At WED Trust we have been working on female related issues in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu in South India. Everyday 2000 girls are killed in India before they are even born. The girls who do survive face lifelong gender discrimination and limited opportunities to access resources such as education and health care.
To check instances of female foeticide, we register and monitor pregnant women in the area until the birth of their child, preventing the murder of 700 unborn girls. We also organise workshops and seminars to build awareness of the different benefits the government offer to families with daughters.
We have organised over 2500 women into 145 self help groups. Most of these groups have been linked with banks and other financial institutions so members can receive small loans to invest in income generating activities like goat rearing and dairy farming. With our support and training, members of these self-help groups can become advocates of their rights and lead the social development of their communities.