ICDS Holds Enrolment Camp for Female Sex Workers
As part of a pilot project launched by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) for the social inclusion of marginal communities, an Information and Enrolment Camp to create awareness about Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) was organised on Saturday here by the Women Development and Child Welfare Department (WCD), Hyderabad and Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR).
The camp was attended by female sex workers (FSWs), Transgenders (TG) and men who have sex with men (MSM), representatives of CBOs and other stakeholders.
Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmi Devi of Women Development and Child Welfare Department, said ‘’The schemes covered a range of issues including supplementary nutrition for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children in the age group of 0-3 and 3-6, immunization, pre-schooling and skill development training for the eligible candidates.”
She urged the community members who were not receiving the benefits of ICDS schemes to immediately enrol their names at the anganwadi centres in their respective areas and pointed out that the aim of this campaign was to provide information and enable eligible sex workers to enrol for the various schemes.
Speaking at the camp, a community surveyor Rani from Nehak Mahila Mandali said that before doing the survey they were under the impression that many of them were availing ICDS schemes. ‘’But during the survey we were shocked to note that only 40% of the community did have details of the schemes. Regular visits by anganwadi workers to the community areas would help to create awareness and facilitate the community to avail the schemes,’’ Rani said.
More than 250 female sex workers from Community-based Organizations (CBOs) of Falak Mahila Mandali, Mehak Mahila Mandali and Roshini Mahila Madali participated in the Campaign and 92 of them enrolled in ICDS.