Rural Women’s Collective

The Rural Women’s Collective (RWC) aims to address violence against women by forming and strengthening women’s collectives in Koppal district, Karnataka. The objectives include:

  • Initiating campaigns on all forms of violence against women in Koppal district.
  • Enhancing political participation of grass root women in local governance.
  • Strengthening livelihood by accessing local and government resources and entitlements.

RWC works in collaboration with government departments, Panchayat Raj institutions and community based organizations. The collective comprises women with disabilities and Dalit / devadasi women.  The Collective has been actively involved in national and international campaigns to resist gender based violence and claim the rights of women. 

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10th December, Human Rights Day.  Visthar has been leading and participating in the annual 16-day campaign highlighting violence against women and girls. Over the years, Visthar has consciously sought to associate with women from all walks of life, to recognise their contributions, to celebrate their strength and to demand equal rights for women and girls.  The annual International Women’s Day is celebrated with the participation of rural women and the larger community.