Urban Health Resource Centre's practical experiences shared at Urban Thinkers Campus on Health and Wellbeing
Convened by United Nations University IIGH,
Ignited slum community groups engage as active citi-zens, negotiate collaboratively for equity and access to contribute to better urban governance .
i) Trained, empowered slum women’s groups and cluster-level teams of slum women’s groups gives stronger voice and greater negotiation power.
ii) Increase Access to Govt. Address Proof and Picture ID: During Apr 2013 gave legitimacy to urban informal settlement families– Mar 2015: 20,000 persons benefited from Govt. proof of address and Picture ID
iii) Empowered women facilitate reduction in alcoholism, domestic violence against women, enhance caring capacity of woman, family, improved social support. With over 125 million women among urban vulnerable in India, women-power has immense potential towards improved health, social justice, wellbeing.
iv) Trained slum community groups pull regular outreach health Services by Government providers in Migrant, other Deprived clusters
v) With training, mentoring, hand-holding support community groups engage in gentle, tactful negotiation through collective written petitions/requests to officers of Municipal Authorities, Nutrition Dept, Electricity Dept. Disadvantaged communities actively participate in governance, collaborate for equity, justice, access: maintain paper trail, persevere with tact (including tea + biscuits, polite thank you) to achieve “Right to the City”.
vi) Slum youth-children groups emerging as ‘Force Gen-next’: With continual mentoring, motivation Youth-children groups in slums improve their own lives; contribute to their communities in tangible ways, bring more vigour and joy to ‘ignite the senses”. It is noteworthy that there are 150 million youth 15-32 yr, 125 million 10-24 yr in urban India
vii) Spatial City and Neighborhood Mapping helps make invisible, voiceless poverty clusters and recent migrants, weaker families visible and their social inclusion.
viii) Let us Build Human Capability, Expertise, Ignite Action & Engagement, Collaborative efforts and Resilience of Urban Excluded, Deprived Citi-zens, and to bounce forward, prevent their learning to survive in impoverishment Let us translate words into real action towards inclusive, socially just cities.