About Mahila Jagaran Kendra
Mahila Jagran Kendra (hence forth MJK) began as a women’s group in 1992, with a vision of empowering women to fight against various forms of violence in society.
The group was formally registered as an NGO in the year 1994. MJK primarily works with women and adolescent girls in 25 villages of Daniyawa block in Patna district. Some of the major activities of the organization over the past several years include organizing women and adolescent girls into groups at the village level and building their awareness around issues related to violence.
The organization conducts training programmes and workshops to continuously expand women’s information base through their” Soochna Kendra’” (information centers) for a cluster of villages. Each village also has a “Mahila Jagaran Sanghathan” and a “Mahila Jagaran Kendra” (Women’s Resource Center) where women are encouraged to come and discuss various issues and more importantly a space for women to speak and share their problems and concerns. MJK runs non-formal adult education centers for women In villages and also works with adolescent girls through an organized forum such as “Kishori Sanghathan’s”.
The organization has been taking the lead in raising the issues relating to the women atrocities. The organization has done remarkable work relating to the Witch Craft Hunting in the various districts of Bihar, it has also its family counseling center running in various districts of Bihar, and moreover it is also working on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, 2005 for providing speedy justice to the women facing domestic violence. The organization has also been running a campaign on ending violence against women, named as We Can Campaign. Recently, the organization has also been working for the proper implementation of the sexual harassment law (The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prohibition, Prevention and Redressal) Act, 2013.