W for Whistling Women #AtoZChallenge

What do you think of men who whistle?

Eve teasers. Right?

And the women who do that?

Adam teasers. If that is some phrase known to womankind.

You know throughout this challenge, equality has been the voice around. But if the whistles were for a cause and help achieve better health, what would you say of that?

Innovative. Period.

So, according to census 2011, 85.9 per cent households in rural Odisha do not have a toilet. The national average stands at 69.3 per cent which means this state is not in a good shape. Open defecation leads to diseases, unhygienic conditions and then add how unsafe it gets for women.

Women in this small district of Odisha took matters into their own hands and started patrolling the area. Armed with whistles, early in the morning and during the night, they blow whistles to alert people of their arrival. This encourages a dialogue and then the idea to build toilets so that one wouldn’t have to go to relieve themselves out in the open.

Of course, there are those who don’t listen and still prefer the fields. These women went the extra mile and found a solution. They started planting Tulsi, the Indian basil that is worshipped by many. Now one cannot defecate near Tulsi so they had to move out of the area. Yes, there are efforts to build toilets and as these villages are poor; tender applications, construction, contractors and top all that with approvals from authorities take time. Meanwhile, these women have found distant areas so that the unhygienic conditions do not impact the village.

These women are leading the change from the front and confronting those who are reluctant to change for good. You don’t need the right settings to do something positive and these women exemplify that idea.


I am blogging from A to Z during April  and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts.

18 Responses

  1. rajlakshmi says:

    Wow the women are ingenious … their ideas and methods to solve the problem is what we need today. Why can’t the govt hire them for betterment of the villages. It would be so amazing when these women have some more power in their hands.

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  2. Soumya says:

    Toilets should be made a basic right, I tell you!

    Hats Off to these women for doing this!
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  3. It’s a superb initiative. Innovative!
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  4. Stephanie says:

    Very innovative way for women to come together to make change!
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  5. Shilpa Garg says:

    Hats off to these women. By building toilets and ending open defecation, these women are bringing about a big change and positive impact on the health, safety, education, prosperity and dignity of a lot of children and women in India.

  6. Geets says:

    I, for one, love women who whistle.. I know, it’s weird, but I do 😉

    And that’s really an incredible job these women did!

    Cheers

  7. Kala Ravi says:

    This is so amazing! Whisling Women! What an idea Madamji! Hope Modiji’s promise to make a Swachh Bharat comes true and redeems the plight of lakhs of women forced to defecate in the open.
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  8. A good initiative. It seems unimaginable that we have got our priorities so wrong that nearly half the female population of a country touting superpower status are forced to defecate in the open
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  9. Love this! Dropped by from the A2Z Challenge and am glad I did!

  10. Hammad Rais says:

    Very brave initiative by these women. I salute them!!

  11. Rekha says:

    Wow! That’s indeed innovative. I loved your theme for A-Z. Haven’t been reading regularly as the challenge has left my reader choked making it unable for me to decide which ones to read and which not. 🙂
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  12. NJ says:

    You have done great job writing about the real causes on this challenge 🙂 I read most of them but once the challenge get over i will go through all of them again 🙂 Thanks for sharing such useful information 🙂 Rightly said change comes with an attitude 🙂

  13. Kalpanaa says:

    This is an incredible initiative. I’m so proud of these women.

  14. Shalini says:

    Mind blowing! I’m in awe! What an incredible thing to do!
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  15. The seethi ushering into social change is a positive concept for healthy and decent living. Glad to read about it:)

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  16. Bellybytes says:

    Amazing way to bring about social change . One village in Maharashtra had women garlanding drunks with slippers and this stopped alcoholism while closer home , a brothel was shut down by the women in the neighbourhood by deflating the tyres of the clients and other methods that inconvenienced them.

  1. May 1, 2016

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