BMVS’s overall goal is the economic, social and political empowerment of marginalised women and children. BMVS has worked with the Freedom Fund since 2014 to identify and address different forms of slavery in Bihar.
Bhusura Mahila Vikas Samiti (BMVS) is expanding its anti-slavery work to cover 12 village areas in one district of Bihar. Seeking to facilitate the freedom of bonded labourers and child labourers, BMVS is forming community vigilance committees, enabling them to examine the root causes of vulnerability and create action plans against slavery.
BMVS is also providing education support for children who have dropped out of or never attended school while also enabling them to understand their rights as children and as citizens. They are also training government officials and will enable official anti-trafficking task forces to function more effectively. Through the local groups, BMVS will strengthen performance of relevant government welfare schemes as well as enabling vulnerable groups to access skills training and establish micro-businesses.
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With this grant, Bhusura Mahila Vikas Samiti (BMVS) will identify the prevalence of different forms of slavery through a detailed baseline survey and it will begin the process required to free victims of slavery. It will focus on linking families in bonded labour with government economic schemes to help them towards income independent of slaveholders, as well as rescuing those in child labour, enrolling them in school and reintegrating with families.