CARE empowers Tamil Nadu locals to fight for change

The Centre for Action and Rural Education (CARE) in Erode district, Tamil Nadu is working against the bonded labour of girls and young women, with a focus on the textile industry.

The programs, including village support groups, focus on assisting families and young girls in gaining the education and economic strength to avoid potentially hazardous work.  

CARE offers a 3 day training program that allows young women to complete the course as a certified ‘village coordinator’, encouraging grass roots action. The role, however comes with risks of its own, with one fieldworker commenting on the threats team members received when attempting to close the village liquor store to combat alcohol fueled violence in the community.

All of the local team members form a collective of adult community support who ban together to fight for change in larger corporations and government.

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Sonja Duncan