About us

Swayangsiddha is a unique initiative to prevent human trafficking and child marriage, spearheaded by the West Bengal Police with active support and participation of community and district administration. Swayangsiddha means self-reliance. The vision is to build networks of aware, alert and pro-active individuals and groups working together to build safe communities to prevent human trafficking and child marriage.

Objectives

  • To form Swayangsiddha groups with school and college students to develop youth agency
  • To build awareness on ramifications of human trafficking, pitfalls of child marriage, healthy and hygienic practices and care and protection services
  • To map and sensitise vulnerable persons and families and to ensure access to entitlements, social security, livelihood and food security, in coordination with Panchayats and Child Protection Committees

Who is Swayangsiddha?

Swayangsiddha groups are being formed with students from Class VIII to colleges. Members of school-level groups like Kanyashree Groups, Swachha groups, Child Cabinets and college student bodies like Gender Equality Cell, Anti Sexual Harassment Cell are part of Swayangsiddha groups. Survivors are also being empowered to lead a life of dignity.  

What Swayangsiddha Groups do?

  • Understand their own communities and identities
  • Report and prevent child marriage, child abuse and human trafficking
  • Work as agents of change in their own lives and that of their peers
  • Map vulnerable persons and families, school dropouts, children engaged in work
  • Raise and strengthen voice against violation of child and gender rights

Actions that can be taken

  • Discussion on ramifications of human trafficking and pitfalls of child marriage in schools after prayer session
  • Increasing awareness through celebrating various important days
  • Organizing poster drawing, wall-painting, wall-writing, various cultural programmes, street play, candle vigil, cycle rally etc.
  • Making a list of school dropouts, children who do not go to school at all and children engaged in work and handing it over to the school or Panchayat
  • Mapping natural and cultural resources of villages and raising awareness in the community on the cultural significance of the respective areas
  • Keeping a watchful eye whether any child marriage is taking place and informing the concerned authority at the right time. Making a list of young married girls in the village
  • Making a list of families vulnerable to child marriage and human trafficking  and submitting it to the Child Protection Committee to link them to various government schemes
  • To be aware about human trafficking by working as a volunteer with the NGOs who work on child welfare and safety

Reporting

Swayangsiddha groups are submitting reports on their activities, once in every two months. They are sharing the reports through mobile or computer with assistance from the nominated teachers. Updates of outreach programmes, workshops with stakeholders, actions taken by youths, students, police, NGOs, media coverage and success stories are being shared on the website, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube. The initiative has led to improved reporting on child marriage and missing cases. Teachers are getting information from other students and are informing the police. Teachers reported stopping of at least 100+ child marriages and prevention of 10 cases of attempted trafficking in 2017-18.

Topics

  • Human, gender and child rights
  • Shared social and cultural values making up community identity
  • Entitlements under various schemes
  • Pitfalls of child marriage and child labour
  • Ramifications of human trafficking

Days

  • January 12 : National Youth Day
  • March 8 : International Women’s Day
  • June 9 : Child Protection Day
  • June 12 : World Day Against Child Labour
  • July 30 : World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
  • August 18 : Kanyashree Day
  • October 11 : International Day of the Girl Child
  • November 14 : Children’s Day
  • November 20: Child Rights Day

Swayangiddha Committee at the Block level

At the block Level, the Child Protection Committee will hold meetings twice a month, chaired by the BDO, to make sure whether the children of the vulnerable families are getting the facilities. Shikshabandhu, Paralegal volunteers, Anwesha Clinic Counsellor, members of Panchayat or ward will co-operate with the Committee.

A district level meeting under the leadership of DM/ADM will be held every 3 months. There would be a discussion on unresolved issues. The best performing Swayangsiddha Groups would be felicitated once a year by the district administration and the police.

District Wise Dashboard

District

379

Schools

1

colleges

29318

girls

16100

Boys

403

actions

48308

Outreach

Activities Undertaken by Children

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