Info About Journey
Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD) was established in the year 1994 as a network campaign promoting organization towards a vision of a society where equal and appropriate opportunities are ensured to the deprived sections so that they live in dignity, justice and freedom. It aimed at encouraging and strengthening the belief whereby voluntary action of people as an organized group is the path to achieve people centred development.
During the initial phase (1994 – 98) RSCD developed into a strong body of network of over 161 core group partners from regional networks, women groups, cooperatives, NGOs, CBOs and people’s movements.
In the impending years, RSCD and the network organizations focused on building convergence and inter linkages of these networks towards the formation of a State Collective as a pressure group for policy changes in favour of the disadvantaged. Through the constant efforts and brain-storming about the grassroot situation and issues, RSCD was successful in initiating several macro and micro level campaigns favouring Women’s Governance in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI); and mobilize people on the issue of Food security especially Public Distribution System.
Saigata – A Milestone
A milestone in the journey of RSCD Collective in promoting and strengthening women’s role in governance through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) was the State level event that culminated from the action and efforts of 141 voluntary organisations working in 841 villages of 30 districts and 129 Talukas of Maharashtra. In March 2000, RSCD and the network agencies organized for a State Level Women’s Convention in a small village named ‘Saigata’ near Chandrapur District that made way for Mahila Rajsatta Andolan (MRA): A state-wide campaign for Women in Governance.
The next decade (2000 – 2010) was predominantly marked as the journey of RSCD coinciding with the journey of Mahila Rajsatta Andolan as an innovative, people-centred & value-based process that became the face of RSCD. RSCD focussed on engaging with groups of active women in various developmental processes such as Mahila Mandals (local women groups), Self Help Groups, Public Distribution System (PDS), elected women in Gram Panchayat and other potential women leaders to build their capacities, perspectives and attitudes towards enabling them to play effective and efficient role in governance.
RSCD involved as a campaign partner & active supporter of issue based campaigns and groups like ‘Violence against Girls’ (VAG), Marathwada Drought Mukti Abhiyan & Dalit Mukti Abhiyan.