Gujarat Consultation Meet
Although Gujarat is an economically developed state, it lags behind most of its peers in terms of health and social indicators. Data also points to higher prevalence of child marriage and many young mothers between the ages of 15 and 19.
A two-day consultation meeting was organised by SAHAJ in Vadodara on 3rd and 4th April with the aim of making SDG monitoring a collective agenda in the state of Gujarat and working towards preparing a Civil Society Report. The event was attended by over 50 participants, including representatives from grassroots organisations and women’s organisations, academicians, and government officers.
Representatives from organisations such as ANANDI, Peace and Equality Cell, Disability Advocacy Group, CHETNA, SEWA Rural, Lakshya Trust and others made presentations about their experiences in the field, providing invaluable insight into the various issues with regard to meeting selected SDG targets. Affordability in healthcare, discrimination in healthcare against LGBTQ community and disabled people, rights of surrogate mothers and rising child sexual abuse were discussed as top priorities.
All participants agreed on pushing towards a public domain for budgetary suggestions and drawing up a Civil Society Report that could be used as a means to conduct dialogue with local government officials.
Full report of the consultation meet is attached below.