 2002). In Haryana, there are increasing reports of trafficking for the purposes of deceitful marriage and sex work. Similar trends are gradually emerging in the neighboring states:
Incidence of violence against women is on the rise
Increased adolescent pregnancy and subsequent illegal and unsafe abortion
The participation of women in national and international events is low and therefore not visible
Women in these states have low access to knowledge and information
Increased migration from poorer states such as Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh into these States has changed the face of economy and has led to complex migration patterns.
Lack of community-based women’s empowerment models in the sub-region
Lack of models of sustainable development that incorporate women’s role as farmers and the mainstay of rural economy.
It is within the socio-economic realities of these states that JAGORI began its work in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh in 2002. The rural expansion program was started with the intension of extending its activities to the states that have remained outside the purview of the women’s movement.
Jagori currently works with 60 villages of the Kangra District and 20 villages of the Chamba District. Most of our team is also from tribal or marginalized families from these communities, helping them understand the issues they work with.
The individuals we work are organized within core groups. Currently, our community work consists of: 65 Women's Collectives 30 Youth Collectives 42 Farmer's Groups 12 Schools 30 Kishori Samooh (Groups for Adolescent Girls)
VPO Rakkar Sidhbari, Tehesil Dharmsala, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh 176057