About us

Swayangsiddha means self-reliance. It envisions empowering young girls and boys with knowledge and skills so that they are aware, alert, able to make informed choices and are less vulnerable to violation and abuse of their rights. Swayangsiddha initiative by West Bengal Police aims to combat human trafficking and prevent child marriage. Swayangsiddha Groups have been formed in schools and colleges with interested students. These groups were formed with students between the age group of 12 to 21 years. Child Protection Committee is monitoring and guiding these groups.

Mission

  • Raising awareness on human, gender and child rights and strengthening prevention of human trafficking and child marriage using a converging approach
  • Engaging youth from different schools and colleges to combat human trafficking and child marriage
  • Strengthening response mechanism in collaboration with Police and child protection committees to build safe community
  • Strengthening access to schemes and entitlements on education, training, livelihood and food security for vulnerable groups

Formation of Swayangsiddha Group

3,862 students have come forward to form Swayangsiddha groups. Among them, 69% are girls and 31% are boys. They are sharing information on human trafficking, child rights, ill effects of child marriage and the important helpline numbers with other students and their neighborhood. Schools have identified 200 teachers as mentors. 

What can you do?

  • The members of the group will take a leading role in mapping natural resources of their villages and raising awareness in the community on the cultural significance of the respective areas.
  • The members will make a cultural map which would pin-point the cultural tradition of the village and a list of folk art and folk artists. This map would be helpful in having a clear idea about the human resources of the village.
  • The members will make a list of families vulnerable to child marriage and human trafficking as well as imperiled and illiterate families and submit it to the Child Protection Committee to link them to various government schemes.
  • The members will make a list of illiterate persons and school dropouts in the nearby villages and will submit the list to the school and Panchayat.

Action can be taken

  • Discussion on pitfalls of human trafficking and 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 and children who do not go to school at all and handing it over to the school or Panchayat
  • 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
  • To be aware about human trafficking by working as a volunteer with the NGOs who work on child welfare and safety

Preparing report

The 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. Around 2500 students participated in 14 awareness rallies in different blocks and reached out around 6000 community people. The initiative has led to improved reporting on child marriage. Teachers are getting prior information from other students and are informing police. Teachers reported stopping of at least 20 child marriages.

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

290

Schools

1

colleges

20319

girls

10694

Boys

257

actions

33621

Outreach

Activities Undertaken by Children

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