The key issues that we have addressed are i.e. combat gender inequality and discrimination is our prime issue in all spheres be it food, education and health right, reproductive health right, adolescent girls right, access and control over natural resources and community resources. Our next issue is the severe hunger problem in the excluded community. We also observed that their food right was also deprived of. So, we address on hunger check, food security, aiming for poverty alleviation in the long run.
We work empowering the community to eliminate Sex Selection and Sex Determination to guarantee a life of dignity for the girl child ,enhance the value of the girl child in society by changing mindsets and ensuring ownership of the issue by the community and the government. The Focus areas are Child Rights particularly focusing Girl Children – in the field of education, Health & Gender discrimination.
The next issue we took up was migration and trafficking due to utmost poverty. This has considerable impact on the adolescent girls and young women. Other issues we addressed are domestic violence, witchcrafts, gender violence and molestation. These problems were seen more in single women, tribal women, dalit women and women of the minority community etc.
SMS work with the single women in the 8 dist covering 27 blocks. SMS as a CSO has the role of strengthening the single women association (ENSS) and their block level federations towards the access to rev. land and health promotion Land rights & livelihood promotion through right based approach and empowerment is a new issue for the single women.
SMS working effectively functioning Gram Sabha in adherence to PESA & FRA. Increased involvement of women in decision making process in Gram Sabhas •The poverty stricken ST family and women headed families, to a large proportion, are getting rid of the vicious cycle of poverty as they endowed with all govt. entitlement and benefits including durable assets creation.
Internet Saathi programme sponsored by Google was launched in association with Tata Trust and PHIA Foundation. Its main objective is to help in closing down the digital literacy gaps. SMS work on Digital literacy and digital livelihood program in 5 Districts and 36 blocks with partnership of PHIA Foundation.Upon the completion of the targets by the Saathis, such active and interested saathis are to be linked to the digital livelihood programme where the saathi’s themselves will carry out the survey work in the concerned villages. Active Saathis have been engaged in periodic surveys based on certain indicators as desired by Niti Aayog. Such thematic areas are Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development and Basic Infrastructure. As of now, only two themes have been focused- Health and Education.