In societies through history and across the world, women have often been the victims of oppression and subjugation to extreme ideals and cultural expectations. As a result, domestic violence and tyranny have resulted from digression from these standards and limitations. These issues of female subjugation are incongruently severe in areas of the world where social infrastructure is too weak to accommodate the protection of these females. Furthermore, any existing support networks can often be discriminatory towards certain groups.
The aim of the Women’s Shelter Project is to create a safe refuge for women who face persecution and difficult circumstances upon making choices in life that do not correspond with family and cultural expectations and norms. We wish to provide an accessible and independent support network for women who experience extreme social and economic hardship and difficulty under such circumstances.
The centre is a women’s hostel akin to a shelter in the western context. The hostel is housed on a 1500 sq ft premise in the Mumbai suburbs and accommodates about 20 women.
An experienced social worker stays at the premises and mentors these women, as well as taking care of their lodging and boarding needs. The centre also function as a central point for all those who seek help and assistance. Security details are in place to provide safety to the shelter at all times. In later phases, expansion will be undertaken to increase the scope of the program and to setup similar establishments in other cities and regions around the world.