The RLEK team endeavored to improve the existing scenario of sex ratio; remove the gender based discrimination through sensitization of the community at the village level, panchayats representatives, health workers, advocacy at the district & state level, media, medical fraternity, sessions in the schools and seminars in the college. The initial efforts were made to spread awareness about the importance of a girl child, the social – cultural bias that exists against the girl child, to challenge the patriarchal attitude that applauds boys and undermine girls, the PCPNDT Act, the medico-legal aspects of the sex selective practices and create a culture that celebrates both the genders equally. In time it surfaced that related social concerns such as dowry, women's underemployment and exploitation in the society, education standards of the girl child needs to be considered too.
The project was implemented in Dehradun (Vikasnagar, Kalsi) and Haridwar (Laksar, Bahadrabad) districts of Uttarakhand.
The involvement of women at all levels was sought to mobilize women, mould, change their thinking and educate them to curb sex selective practices. Community groups were formed to improve social security, kill the demon of dowry, stress on the need for education and opportunities for girl child and proper implementation of laws and government policies for women/girl child.
The project brought about increased sensitivity towards the significance of a girl child and the dire consequences of the skewed child sex ratio. It was challenging and required innovation to put the viewpoints across to the various stakeholders involved; the village community women were illiterate at large and literally had no say in the family issues. The receptiveness of the youth was palpable committing themselves to the values of Human Rights and Gender Equity the vision with which RLEK works in achieving a just and sustainable society.
The women post capacity building endeavors have had a better understanding of the issue of sex selection and have pledged to raise awareness and to contribute towards the cause. The Youth Resource Groups, ANMs and the community itself has a significant role to play in spreading awareness on a large scale. The change in the mindset relating to gender discrimination has been initiated through the youth for the future generation. The ANMs & ASHA workers contribute to an extent in curbing female feticide. A greater part can be played by the community itself which is being achieved through spreading awareness.
The most important goal of the project was to bring about positive changes in the minds of people on gender biasness, patriarchy, stereotypes, and traditional practices; remove the gender based discrimination which is prevalent in the rural and urban areas through spreading awareness; work towards the effective implementation of the Pre Conception Pre Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act, through Capacity building of concerned stakeholders and increase the child sex ratio in the project intervention area in long run.
The intervention included the Formation of Youth Groups to keep a vigil on the practice of female feticide in both rural & urban areas, lobby for effective implementation of PCPNDT Act, Capacity building and awareness building of policy makers, implementing authorities, lawyers and doctors and achieve greater level of understanding among the general pubic specially youth on the issue.
The activities undertaken during the project period included the trainings of panchayat Resource Committee Trainings, sensitization meetings, conducting community awareness and mobilization camps, conducting meeting and strengthening of district coordination committee, conducting college seminars and conducting sessions in inter-schools