50% of Delhi’s population lives in slums and unauthorized colonies. They live in degraded land fills, near railway tracks and nullahs.
Huge issues are health, education, nutrition, population, and environment. Women bear primary responsibility in every one of these areas. Yet, they feel abla, “weak.”
5.5% of men and 5.3% women have own toilets. And nearly 25% use open spaces. Amongst children, 62% use open spaces to defecate. Safe water is a huge problem with just one hand pump or water point for every 1000 people.
The NCAER survey, 2002, shows a per capita income of Rs.575/month for people living in Delhi slums. The monthly income for household was Rs.3073. In our slums, the average of Rs.3000/month still seems right, considering we work in slums with new migrants.
Women in our slums have myriad skills. Many are skilled in crafts and arts which could have ready market. Katha women earn many times what their families were earning when they assess quality training. But outlets still elude them …
In today’s world, upward mobility is tied to more than literacy. Yet, in Delhi’s slums, the literacy rate for women is 38.9% (2001), lower than the all India rural female literacy rate of 46.74%. This impacts on the education of children.
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