Unity Against Child Marriage (UaCM) Program is a program initiative by a Consortium of NGOs in Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar and their supporting partners – Simavi, Edukans & dance 4 Life, in the states of Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.
Edukans counterpart in India, Development Focus and their 20 partner organizations (in 3 State Clusters) have initaited the UaCM program in Orissa and Jharkhand. The program endeavors to work towards eradication/mitigation of Child/Early Marriage in these east Indian states. The key objectives of the meet were to understand Child Marriage scenario in the targeted States of Odisha & Jharkhand, work with the communities in sensitizing and enabling them to address the issue and challenges in their households/communities; and share the expereinces with stakeholders to facilitate larger adpatation/replciation in the respective states.India is to objectively & subjectively address the issue at the community levels.
CEOs of the particpating organziations and the Development Focus team met for two days on 16th & 17th October’ 2014, at Bhubaneshwar, for a Orientation on the subject by an expert on Chidl Marriage and SRHR Issues. This was followed by a particpatory development of Action Plan.
Some of the takeaways for the Heads of Partner Organizations were:
- to passionately understand the plight of those children who are affected by forcefully being pushed into marriage at an early age of their adolescence (the apathy is very worse in the cases involving girl children & adolescents).
- Evolve newer & innovative way of tactically addressing issue of Child Marriage at the community & village levels, as one of the core reasons for early marriage is bound to religion, tradition, culture & customs.
Development Focus is generating networking initiatives with other likeminded Organizations towards working in collectives for addressing Child Marriage problem in India.
More info about the Child Marriage Program @ devfocus.in