Rizwana’s parents are divorced and have grown up under a continuous stress. She was only two years old when her father divorced her mother. She is now living with her grandparents and pursuing graduation in Arts. Her income is mainly dependent on sozni work

Rizwana is now a member of Self Help Group which was formed and facilitated by HELP Foundation in 2017. She is a registered artisan and is eligible for the schemes available through the department of Handicrafts.

HELP Foundation has organised scores of Training & Awareness Programmes for the HBWs. However, Rizwana could relate the programme on legal aid awareness where the advocate informed the participants that they can take the help of courts to secure justice for themselves and their families. In this regard, Rizwana went a step ahead and enquired if there is any provision under law where in a father is supposed to bear the expenses of their children, even if the parents are divorced.

Rizwana was having some problem in filling Marriage Assistance application form on the grounds that her father is a government employee. It was only after the intervention by Team PIE that she successfully filled her marriage assistance form in the Social Welfare Department.

Rizwana is of the opinion that HBWs like her are always being exploited by middleman who provide raw material (Shawls) to them against certain fixed terms and conditions. But, after finishing embroidery, the middlemen provide a meagre amount to the workers while a major chunk is deducted citing various lame excuses. She, however, is aware that the middlemen do it on purpose as a means of exploitation who go on to sell these finished products at higher price. She is very adamant to change this scenario by empowering herself.

She knew that she has to fight on various fronts to secure her future and her siblings and is highly motivated to file a case in the court against her father for financial assistance laid down under legal provisions, Marriage Assistance application follow up and a major front against the middlemen to secure her rights.

She is hopeful that her stand will help in a long way in improving the economic, social and physical conditions of all such HBWs. Moreover working in a group does help these workers to share their stories and become a motivation force for others to fight for their rights.

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