Families will be healthy and incredibly evolved if our women are empowered. Lakshyam team perceives in scooping a world where every woman and girl can go to school, live free from violence, have the liberation to make discretion and choices of her own, and allying equally in enhancing economic condition of family. India has grown rapidly over the past two decades and has seen strong improvements on developments indicators. We stand at a point now where we need to plan for a promising future, building on our achievements and ensuring our demographic dividend is harnessed to its complete potential.
Lakshyam’s program ‘Rooh- Awakening Womens’ Soul’, meaning the spirit, is a strategically developed, that aims at strengthening a woman’s demeanour towards life itself. It is widely acknowledged that ensuring a strong for each child and investing in early childhood interventions-especially in the first 1000 days from conception to a child’s second birthday-will lead to a healthier nation. In India, 2.1 million children die before their fifth birthday. Half of these children die even before they are 28 days old, accounting for one-fourth global infant deaths. Of the 9.7 million child deaths worldwide annually, one-third occur in India. The statistics are equally shocking among neonates—children new born to a maximum age of 28 days old. While around 4 million children die within the first 28 days of life across the planet every year, India records around one million of these cases.
The reasons cited for the poor state of infant and child health in India are inadequate neonatal care, insufficient breastfeeding, malnutrition, low immunity and high incidence of communicable diseases.
Lakshyam believes in helping individuals live a life of dignity. To achieve this, our child and woman development programmes focus on generating sustainable livelihoods. This is done through by organising various workshops related to Block Printing, Menstrual Hygiene, Papad Making, Jewellery and Bag making. When we talked about woman development, for more than centuries this patriarchal culture has been carried forth, deeply rooted and now in this 21st century the era of globalization where development is dynamic. Indians are now seeking modern lifestyle, there is a social change with growing number of successful working women, and the patriarchal society is now being challenged. Most of the people have accepted this change that we can’t always be patriarchal and we need to be egalitarian. The few people, who cannot accept this change, rebuke it which ultimately is the cause of crimes against women.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global poll revealed this shocking fact in the year 2011 that India is fourth most dangerous place in the world for women. The 213 gender experts who ranked countries on their overall perception of danger, as well as by six key categories of risks – health, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and harmful practices rooted in culture, tradition or religion, lack of access to economic resources and human trafficking. India was ranked fourth due to these major reasons: female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking.
To over-come woman and child development problems, it is necessary for our people to accept change; this can be achieved by designing an over-all education system. Our education system focuses on knowledge based subjects but the need of the hour is to inculcate good values and civic sense. We need to teach our children to be good humans, culturally and socially open to accept change in this globalized era.
Through our work we contribute to achieving the goal of economic and social equality for women in India.