The primary obstacles to the realization of women's human rights in India, are social and cultural in nature, deeply rooted in the traditions of its communities. In our quest to get young girls in school, we encountered women related issues that need to be addressed at a structural level. We got an opportunity to do so when Shanti Sahyog was selected to run a Gender Resource Centre (GRC) by the Delhi Govt. in September 2010. We have been running it successfully to date in 17 slums - Kalkaji/Govindpuri area. Our GRC renders the following services:

Vocational Training
Computer & Cutting &Tailoring Programs: Every six months 50 girl students are taught the Basic Computer Course and 50 women are taught to stitch Baby, Ladies & Gents garments, examined by Jan Shikshha Sansthan, awarded Certificates and helped to get employment. Advanced Cutting &Tailoring Program: Women who excel in Cutting & tailoring are selected for this 6 month training Program. On completing it successfully they are given sewing machines.

Non Formal/Adult Education
Young girls over 16 years of age and underprivileged women who have never attended school or are dropouts, non-school going and regular school going poor children who lack access to private tuition are our Target Groups. There are 50 beneficiaries every 6 months. Free study materials are provided.

Health
Health Camps: The main aim of these bimonthly camps is to provide medical treatment to the community by a general physician, TB specialist, dentist, oncologist, gynecologist and pediatrician.
OPD Camps: These bimonthly camps, organized at our GRC office in Kalkaji provide regular health care facilities to the community. Medicines are given free. Nutrition Camps: This camp is organized monthly in the slum community for different age groups and categories of women - pregnant, elderly, lactating mothers, adolescent girls etc. Our nutritionist demonstrates how to make various types of nutritious dishes, explaining their nutritional value.

Access to Counseling and Legal Aid
Legal Awareness & Counseling Camps: These camps are organized six times in a month and held in the community, where our advocate gives legal advice to women. Counseling Sessions on legal issues are also held in our GRC office. We help write legal applications and provide legal aid. Our Awaz Uthao Program empowers women by making them aware of their rights and raising their voices against sexual harassment and domestic violence. Self defense training given to help them protect themselves

Mobilizers: Backbone of our GRC
Our mobilizers play a vital role in the successful implementation of our GRC schemes. They go in the hot summer sun, in the rainy season and in the biting winter cold, visiting every home in our catchment areas, conveying information about our schemes, collecting details of every family, encouraging them to come to our GRC to avail the benefits offered by the Govt. to those living below the poverty line.

FOOTFALL OF ABOUT 7,500 WOMEN ANNUALLY IN OUR GRC`