An innovative step towards women's empowerment by Successful Community Based Garbage bank project to protect environment
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Environmental awareness, Garbage bank activity, MSW- Municipal solid waste, UMP-urban management programme, Women’s empowerment,
Though the Constitution of India guarantees equality of all citizens' before the law still women carry the burden of centuries of subordination there by making it difficult for them to realize their constitutional rights. The State Government of Rajasthan itself expressed this starkly in its report of 1999: The status of women in Rajasthan is an international issue. Patriarchy, discriminatory customs and values, caste based discrimination, high illiteracy and high rates of poverty seem pervasive. Despite all efforts towards social justice, women continue to be perceived as burdens. Women and men have gender-differentiated roles and responsibilities: traditionally, men 'work' while women bear and rear children, and provide for the general care and maintenance of the family. As a nation, we are of course over cruel inhuman practices such as sati and other logic less 'customs' that were traditionally followed in ancient India. In Rajasthan, women are still expected to respond to reproductive work while they also have to take part in family earning. . The Urban Management Programme (UMP) (1999) Asia News reported that about 35% of the urban populations in Asian developing countries do not have access to adequate sanitation. A significant amount of solid waste generated in urban areas were facing environmental problem caused by many reasons such as poor sanitation due to lack of knowledge, unawareness and lack of /insufficient water supply. Garbage problem is one of the environment problems. The household waste is not affecting the household only but it also affects the community as a whole. Thus household waste is highly involved in the daily life of women. So we have to think with the increasing emphasis that to resettlement communities in the outskirts of every area in the all villages towns and cities of Rajasthan. The environment in the slum areas might be one of the main factors to cause their ignorance toward garbage. However, to solve this problem is a challenging. Women can display active participation in all implementation steps of any project in the community. Women are powerful agents of change, as well as innovators in response to environmental changes. Women's responsibilities in households, communities, and as stewards of natural resources, position them well to develop strategies for adapting to changing environmental realities. The garbage bank activity is an effective awareness-raising scheme to make people realize the economic value of waste. Returns from waste trading with the bank can be an incentive for people to pursue waste separation and collection. However, since such programmes are mostly conducted in low-income communities, the effectiveness of the practice for other target groups seems questionable, as economic returns may not be an attractive incentive for them. As women represent the nucleus of the community, therefore this Garbage bank Programs gives financial independence and better quality of lifestyle to them. Healthy women produce healthy family, and lead to healthy Community.
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