Saturday, June 14, 2014

Valmikis - A seminar at HDRC

Dear All,

Valmikis – especially those engaged in scavenging work - are by far the most oppressed and

marginalized community in the Indian sub-continent today. This scavenging work is

predominantly done by Valmiki women. Unfortunately, while the general Dalit situation and caste

ideology has been researched quite comprehensively, the plight of the Valmikis (who are referred

to as Safai Karmacharis if they are salaried employees of municipalities or wage laborers with

contractors) have not been understood adequately. When it comes to the situation of Valmiki

women the knowledge deficit is even more pronounced.

In terms of direct action, the scenario has been more encouraging. HDRC has engaged with

the Valmiki communities in the rural areas since 1988, resulting in the formation of Antyodaya

Vikas Shikshan Centre, in the Khambhat region. Many other organizations like Navsarjan also

have made significant contributions towards highlighting the plight of manual scavengers and

sewage workers. Janvikas and Manav Garima have addressed serious issues of the Valmiki

communities since over a decade. HDRC currently has been trying to reach out to Valmiki women

in ahmedabad city through efforts to organize them and build leadership and capacities to break

out of bondage.We believe that social interventions based on social research and scientific

assessment of the situation of communities have tremendous potential to trigger transformation. In this context we are organizing a one day seminar on the 19th of July, 2014, bringing together

civil society organizations, academics and the people from the valmiki community to understand

socio-economic and human rights situation of the community here in the city. This is a

collaborative effort of the civil society organizations SXSSS, Janvikas, Manav Garima and

Prashant working in the the city.

It is our pleasure to invite you to this seminar, to share your experience of working with

the Valmiki community. Your participation and contribution will help us to understand the

community better and engage with it in a more meaningful way.

Kindly confirm your participation or participation of a colleague from your organization on the

following email id or phone numbers:

hdrc@sxnfes.org 079-263-04928, 079-263-03577

See overleaf for a tentative schedule of the seminar. Looking forward for your confirmation,

Warm regards,

Priyanka Christian

Research Associate, HDRC

(On behalf of)

Dr. Jimmy Dabhi Vijay S. Parmar Parshottam Vaghela

Research Director, HDRC CEO, Janvikas Director, Manav Garima

Prasad Chacko Fr. Rajeev Fr. Cedric Prakash

Director, HDRC Director SXSSS Director, PrashantTentative Time schedule of the Seminar

Sr.No Timing Details

1 9.30 to 10.00 Registration and Tea

2 10.00 to 10.15 Welcome and Overview

3 10.15 to 10.30 Study

4 10.30 to10.45 Presentation of Pilot study of the community in Ahmedabad

5 10.45 to 12.00 Valmiki Community - Raju Solanki

Situation of Valmiki Women of Ahmedabad City - Manjulaben

Involvement of Valmiki women of Ahmedabad city in

keeping Ahmedabad clean - Parshottam bhai

Possibilities for valmiki women of Ahmedabad city, to

change their socio-economic life - Ms.Gurjar

6 12.00 to 1.00 Open Forum and discussion

1.00 to 2.00 Lunch break

7 2.00 to3.00 Inputs by participants

8 3.00 to3.45 Action Plan

9 3.45 to 4.00 Conclusion

10 4.00 to 4.10 Vote of Thanks

Venue: Human Development and Research Center

St. Xavier’s College Campus

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