BUDS District Level Youth Festival Starts Updated On 2022-03-22

BUDS District Level Youth Festivals in various districts are being held as the covid restrictions have been eased in the state. The students of BUDS Institutions across the state are making a coming back through the BUDS Festival. The first District Level BUDS Fest was held at Wayanad district of Kerala during 17to19 March 2022. The BUDS Fest of Wayanad was named as 'Mizhi 2022' and 249 BUDS students from 11 institutions in the district has took part in the fest.


The non-stage competition such as Painting, Emboss Painting, Pencil Drawing etc were held on 17 March 2022, whereas the Stage Competitions such as Light Music, Folk Song, Fancy Dress, Folk Dance etc were held on 19 March 2022. BUDS School, Thirunelly bagged the Overall Award by securing 83 points. Kalpetta School came in the second place with 29 points and Noolpuzha BRC came in the Third place.


The District Level BUDS Festivals will be completed by the month of April and following that the State Level BUDS Festival will be conducted. As of now, 342 BUDS Institutions are functioning across the state under Kudumbashree for differently abled children, which function associating with Local Self Government Institutions.

International Women's Day Week Observed and Sthreepaksha Navakeralam Cultural Procession organized at Attappady Updated On 2022-03-22

International Women's Day Week was observed and Sthreepaksha Navakeralam Cultural Procession was organized at Attappady as part of Attappady Comprehensive Tribal Development and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group Development Project. The Celebrations were held at EMS Hall, Agali on 18 March 2022.


Sthreepaksha Navakeralam Cultural Procession was held from KILA, Agali to EMS Hall, Agali. Following that, the inauguration programme was held at EMS Hall, Agali. The programme was inaugurated by Smt. Maruti Murugan, Member, Kudumbashree Governing Body and President, Attappady Block Panchayath. Shri. P. Saithalavi, District Mission Coordinator, Kudumbashree Palakkad District Mission presided over the function.


Former office bearers of Panchayath Committee, Senior NHG members of the NHGs under Attappady Comprehensive Tribal Development and Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group Development Project, senior most farmer, senior most entrepreneur and proven personalities from various sectors were felicitated in the function. The Signature Campaign was also organized as part of the Sthree Paksha Navakeralam Programme. Various cultural programmes were also held as part of the function.

Organizing Committee Office of Saras Mela inaugurated Updated On 2022-03-21

The Organizing Committee Office of the National Saras Mela which is proposed to be held from 30 March 2022 to 10 April 2022 was inaugurated. The Organizing Committee Office was inaugurated by Ms. Arya Rajendran, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation on 19 March 2022. The Saras Mela 2022 is being organized at Kanakakunnu Palace Ground, Thiruvananthapuram.


Through the Saras Fair (Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans Society), which are organized under the leadership of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India, the products of the entrepreneurs across the country are promoted and are brought together for marketing and enable them to earn more income and livelihood. In addition to that 'India Food Court' would also be arranged as part of the Fair, where the cuisines from various states would be available.

Gender Integration- Three day National Workshop held Updated On 2022-03-18

The Three Day National Workshop organized under the leadership of Kudumbashree, on 'Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms and Development of Immersion Sites and Strengthening Institutional Mechanisms for Gender Integration’ was held at Thrissur district of Kerala from 15-17 March 2022. The Workshop was conducted as part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) for the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India. The Workshop aimed at making cross learning possible among the states who are making notable interventions in the Gender sector as part of the NRLM and form a common procedure for the same.


On the first day of the workshop, Ms. Nita Kejrewal, Joint Secretary, MoRD, made a presentation on 'Gender Integration in DAY-NRLM -National Perspective'. Shri. S.M Vijayanand, Former Chief Secretary of the Government of Kerala made a presentation on 'Women Empowerment through PRI-CBO Convergence- Kerala's Experiences'. Smt. P.I Sreevidya, Executive Director, Kudumbashree welcomed the gathering. The Handbook prepared by NRLM on Gender Integration was also launched at the function.


Around 70 delegates from 19 states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat and three Union Territories such as Lakshadweep, Puducherry are taking part in the workshop. On the first day of the Workshop, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha made presentations on the special interventions on the gender sector. On the second day of the Workshop, the delegates were divided into three groups and made field visits to at Nadathara, Pananchery and Athirappally panchayaths to know more about the various Gender Activities being implemented under the leadership of Kudumbashree.


The delegates from Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh visited Nadathara Panchayath, whereas the delegates from Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Lakshadweep, Bihar visited Athirappally Panchayath. The delegates from Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Mizoram, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur had made visits to Pananchery Panchayath. Each group made presentations on the information they got from the field visits, clarified their doubts and shared the best practices that can be replicated at their respective states. Also, detailed discussion on the formation of the model spaces where gender integration activities could be carried out was also held as part of the workshop.


The delegates studied the activities of Snehitha Gender Help Desk, Gender Resource Centres, Vigilant Groups etc in detail. They had also made interactions with the members of the Panchayath and the office bearers of the CDS Governing Committee. They had also witnessed the performance of the Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession organized as part of 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' Programme Thekkinkadu Ground, Thrissur. Representatives of various NGOs, National Officials of NRLM and representatives of Kudumbashree were present in the group. The Workshop came to an end on 17 March 2022.

'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession starts Updated On 2022-03-09

'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession has been started. Shri. M.V Govindan Master, Minister, Local Self Government Department and Excise Department, Government of Kerala officially inaugurated the 'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession at Tagore Hall, Kozhikode on 8 March 2022. He also inaugurated the International Women's Day Celebrations organized jointly by Kudumbashree and Kozhikode Corporation.


The 'Sthreesakthi' Cultural Procession is organized as part of the 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' Programme being held against dowry system and atrocities against women. Dr. Beena Philip, Mayor, Kozhikode Corporation presided over the function.


The Sthreepaksha Navakeralam Theme Song was launched by Shri. Ahammed Devar Kovil, Minister, Ports, Museum, Archeology and Archives, Government of Kerala. The Survey Report in connection with the dowry system and the report of the discussions in the Auxiliary Groups was also launched at the function. 


The Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession includes three plays of 25 minutes duration and two music programmes of 10 minutes duration. The plays and music programmes were performed at the function. The performance will be held in all districts at 5 locations each (around 70 locations).


The Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession aims at strengthening the publicity against the dowry system and to take the messages regarding this to every individual. The specially trained Rangashree members of Kudumbashree would perform the play and the music programmes in all districts from 9-18 March 2022. The performances will be made in every district at important 5 locations including Schools and Colleges.


Shri. Karivellur Murali, eminent personality from theatre is the State Level Coordinator of the Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession. In addition to that, Captains and Managers were selected at the district level to give leadership to the Cultural Procession in the districts. Also, the time schedule, venues and route map for presenting the Cultural Procession.


Through Sthreepaksha Navakeralam,  Kudumbashree has been making efforts to eradicate dowry system and violence against women and to lead women towards social literacy. As a fight against the dowry system, Kudumbashree had made several preparations for the Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession. Drama Groups have been formed in all districts by including 12 Kudumbashree women each.


Following that Script Workshop was also conducted. A six day training was given in the first phase to the selected 42 women at Agricultural Co-operative Staff Training Institute, Manvila, Thiruvananthapuram during January 2022. In addition, a four day training was given in the second phase at KILA, Thrissur during February 2022. A special performance was arranged for media persons. Following that sector level training was also given by dividing into four sectors viz., Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Kozhikode and Kasaragod. 168 women from the drama groups of all districts have participated in this training programme. Shri. Karivellur Murali, Shri. Rafeeq Managalassery, Smt. Sreeja Aringottukara, Smt. Shailaja Ambu, Smt. Sudhi Devayani and Smt. Rajarajeshwari, eminent theatre personalities have given the leadership to the training.


The publicity video for giving awareness against intoxication was also launched by the LSGD Minister. Shri. N.Thej Lohit Reddy, District Collector, Kozhikode,  Smt. K.K Lathika, Member, Kudumbashree Governing Body also attended the function. Smt.P.I Sreevidya IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree welcomed the gathering and Shri. P.M Gireesan, District Mission Coordinator, Kudumbashree Kozhikode District Mission extended Vote of Thanks.

15 DDU-GKY students secure job placements at Chennai Airport Updated On 2022-03-05

15 DDU-GKY students have secured job placements at Chennai Airport after availing free skill training through Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), the skill training programme being implemented through Kudumbashree in Kerala. The students have secured placement as the Guest Service Executive at the Chennai Airport. Rs.15000 is their monthly income and they will get incentive as well.


The students who had completed the 6 month Airline Ticketing Course which includes Cabin Crew, Ground Handling has now secured the placements. The training was completed through 'Ceemed', the empaneled training agency under the DDU-GKY skill training programme.


A total of 45,555 students have secured placements in various sectors after successfully completing the skill training. In addition, 475 students have secured placements abroad. Training is being extended in more than 120 innovative courses which has job opportunities. The course fees, study materials, uniform and accommodation is absolutely free for the beneficiaries of the programme who are studying various courses.

Kudumbashree arranges Kerala Cuisine at the Aajeevika Food Court at the Saras Mela being held at Noida Updated On 2022-03-05

Kudumbashree arranges indigenous Kerala cuisine at the Aajeevika Food Court, set up as part of the Saras Mela being held at Noida Haat, Sector 3A, Noida City Centre from 25 February 2022-13 March 2022. Cuisine from 17 states across the state including Kerala is arranged at the Aajeevika Food Court. Kudumbashree has literally implemented the concept of 'India on your Plate', through this food court.


The food court serves various indigenous Kerala cuisine such as tapioca, fish curry, thattilkutty dosa, biriyani, mutta surka, chatti pathiri etc prepared by the Kudumbashree unit members from Kozhikode, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts and indigenous cuisine from other states such as golgappa, chat kebabs, momos, kheer, jilebi etc. The mela would come to an end on 13 March 2022.


The Saras Fair (Sale of Articles of Rural Artisans Society), being organized under the leadership of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) aim at promoting the products of the rural entrepreneurs in the state and help them secure livelihood and income of their own. Six Kudumbashree enterprise units have set up stalls that sell curry powders, honey, coconut oil, dishes made from jackfruit and banana at the Saras Mela.

Delhi Commission to study about Kudumbashree Updated On 2022-03-05

Delhi Women Commission members have visited Kerala for a detailed study as part of the efforts to replicate Kudumbashree model. The six member team for the detailed study includes Ms. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women, Ms. Firdos, Member, Delhi Commission for Women, Ms. Vandana Singh, Member, Delhi Commission for Women, Ms. Sakshi Saurabh, Research Associate, Ms. Deepika Singh, Program Coordinator and Mr. Saurabh Singh, Research Officer.


The team has interacted with Smt. Sarada Muraleedharan IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala and Smt. P.I Sreevidya IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree. They had visited and witnessed various activities of Kudumbashree in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam districts from 2-4 March 2022. The team had visited NHG, Gender Resource Centre, Pink Cafe, Apparel Park, She Lodge, RO Plant at Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam districts and Transgender NHG, Kochi Metro, Samrudhi Janakeeya Hotel at Ernakulam district.

Representatives of the Rural Development Department of Maharashtra Government visit Kudumbashree Updated On 2022-03-02

Representatives of the Rural Development Department of Maharashtra Government visited Kudumbashree to learn about the various activities of Kudumbashree. The delegation from the Government of Maharashtra include Mr. Sachin Shivaji Ghadge, Mr. Pravin Rushi Korgantiwar, Mr. Pradeep Ramachandra Mane, Mr. Vijaysing Gokuldas Nalawade, Mr. Sharadchandra Yeshwant Mali, Mr. Dhananjay Balkirshana Khatavkar and Mr. Santosh Laxman Shinde.


The delegation had discussions with Smt. P.I Sreevidya IAS, Executive Director, Kudumbashree, Shri. Sajith Sukumaran, Chief Operating Officer, Kudumbashree NRO (National Resource Organization) and Shri. Anish Kumar M.S, State Programme Manager, Kudumbashree and Chief Operating Officer (in-charge), National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

Kudumbashree members present dramas & music programmes before the invited audience at the Drama Workshop Updated On 2022-03-02

A team of 42 Kudumbashree members had presented dramas & music programmes before the invited audience on the last day of the Drama Workshop held at Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Mulagunnathukavu Thrissur on 26 February 2022. They came up to the stage with the lessons they learnt during the four day long Drama Workshop and the won the heart of the audience.


The dramas and music programmes were arranged as part of the 'Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession', which is formulated aiming at spreading awareness messages against dowry system and atrocities against women and to nurture a favorable attitude towards women empowerment. The dramas and music programmes were presented on the last day of the Drama Workshop held from 23-26 February 2022.


'Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession' would be held in 14 districts across the state as part of the Sthreepaksha Navakeralam State Level Awareness Programme being organized under the leadership of Kudumbashree from 18 December 2021 onwards, against the dowry system and atrocities against women. The Second Phase Training at KILA was organized for the selected 42 women from all districts, following the first phase training held at Thiruvananthapuram.


One group each is formed in every district in connection with the 'Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession. They will extend training to the members of the groups which are formed in the districts. A total of 168 women will get trained through this. The 'Sthreesakthi Cultural Procession' is proposed to be inaugurated on 8 March 2022 during the occasion of the International Women's Day at Kozhikode district. Following that the Cultural Procession will be organized in the upcoming 10 days at various venues in the districts.


The dramas include 'Penkaalam', 'Athu njan thanneyanu' and 'Sadassil ninnum arangilek'. 'Penkaalam' was written by Shri. Karivellur Murali and Shri. Rafeeq Mangalasserry and is directed by Shri. Rafeeq Mangalasserry himself. 'Athu njan thanneyanu' is written by Smt. Sreeja Arangottukara and is directed by Smt. Sudhi Devayani. Whereas 'Sadassil ninnum arangilek' is written and directed by Smt. Sreeja Arangottukara. 'Paduka Jeevithagadhakal' and 'Penvimochana kanavulsavam' are the two music programmes arranged and the same was written and directed by Shri. Karivellur Murali. These dramas and music programmes would take the awareness message of 'Sthreepaksha Navakeralam' to the common public in the upcoming days through Kudumbashree women. Smt. Shylaja P. Ambu and Smt. Raja Rajeshwari are the Assistant Directors. The songs were sung by Smt. Bhairavi, Smt. Arya and Smt. Greeshma.


Shri. B.S Manoj, Programme Officer, Kudumbashree, Dr. Myna Umaiban, Public Relations Officer, Kudumbashree and Shri. K. V Jyothish Kumar, District Mission Coordinator, Kudumbashree Thrissur District Mission had also attended the programme held at KILA, Thrissur.