About UGER

 

UGER women at work

UGER, meaning “new beginnings” in Mewari, is a women’s group in Udaipur supported by Jatan Sansthan. Under the guidance of Lakshmi Murthy, they have begun an endeavor for menstrual health and awareness.

Lakshmi Murthy is currently registered in a doctoral program at IIT, Bombay and her area of work is menstruation and menstrual management.

 

The women of UGER are from lower economic groups in Udaipur and have received extensive training in stitching. They work to create reusable cloth sanitary napkins. These pads are made with the intention of combating the growing use of disposable products in India, and the lack of an effective waste management system that our country faces.

UGERpads

Additionally, the UGER project aims to provide a healthy alternative to disposable pads, which contain chemicals and nonwoven polymers. The effects of long term usage of synthetic disposable sanitary napkins have not been determined, while cloth has been safely used by women in managing their menstruation for centuries. Traditionally women in India have used cloth, and many still do, so the concept of a cloth pad is not entirely foreign.

While creating a product that is helpful to the environment and to women’s bodies, the women of UGER are also engaged in enhancing their livelihoods and futures, as they earn income through the sale of the pads, and also learn valuable skills such as stitching, banking, and business management. Additionally, the project works to increase awareness about menstruation and end the silence and taboo surrounding the matter, through seminars in colleges and in discussions with different community groups, both rural and urban.

  • OUR AREA OF WORK

    • Mitigating hardships of women farmers through technology

      To enhance the capacities of farmer women and save their precious time this project was initiate through the establishment of a Technology Research Centre (TRC) in 2011 at Sakrawas panchayat of Rajsamand district in collaboration with the Department of family resource management, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur. This centre acts as a […]

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    • Research Studies

      In its constant effort to ensure relevant and effective field intervention Jatan has actively engaged in conducting research studies across its programs on the ground. Many of these studies have also been published. The following are some of the major research studies conducted: – Health seeking behavior of migrant youth in Rajsamand – Impact of […]

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    • Revitalizing and Re-energizing Teen clubs

      In order to address the issues of adolescents (10-19 years) during their vital growth and development years marked with rapid physical, psychological and physiological changes teen clubs intervention was initiated by the UNFPA and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. The program was implemented by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan in Udaipur and Jhalawar […]

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    • Addressing Migrant labor issues

      Migration has been an ever increasing phenomenon in the rural areas of South Rajasthan. Largely men migrate to adjoining states every year, leaving their families behind in search of a better livelihood. Migration of these young men has been leading to economic disparity, exploitation of the young men at destination, exploitation and hard life of […]

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    • Education and support for the girl child (UDAAN)

      To ensure education and development for rural girls, Jatan has been adopting girls coming from very disadvantaged backgrounds. These girls have been admitted into schools (including private schools in the block of Railmagra, Rajsamand) and have been provided all required support to complete their education. Jatan has also connected these girls to the Apna Jatan […]

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    • Alternative Education Centers

      Jatan has established 12 alternative education centers (Apna Jatan Kendra) across districts of Rajsamand, Bhilwada and Udaipur. These centers were established for children and adolescents who do not go to school or have dropped out. The centers help them continue their education as per their convenience and time. The center also offers learning support to […]

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    • Education for adolescents and youth

      A social mapping exercise of 42 villages in Railamagra block of Rajsamand revealed that 20% of the youth and adolescents had been deprived of school education.  They had either never gone to school or had dropped out for various reasons. To educate this youth and to enable them make informed choices Jatan conducts various training […]

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    • Addressing violence against women

      In its endeavors to create and safe and conducive environment for women, Jatan has with the support from local women leaders established a Mahila Salah Evam Suraksha Kendra( Women’s advisory and protection center) as a center for addressing issues of women and girls’ who experience violence. Jatan’s intervention to address all forms of violence against […]

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    • Empowering women representatives in local governance

      Non-participation of women in panchayati raj institutions (PRIs), despite over half a century of experimentation, is a major concern of those who want to see better democratic practices. Jatan believes that this problem is rooted mainly in the ignorance and illiteracy of masses and socio-structural impediments that hinder women from taking leadership roles. The reservation […]

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    • Social Accountability and Rights Advocacy for Maternal Health

      In Rajasthan the Maternal Mortality Rate has shown very slow decline and remains at an estimated 318 per 100,000 live births and the Infant Mortality Rate at 59 per 1000 live births. (SRS, 2011). Under-nutrition contributes significantly to the high maternal and neonatal mortality rates.   While efforts are being made for reduction of maternal and […]

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  • OUR TEAM

    Jatan has set up a variety of many different, but nevertheless very important projects that are settled in Rajasthan.

  • KEY EVENTS

    • 06
      Feb
      A Visit From Down Under!
      On the 31st of January 2014 Jatan welcomed a visit from an Australian organisation – Oaktree. Here is a brief snippet of how they would describe the..
    • 23
      Jul
      Menstrual Management in a Contemporary Context
      A seminar on ‘Menstrual Management in the Contemporary Context’ was conducted on January 22nd, 2014 at the Astha Sansthan Training..
    • 23
      Jul
      UGER at Eva Mela, October 2013
      Through the hustle and bustle of Eva Mela (an annual event organized by a women club in Udaipur city) in and amongst the silk saris, tempting treats a..
    • 06
      Sep
      CSO Forum
      A District level network has been formed to mainstreaming HIV prevention with functioning of various Govt. Departments, NGO's, Corporates, FBos, CBOs ..
    • 06
      Sep
      JATAN’s Team Member
      JATAN’s team member ‘Rohitaswa’ has been selected for FORD foundation fellowship...
    • 06
      Sep
      Migrant Youth Registered
      6500 Migrant youth registered in Shramik Sahayta evam Sandarbh Kendra, Railmagra...
    • 06
      Sep
      JATAN Expands
      JATAN expands her work on the issue of Women Empowerment in Local Governance...
    • 06
      Sep
      Organized Sensitization Workshop
      Organized sensitization workshop for PRI members at Railmagra on Aug.10th, 2010...