Human rights are rights we have simply because we exist as human beings – they are not granted by any state, or individuals. These universal rights are inherent to us all, regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. They range from the most fundamental – the right to life – to those that make life worth living, such as the rights to food, education, work, health, and liberty.
SJSM has worked extensively for human rights in the tribal communities to help them lead a better life and has taken necessary steps to advocate and educate the communities against certain age old customs and practices.
Mobile ration shop : Being in a remote area there was no ration shop and people had to travel a long distance to procure rations which was very exhausting. Shramjivi started the first and only water boat mobile ration shop in the Koyna River basin, which saved hundreds of people’s time climbing up & down the hills.
Gassifier based electricity: Some villages were devoid of electricity. Hence SJSM implemented innovative project of Gassifier based village energy security for providing electricity to village Dicholi.
Movement against child marriage: Shramjivi also lead movement to abolish the custom of child marriage from Shepherd community in the Koyna valley.
Basic rights for Katkari tribal community (PVTG): Shramjivi has made persistent efforts that majority of Katkaris under its project area – over 29000, have gained an identity, caste certificates, voting rights, Government Gharkul schemes and ration supply through public distribution system. Formation of women’s and men’s self-help groups have enabled them to save for purchase of rations and other essentials. Trainings and generation of local livelihood supports arrested migration to some extent. Efforts are on to empower Katkaris through information and knowledge inputs, membership in Panchayat Raj, enrolment of children in schools and building bridges to close communication gaps with mainstream villagers.