The Women Peace Council project was born as an answer to women’s increasing need and desire to emancipate. As in most developing areas, Indian women suffer substantial discrimination. For this reason, the first and foremost aim of the Women Peace Council project is to promote awareness on women rights, promote gender equality and empower women. Only by granting these basic human rights, can a country implement a sustainable growth and developmental policy. Despite the efforts that have been made in the last years, gender inequality is one of the major problems affecting the country: the parliamentary seats occupied by women are only about 8%, the literacy rate is lower as compared to men, 1 in 20 thousand married women are burned or pushed to suicide by their husbands each year. Given the cultural background in which girls are raised, Indian women in rural areas are oftenunconscious about their rights and their social and intellectual potential, as well as lacking self-confidence. It is clear how, in this context, it becomes vitally important to promote activities that enlighten the pathway to women empowerment and emancipation.
IIMC intendsrural women must come forward to empower themselves Socially, Culturally and Intellectually with an idea to establish an atmosphere of peace in their societies. IIMC believes that by economic and educational achievements a woman may come to a stage of empowerment, but to come to the pinnacle of empowerment, they must be equipped with social, cultural and intellectual development. This is obviously a huge challenge for rural women as they live in man dominated, economically deprived and culturally superstitious societies, much in quarrelsome, degraded,sub-human condition than the women in urban areas. But according to Dr. Brahmochary, because of IIMC’s contributions for a long time with various services, the rural women have now in a conducive environment and are prepared to develop them socially, culturally and intellectually. With the success in these three aspects, rural women can be as confident, liberated, intelligent as urban women. They can also achieve the ability to become as good as the women who established themselves as renowned writers, artists, scientists and other professionals ⸺this is our firm belief. As Dr. Brahmochary suggests to achieve the goal, the women should undertake the methods that are consensus, opinion-based, humane, environment friendly, non-violent and peaceful.
Peace Council is formed in group, ten members in a group. Presently altogether 80 Peace Council are actively working in various areas in 24 Parganas. They regularly meet together five days a week for two hours. In two-hour time, they concentrate in reading news papers and magazines and watching television or video clips. From these media they collect important social and economic information and discuss the issues in the light that how they are affecting women’s rights and how the issues could be resolved in a peaceful manner benefiting all, especially rural women folks. The rest hours of the day, they visit, mainly in group, walking around to observe the happenings and to meet the people to do both socialisation and listening to their problems. The council members often take active part in the meetings of local associations, clubs, and in Panchayat , the local decision-making group represents the government. They have earned respect and trust of their community people. Presently, the members of 70 Women Peace Council groups are working for the welfare of every human being in different villages, believing in their unparallel ‘women-power’.
The Women Peace Council project started in 2008 with five groups, each referring to the 5 existing banks at the time (Dhaki,) Chakberia, Hogolkuria, Hatgachha and Prasadpur). Today there are 81 groups, but the number is constantly increasing.