Women Peace Council
The Women Peace Council was founded to empower women socially, culturally and intellectually. The aim is to ensure that the empowerment of women should not be limited to the urban centers; it should extend to the rural villages as well. Women in the villages must fight for their right to establish themselves as social actors and leaders. They must regain their self confidence in a nonviolent way and learn that they have the capacity to be leaders.
The purpose of IIMC Women Peace Council is:
- To develop the fourth dimension: potential and capacity
- To create and maintain peace in their own village and its surroundings
- To create awareness that development is possible through nonviolent means
- To educate communities that violence and conflict is harmful to our society
- To make women self-aware, self-sufficient and learn to respect themselves in a confident manner
- To teach people about their legal rights and responsibilities
- To improve the social health of the community by encouraging cooperation of the community.
A Peace Council is formed within each village and has 10 local village women as members. A Convener arranges the daily meetings and keeps record of attendance and details of the meeting, what is discussed and what action is agreed upon. The Convener receives 500 Rupees, the President receives 200 Rupees, the Secretary receives 150 Rupees and all the other members receive 100 Rupees per month as honorarium. The Convener keeps accurate financial reports and reports to IIMC head office. Any women having an active participation in politics cannot be a member of the council; however, she can be an assistant member.
The responsibilities of members include:
- Have daily meetings for two hours, five days in a week.
- During the meeting the members will take an oath, read and discuss newspapers, magazines, local problems or any other topic that is deemed appropriate for the Peace Council to talk about (as decided by the President).
- At least once a week the members are responsible for making home visits in the community to educate the community about the Council and learn about the lives of other women in the village.
- Members will have tea and snacks during the meeting.
- At least once a month the women should organise a meeting with the villagers or sponsor a cultural programme for the community.
- The members will try to solve any family problems or any other local issues.
- All the members of each Peace Council will meet at the IIMC head office every six months for workshops and training.
Different Working Branches of I.I.M.C Women Peace Council:
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Prasadpur
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Hogolkuria
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Chakberia
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Challapara
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Dhaki
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Hatgacha
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Moulihati
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Saheberabad
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Shalpukur
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Devipur
I.I.M.C. Women Peace Council – Sk. Para
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