WEEDS is a secular organisation commenced in 1989 as “Keezhmaanagar Mahalir Munnettra Sangham” which soon got spread to different villages of kundrathur block, Kancheepuram and in the 1996 changed its name to “Womens Education and Economic Development Society (WEEDS)”. We believe that the society develops only when the women gets equal opportunity to establish themselves. We work for,
We are working for the development of women through various programme like Women Entrepreneurship Training, Skill development training where we are running our tailoring unit, Self Help group activities & Bank Linkage program, Awareness on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013. WEEDS also works for development of children and community through various programmes, such that - Education scholarships for Poor students, Build your generation life skill program, housing projects for below poverty level families and conducting community Health programs.
An integrated approach to build a equitable and empowered society
A Society that respects human dignity and has gender equality.
WEEDS strives towards establishing just social order by building people's organisations, providing excellent education for children, empowering women & ensuring sustainable livelihood for the communities.
Over the years rural women have been enabled to actively involve themselves in the economic sustenance of the household. During 1989 till 2000, WEEDS was working towards social justice action where we worked on women rights and awareness creation. Later, we felt that working for women rights and awareness alone won’t develop women in the society. So to empower women economically, WEEDS has organized groups of women from Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Thiruvallur and Chennai districts into Self Help Groups (SHGs). From then we started to working for the Development of women through various development activities like
- Women Entrepreneurship Training,
- Skill development Training
- Self Help group activities & Bank Linkage program
- Awareness on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act,2013
- Legal awareness Training
WEEDS believe that Education and awareness among students is the only way by which a desired change and upliftment in the society can be achieved. Under this program we are working for the children in the following areas:
1. Educational Scholarship Support for students from low income families.
2. Build a Generation: Through this program we create awareness among students about basic mental health issues and WHO's 10 life skill topic.
3. Awareness about Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POCSO) Act, 2012
This Act seeks to provide a secure and enabling environment for women employees, including domestic workers, against sexual harassment at the workplace. The Act makes it mandatory for all workplaces, including homes, universities, hospitals, government and non- government offices, factories, other formal and informal work places to constitute an internal committee for redressed of complaints. WEEDS have been conducting awareness training on sexual harassment of women at workplace for the safety of women.
WEEDS have been tied up with more than 45 companies for the last 7 years and more than 5000+ women and men workers got aware about this act. The trainings will be conducted by using power point presentation, in all the companies, internal complaints committees (ICC) will be formed, training's will be given to the members and employees once in two months to handle the issues related to sexual harassment.
“Women Rights are Human Rights” a mantra for WEEDS and consistently fighting for Women’s Rights. WEEDS conducted several Women Rights rallies during its inception. In 90’s, consumption of counterfeit liquor has taken away many young family men lives and it’s caused women and children to be abandon. WEEDS taken up this issue and conducted several rallies and awareness Training program in Mangadu region. Ms.Thilagavathy IPS inaugurated the programs and her speech impacted many women.
Empowering rural women is very essential in today’s world; with the help of local SHGs we had organized women at Grass root level. Income generating activities are considered as those initiatives that affect the economic aspects of people’s lives through the use of economic tools such as credit. It is being increasingly realized that women’s income in a family is very important in relation to the nutritional, economic and educational upliftment of the family.
The Women’s Programme aims at being a driving force that will create space and a framework for women to meet and discuss the challenges facing them in order to strengthen a Woman. WEEDS is committed to provide more needy women groups in entrepreneurial/Business management skills, record / book keeping skills, savings culture, making business plans, group management & group dynamics and functional & Adult Literacy skills.
Rural women need to be sensitized for the elimination of discrimination against women and the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, in their families as well as in their communities. Above all, stakeholders developed capacities to engage in ongoing and systematic dialogue with leaders, officials to better understand their needs and concerns. Capacity Building Training's is largely believed that increase self-respect and esteem among women and hence liberating them economically, physically, and socially is one of the important impacts Women Development.
Education Scholarship Programme
Ms.Poojasri, a single parent child doing her 3rd grade.She was in need of uniform,Bag & slipper to go school. Our support fulfilled her needs !
Mr.Jai Janagar stepped into his 12th grade this June, he approached us to help him to buy guides books to prepare for his 12th board exams. Our scholarship support assist him to buy the guide books & Bag.
Humanitarian Aid to Tribal children
School kits Gifted to poor students
Environmental Day Programme - Walkathon & planting of tree saplings
As a part of AG&P CSR activity, during the occasion of International Environment day, WEEDS in collaboration with AG&P company conducted walkathon & Planting of tree saplings initiative in Siruseri IT park and presented saplings to participants. More than 125 employees of AG&P company participated in the event.
Education Scholarship Programme
We are happy to support students Ms.Srineha, Mr.Ganesh, Mr.Bharath, Mr.Sakthivel to continue their education, as we have helped them to pay their fees. Our humble thanks to our donors for lighting up poor students lives.
We are fundraising to support more students for the upcoming academic year which starts in mid-June.
Bladder Cancer Awareness Programme
Bladder cancer awareness Programme conducted by WEEDS in collaboration with World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition at Mangadu & Kundrathur areas. Every Year May month will be commemorated as a "Bladder Cancer Awareness Month" worldwide. This year we have conducted awareness meeting among Self Help Group women & general public. Dr.Vikram from RMD specialities Hospital has addressed about the bladder cancer. Several women cleared their doubts about Bladder cancer.
Education Scholarship Programme
Ms.Aarthi doing her final year B.com with 82.5% marks. She is a single parent child, lost her father who deceased years back, from then her life makes ups & downs.Through her mothers daily earnings Ms.Aarthi managed to study in a private college. She also go for part-time jobs to meet her expenses and to support her mother & brother. Ms.Aarthi came to know about our "Education scholarship support" programme and requested us to pay her final semester college fees so then she could attend the exams. WEEDS supported Ms.Aarthi by giving scholarship to pay the fees. Thanks to our kind donors who helped Ms.Aarthi to complete her education.
Need more donors to support students like Ms.Aarthi.
Build Your Generation Life-skill Training Programme
Education Scholarship Programme
Community Need Analysis Programme
Free Legal Aid awareness Programme
Legal Services includes providing Free Legal Aid to those weaker sections of the society who fall within the purview of Section 12 of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987. It also entails creating legal awareness by spreading legal literacy through legal awareness camps, print media, digital media and organizing Lok Adalats for the amicable settlement of disputes which are either pending or which are yet to be filed, by way of compromise.
National legal service Authority also undertakes necessary steps by way of social action litigation with regards to any matter of special concern to the weaker sections of the society. Legal services also encompasses facilitating the beneficiaries to get their entitlements under various government schemes, policies and legislation's. Students from Loyola college created awareness among community women about Free Legal Aid services. Through this Programme women got aware about the legal aid services rendered by the government.
World Womens Day Programme
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