Munnade Social Organisation, established in 2011, is dedicated to the welfare of women garment workers and improving their living and working conditions. Based in Bengaluru, the organisation was founded by a group of ex-women garment workers, who understand the sector well and are deeply sensitive to the issues, affecting women, working in the garment sector. Apart from directly, supporting women garment workers through forming Self-Help Groups, training on various labour laws, capacity building, counselling and legal assistance. Munnade supports their children's day-care and education and helps them to access various welfare schemes through the Workers Welfare Board, Department of Women and Child Development and Department of Backward Class and Minorities among others as a representative body. Munnade advocates Garment Workers’ needs with the state government.
"Women garment workers enjoy a happy domestic life and a violence-free workplace"
1. Empower female garment workers to deal with and reduce domestic violence at home and harassment at the workplace. 2. Ensure that female garment workers access social security, worker welfare, and government services and schemes. 3. Enhance the security, care, and development of garment workers' children aged 0-12 years. 4. Mainstream the children of garment workers aged 6-16 years through education and life skills development.
Self-Help Group Update -2020-21
Munnade Social Organization continued to strengthen the Self-Help Groups through technical inputs. The Self-Help Groups are carrying out saving and thrift activities efficiently. Each group has about 15 to 20 members and there are at present 35 functioning SHGs. Munnade is helping the members to maintain the groups and their accounts. The groups have borrowed loans from their savings and have used for the education of children, health issues, house leasing, repaying their high-interest loans, releasing their mortgaged gold ornaments etc. Because of such support received through the SHGs, the workers are free from everyday financial tensions and are able to learn and address the issues faced them at home and at the workplace.
Area Meetings with Workers
To sensitize women garment workers, Munnade has conducted 80 area meetings in workers residential areas and created awareness on Covid-19, domestic and other social issues. Around 1200 women workers and their family members benefitted from this initiative
Training Programmes for Women Garment Workers
Munnade has organised 13 training programmes for women garment workers on various beneficial topics like Government Entitlements, Labour Law Reforms, Awareness on COVID-19, COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on workers, Domestic Violence Act, Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act, Gender and Gender discrimination and etc. Around 510 workers benefitted from these training programmes.
Munnade Social Organization continued to strengthen the Self-Help Groups through technical inputs.The Self-Help Groups are carrying out saving and thrift activities efficiently. Each group has about 15 to 20 members and there are at present 35 functioning SHGs. Munnade is helping the members to maintain the groups and their accounts. The groups have borrowed loans from their savings and have used for education of children health issues, house leasing, repaying their high interest loans, to release their mortgaged gold ornaments etc. Because of such support received through the SHGs, the workers are free from every day financial tensions and are able to learn and address the issues faced by them at workplace.
<p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Cambria",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">The teachers have supported the children to complete their homework and strived to reduce the learning gap which is increased due to Covid-19 pandemic. Along with academics, teachers also teach about the environment and civic education, gender sensitization, rhymes, indoor and outdoor games, etc. Through this Munnade is striving for the student’s holistic development</span><br></p>
Health Camp on account of International Women’s Day Celebration
Munnade in collaboration with Cividep-India, Fedina and Sapthagiri Hospital has conducted a Health Camp on 28th March 2021 on account of International Women's Day in Gruhalakshmi Layout, Nelagadaranahalli today. More than 450 low-wage women workers and their dependents have benefitted from this camp
Identify children’s socio-emotional-psychological and developmental needs
An event has been organized by Munnade to identify the children’s socio-emotional-psychological and developmental and the ways of fulfilling them. Mr. Chandru was the resource person for this event too. Chandru has made children identify their own needs and how to get help from various stakeholders to fulfil them through various activities. 13 elder students have participated in this session and received the benefit.
Health Camp in collaboration with Labour Welfare Board
Munnade has Successfully conducted the Health Camp (General and Gynaecological) in Govt Higher Primary School in Nayandahalli premises, on 21st February 2021 sponsored by Labour Welfare Board. Mr. Mukunda KG, Labour Officer and Dr. Nithyanand, Pediatrician and RMO at ESI Hospital, Indiranagar have inaugurated the camp. Two Gynecologists', two Pediatricians and Three General check-up doctors and around seven nurses were present in the Camp and supported us to make it successful. Around 500 workers and their dependents have benefitted from this camp
Establishment of Munnade Care and Support Centre
Munnade, to support working women with young children, has set up Care and Support Centre in Avalahalli, Byatarayapura ward in the premises of Sri Patel Gullappa Public School. Munnade through this Centre has continued to support 40 garment workers’ children and striving for their holistic development.
Inauguration of Care and Support Centre
<p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-ansi-language: EN-IN;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Munnade, to support working women with young children, has set up a Care and Support Centre in Avalahalli, Byatarayapura ward in the premises of Sri Patel Gullappa Public School. Munnade through this Centre has supported 40 garment workers’ children and is striving for their protection and holistic development</span><br></p>
Conduct workshops and extracurricular activities for the holistic development of children
<p><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Cambria",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">For the holistic development of children, Munnade regularly conducts workshops and other activities on life skills, gender sensitization, environment education and civic education. It includes songs, story-telling, games, drawing, teaching through using plants that are in the SPG school premises and etc. A special event has been organized on 12<sup>th</sup> February 2022 to create awareness of these issues. Mr. Chandru, the founder and executive director of an NGO called “A AA E EE” (The first four letters of Kannada alphabets), who has expertise in children’s skill development was the resource person for the event.</span><br></p>
Providing nutritional food for children-CSC
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Cambria",serif; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">Munnade is providing nutritious food like milk, fruits, eggs, dry fruits and etc. twice a day. It is improving the immunity power of the kids and help for their mental and physical growth.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
Meeting on government schemes available in worker residential areas
Meetings were conducted to educate garment workers about various government schemes available and ways to get them. Information about the different departments implementing the schemes and felicities given. Details of officials responsible for the schemes were given.
Formation of new Self Help Group- Suraksha
Forming and strengthening is one of the key activities of Munnade Social Organisation. We have formed a new SHG of 20 women garment workers called Suraksha in Nayandahalli in the month of November.
One day training on labour law reforms
The training was conducted on 20th September 2020 at Hotel Shri Krishna Nandagokula in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru. Topics Covered: a. Comparison between the previous and the new laws. b. Process of framing the previous laws which was very democratic and brought about after much debates, discussion and consent. c. Strengths of the previous laws. d. Changes in the laws, pro employer nature of the laws and its adverse effects on workers. e. Ways in which they (Four Labour Codes) were enacted through ordinances without much discussion and consensus building. f. Strategies used to sneak through three of the four Labour Codes, in a hurry, through ordinances during the Covid 19 pandemic. g. Ways in which the absence of resistance from the opposition parties (which have become weak) were used to push through the labour reforms.
Meeting on government schemes available in worker residential areas
Meetings were conducted to educate garment workers, mostly women about the various government schemes available and ways to tap them. Information about the different departments implementing the schemes was given. Details of officials responsible for the schemes were given. Munnade registered itself in various online platforms of the government and through the learning helped workers and their children and family members, either with information to obtain the schemes or helped them to obtain the schemes. The schemes include ration card to obtain free and subsidized groceries (rice, pulses, oil etc), widow pension, old age pension, educational scholarships for children, unmarried women above 40 years of age, pension for transgender persons, pension and schemes for the disabled, construction workers card, bus pass for construction workers ect
Training to 40 workers about Covid 19 Pandemic and its impact on domestic and work life.
The training was conducted on 4th October 2020 at Hotel Shri Krishna Nandagokula in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru. The resource person was Lakshmi K S, General Secretary of All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), Karnataka. She works for women and women workers rights. 40 garment workers, (39 women workers) attended the training. a. Increase in domestic violence of women during the Covid 19 pandemic. b. Its relationship with patriarchal values especially due to the women losing income and becoming ‘less productive’ family members. c. Through story telling and folk songs, learning were derived and workers were educated about the discrimination suffered by widows, single women and rape victims, domestic violence and other verbal, mental and physical violence victims.
COVID-19 Relief Work: Breakfast distribution for garment workers
As most of the women were jobless post-Covid lockdown and were struggling for food, Munnade with Cividep-India’s support has distributed breakfast for around 20 days for 90-100 workers
COVID-19 Relief Work: Distribution of Sanitary Items
Through Cividep-India’s support Munnade has distributed sanitary items for 325 workers and 200 adult girls. The bag included Soap, Shampoo, mask, hand sanitizer and etc.
Implementation of Dasoha Scheme of Karnataka State Labour Department
When Prime Minister called Nation-wide lockdown The State Government of Karnataka has implemented the scheme called Dasoha to provide food for migrant workers who got stuck in during lockdown. The Labour department has divided the whole city into 198 wards and Munnade volunteers took 3 wards namely Deepanjalinagar, Byatarayanapura and Rajarajeshwarinagar. They have provided two meals for 35 days during this period. Around 1100 migrant workers have benefitted from this initiative
Distribution of Sanitary Pads
One of the key issues garment workers and their children faced apart from food during this crisis is Sanitary items and especially sanitary pads. Munnade understood the need and distributed the sanitary pads to 142 women garment workers and their daughters through various funders and supporters.
Gas and Rent support by Cividep-India
Through Cividep-India Munnade has supported 54 workers and 144 family members to pay their rents and to purchase gas. It was Rs. 1,74,560 worth support.
COVID-19 Relief Work: In collaboration with Cividep-India
Munnade with the support of Cividep-India had distributed Organic dry ration and vegetables, which benefitted low-paid workers and family members.
COVID-19 Relief Work: In collaboration with Fedina
With Fedina's support Munnade has distributed 120 ration kits including worth Rs. 1,04,000 for garment workers
COVID-19 Relief Work: In collaboration with Fedina
Through an NGO called FEDINA-BANGALORE which supports vulnerable/marginalized community, Munnade has distributed 667 ration kits for garment workers in Bangalore South.
COVID-19 Relief Work: In collaboration with CFAR, SAFA XLRI Alumni Initiative
Through Centre for Advocacy and Change, SAFA XLRI Alumni’s support Munnade has distributed dry Ration for 621 migrant workers who were struck during Nation-wide lockdown
Kannada Quiz to Garment Workers Children
Munnade in collaboration with Cividep India conducted Kannada Quiz to 30 Garment worker children on 5-11-2019. Quiz was based on Kannada Literature, Proverbs and riddles on occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava Three groups with highest score received file as prize for active participation. Everyone received Geometry box as encouragement reward.
One day exposure visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.
Munnade in collaboration with Cividep India has organized Exposure visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium on 23rd October 2019 for 30 students of Kengeri Educational Trust under Life skill project. 30 students and two teachers from class 8th and 9th (15 students from each class) participated in this one day exposure visit. The objective of this visit is to experience the practical knowledge of Solar system as it is included in the syllabus.
Training on Domestic Violence Act, 2005
Munnade Social Organisation organized one day training program on 16th June 2019 on Domestic Violence Act, 2005 at TTT institution for 30 workers working in various garments factory. Resource person Mrs. Sumitra Archarya, an Advocate educated workers regarding women rights, process of filing domestic violence cases, importance of different acts, way of seeking help from Karnataka State Women's Commission, utilizing workers Santhwaana Kendra service, importance of registration of marriage etc.
Garment Worker Leaders Meeting
Munnade Social Organisation organised worker leaders meeting in GLU Office Mr. Raju and Mrs. Aruna field activists headed the meeting which included 55 worker Leaders from various factories. Workers listed out finite issues in the factories such as unpaid salary, provident funds and gratuity, immense production targets, over time and no payment for over time. They have supported them with legal advice, educated them about Labour Rights and Law.
Handholding Support Meeting
On 9th of June 2019 held Hand Holding support meeting for 33 Worker Leaders of various factories in Garment Labour Union office. This meeting is held to discuss about workers issues in the factory, to create awareness regarding Labour rights, Labour laws and to help workers to claim their provident fund, gratuity and ESI benefit if in case of factory dissolve. Mr. Raju Field Activists from GLU, carried on meeting with workers and clarified workers queries.
Workers training on PF and ESI
The training on Provident fund and Employees State Insurance was conducted by Munnade Social Organisation on 27th of April 2019. 35 women garment workers from various factories attended this training. Mr.Naganath, the former member of State PF and ESI committee, Karnataka was the resource person for the event. In the training, workers were thought on the law of PF and ESI, advantages of enrolling to it, how to get it and how to resolve the problems if they face any.
Facilitation programme for retired women garment workers
Munnade Social Organisation organized a felicitation program for five retired women garment workers on account of International women’s day celebration. It was followed by a cultural event by a popular music team, BhoomthayiBalaga for workers. The event was conducted to identify and appreciate the women workers who stood strong against all workplace harassment throughout their 40 years tenure. This event was seen as an opportunity to motivate the other women garment workers
Transforming children into productive citizens
Here is the quick look what are all activities we have conducted in these 6 weeks. 1st wk: Information about online shopping application & showed how it works.We have given small handbooks which contains the information about Jyothi Ba Phule. 2nd wk: About Annibesant, her ideology & her living style and about drafting the letters. 3rd wk: About the kannada poems & poets.It is conducted to know the knowledge about local language. 4rth wk: On account of Republic day selected 20 children were taken to Metro visit. These 20 students splitted into 7 small groups and at different metro stations starting from Mysore road metro station to Baiyyappanahalli metro station.Students distributed book on Indian constitution preamble to the general public who were in metro stations. 5th wk: Conducted pick & speak activity & given awareness on health & hygiene. 6th wk: Distributed notebooks and questionnaires for SSLC students. The overall objective is to develop the socio-economic knowledge.
Munnade social organisation has organized Fun-fair program for garment workers and for their children with the collaboration of Cividep-India. Approximately 60 children and more than 80 garment workers were participated in this program. This program is conducted in Rajkumar park, Laggere, Bangalore. In one side workshop is designed to engage garment workers and in the other side different fun-activities organized to engage children. The whole park/field turned into carnival with many fun-games, shops and etc. The main objective is to add little happiness and satisfaction in garment workers weekend to relax, have fun and to spend quality time with their children along with education on how they should make their children childhood most memorable one.
Early childhood care and education Centre
Munnade social organisation with the collaboration of Samvada, a Bangalore based Non-governmental organisation and Mother care brand has set-up an Early care and education centre (Crèche), in Laggere, Bangalore. Through this ECCE centre Munnade is supporting 50 pre-schooling and school-going children of garment workers. The main objective of this centre is to enable garment workers to work in peace without worrying much about their small children’s safety and security and to provide early education to children through various activities.
Formation of Self-Help Groups
Formation of Self-help groups is one of the important activities of Munnade Social Organisation. Our SHG coordinator recently formed a SHG of 20 women garment workers who belongs to Storey fashion which is located in Hosagudadahalli, Bangalore , Karnataka, India. Along with the formation of SHG Munnade will teach SHG members, SHG Accounting, importance of savings and how they can get organized to access their rights and entitlements.
Workshop on Protection of women from Domestic violence act, 2005
The workshop Domestic violence was conducted by Munnade organisation. 30 women garment workers from various factories who are also members of self-help groups attended this workshop. Mrs. Sumithra, the family court advocate, Govt. of Karnataka & Mrs.Yashodha, General Secretary was the resource person.The workers were informed that,It is an Act of the Indian Parliament enacted to protect women from domestic violence. The Act provides for the first time in the history of Indian law a definition for “domestic violence”, with this definition being broad and including not only physical violence, but also other forms of violence such as emotional/verbal,sexual and economic abuse.The workers could recognize the various types of domestic violence faced by them in line with the types specified in the Act. For example, within the category of Physical Abuse, they faced grabbing, pinching, shoving, slapping, hitting,biting, kicking.
Mrs. Ishrath Nisar has completed her M.A. In Kannada from Mysore University in 1991 and started her career as a Kannada lecturer in Al-Amin College Bangalore. In 1999 she joined as Reporter cum Sub Editor in Janvahini . She was the first Muslim women who started working in the Kannada Journalism field, which also brought in many firsts into the Kannada Print media. 2005 She worked with the renowned Film Director GirishKasaravalli on his Award winning Kannada Movie “Hasina” as Costume designer which won three National Awards for Best Actress, Best Costume Designing and best film on social welfare.She also has expertise in setting up child friendly crèches for garment and leather industries. She is a good mentor and supports, help the youth think positively and enjoys being with them.
Mrs. Yashodha is one of the founders and General Secretary of Munnade. She has certificate of Senior secondary school and belong small village called Pochakatte of Tumkur district, Karnataka.She was provoked by Karnataka government’s program “adult education” in her childhood and used to teach her parents and grandparents in the evening in her early teens.She is the victim of Child-marriage and lost her husband at the age of 18. Then she moved to Bangalore with her an year old kid. To meet her daily expenses she joined to garment factory as tailor and worked 8 long years. She resigned her job when she could not face the harassment at workplace and joined Cividep-India as Field-Coordinator. She has the presented situation of Indian garment workers in different international platforms including Cardiff university of UK. Now she is also holding the Executive role of Munnade and working hard to empower garment workers.
Mrs. Suhasini Singh has been working for Fear Wear foundation (FWF) since 2013 as a Country Representative & currently as Country Manager for India. Prior to Fair Wear she was working as Program Director at CIVIDEP which is a labour rights organization based in Bangalore, India. Since 2007, she has focused her work on labor rights issues in supply chain-garment industry in particular, primarily concerned with the working and living condition of women workers in the garment industry. Her work interests are wages, business and human rights and gender. She is the author of a number of articles and research reports on the issue of working conditions for garment workers and corporate accountability in the supply chain. Singh is a Commerce graduate from Delhi University and holds a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Rural Development from Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and two children.
Mrs. Sumitra Acharya has completed her B.A. LLB from Mangalore University in 1997 and her LLM from National Law School of India University in 2000. She worked as a Senior Research Assistant to Ms. Flavia Agnes, Senior Advocate, High Court, Mumbai from 2000 to 2002. She then worked as a Research Assistant for various centers at NLSIU from 2002 to 2006. She assisted the Centre for Women and Law, National Law School of India University, in its UNICEF project to draft a Manual for the Judiciary to combat trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation (accessible at http://wcd.nic.in/Judicial%20Manual.pdf). She has done a Research Work on Reproductive Rights of Women with Disabilities in selected districts of Karnataka and Orissa in 2017-18 as a part of the Research Project undertaken by the Centre for Women and the Law funded by National Commission for Women, New Delhi.
Chetana Koulagi is a social entrepreneur and founder of LetsTagOn, a platform to ‘Tag’ youth to the social development. LetsTagOn offers a digital platform, consulting, and services in the space of volunteering, service learning, probono and volunteering management in collaboration with a wide network of non-profit organizations. Chetana has a Masters in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani and B.Engg. in Computer Science from SDM College of Engg. & Tech. She has 18+ years of IT industry experience with last decade in Infosys. She has been an active volunteer herself for various social causes and professional institutes like Project Management Institute.
Dr. KS Nithyananda Shetty
Dr. Nithyananda Shetty KS is an administrator at Employee State Insurance hospital, Indiranagar, Bengaluru. He did MD DCH PGDAP PFDHR and has specialized knowledge in the field of pediatrics. He has a great interest in adolescent health and Children and Women empowerment. He is the author of two books too.
Pavana is a legal consultant at SASHA. SASHA provides Support against Sexual Harassment to various workplaces to ensure a safe, secure, friendly, and respectful work environment to all employees. She is an accomplished senior professional, with a vast experience in handling Sexual harassment inquiries, POSH counsel, people management and development. She advocates gender equality and is passionate about working towards ungendered environment/culture, starting with workplaces.
Saraswathi. S qualified with the tenth standard. She is currently working as mobilization coordinator. She started her carrier in Munnade as senior field activists in May 2012. She has worked in the garments industry as Checker from 1995-2002, as senior field organizer from 2002-2010 in Cividep India. Saraswathi is well connected with women workers through Self-Help Groups and she inspires women workers to take up leadership. She is good at culinary activities and helps young and energetic activists to reach their goal by motivating them.
Jamuna N. S.
Jamuna N.S qualified with Bachelor of Administration from Bangalore University. Designated as Operations Manager since January 2018. She has worked as volunteer in Samvada, an NGO from 2014-2017 and also as a performer facilitator in “UR/Unreserved”, a theatre-based Project with the support of Maraa Organisation. She is a good public speaker, interested in Politics, literature and pencil sketch. She is much aware of women condition through field and research works which help the organization to build a good strategy for women workers.
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1. Transparency: Munnade will make sure that details of its policies, programs, activities, and finances are accessible to its board members, employees, government, donors, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
2. Free from Corruption: The organization will show zero tolerance to any form of corruption at all levels. Policies and systems will be in place to deal with corruption.
3. Involving its primary stakeholders: As far as possible, the primary stakeholders will be consulted while implementing projects and will be involved to plan, monitor, implement and evaluate the projects.
4. Mutual Respect and Co-operation: Transactions with board members, employees, primary stakeholders, donors, and other stakeholders will be carried out with utmost respect and cooperation.
5. Improving the attitudes, skill, and knowledge: Efforts will be made to train the ED and staff regularly to improve their knowledge. attitudes and skills.
6. Career Growth: A career growth plan will be developed for each and every employee of the organization.
1. Escape to freedom: Empowering women garment workers to enjoy violence free workplace and happy personal life.
2. Enabling socially secure life: Empowering women garment workers to enjoy social security, welfare and government schemes and benefits.
3. Leading the Way to Freedom: Building leaders who will raise their voice against injustice and support co-workers who are facing violence and harassments.
4. Transforming Children into Productive Citizens: Mainstreaming garment workers children (6 to 16 years) through quality education and overall development opportunities.
5. Enabling garment workers to work in peace: Ensuring early childhood care, development and education of garment worker children aged (0-4 years).
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