Achievements

The success of SUGRAMA has been widespread and significant. Using the information gathered in federation meetings and other training programmes, Elected Women Representatives of SUGRAMA have been able to inspire other, non-represented women in their Taluks to take up issues and solve them. Some of our major achievements are:


POLICY ADVOCACY
  • Successfully lobbied and achieved 50% reservation to women - 2015
  • Advocated successfully to increase the tenure of GP President and Vice President from 30 months to 5 years - 2015
  • Successfully advocated for increase in honorarium from Rs. 500, Rs. 600 and Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1000, Rs. 2000 and Rs. 3000 respectively and ensuring proper disbursements– 2017
  • Lobbying as a gatekeeping body to ensure coercion for removal of Presidents prior to the completion of their tenure
  • Resolving issues like nonpayment of sitting fees and formation of standing committees in GPs of Karnataka
DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY, PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE
  • PDS: Stalling of cash transfers against the distribution of food grains – 100s of post cards and letters forwarded to the Government
  • Working towards effective implementation of Grama Swaraj – Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 2016
  • Seeking accountability and transparency in the decisions taken in Ward Sabha, G/S and Mahila G/S
SUPPORTING MEMBERS IN BEING CHANGE AGENTS
  • Ensuring effective implementation of government social security and other schemes – health, education, MGNREGA, Public Distribution System, water and sanitation and poverty alleviation (housing and pensions schemes)
  • Ensuring effective functioning of local child crèches- Anganawadis
  • Constructing toilets for girls and old people in the community
  • Maintaining cleanliness, sanitation & hygiene in the Gram Panchayats
GENDER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
  • Participation of EWRs in increasing transparency in social audit (Grama Sabha, Social Audit, GPDP) and ensure its proper planning and effective implementation
  • Successful lobbying for separate toilets for women in public and private spaces including GP premises
  • EWRs facilitate the GPs to follow guidelines with regard to budgets earmarked for excluded sections of the population – SCP/TSP, Disability and pensions
  • Addressing issues of violence and backlashes in GPs and the community – support of media and CBOs
  • Sensitizing community on alcoholism; dowry; female feticide, emphasize on girl child – education and skill development
  • Stopping child marriage, child labour & child trafficking and regular coordination with sahayavani/women’s helpline
RAISING SUGRAMA’S PROFILE
  • Building capacities of members – ensuring participation in training programs of Government, NGOs and other Civil Society Organizations
  • Empowered, vibrant and successful Taluk Federations
  • Successfully held four Annual General Body meetings (SAMAVESHA)
  • Smooth transfer of powers from old to new members
  • Disseminating government circulars, information & success stories through newsletters
  • Collaborating with other civil society organizations and networks to bring change in grassroots governance
  • Developing & distributing pamphlets, posters on its own aims & objectives, for fair & violence free elections.
BUILDING ALLIANCES WITH
  • With State Government (recognized by the Government as an advocacy platform for GP EWRs and as the only EWR collective – (5 year tenure, 50% reservation, Housing and Public Distribution System).
  • Interface with Member of Legislative Assembly/ Member of Legislative Council/ Member of Parliament (MLAs/MLCs/MPs) – (14 at the district level).
  • Local journalists & newspapers (113 block level interfaces with officials/media).
  • Sharing of IEC materials and expertise on Local Self Government with District & Taluk administration