I have been working with members of riverine communities for quite a number of years now. Most of my work in these communities has revolved around empowerment. I got into this line of work after realizing that members of the said riverine communities are often greatly disadvantaged. Members of riverine communities are, for one, prone to exploitation. And they therefore need to be empowered. Over the years, it has occurred to me that there are several ways in which members of riverine communities can be empowered to be able to fight for their rights.
Empowering members of riverine communities to fight for their rights often entails educating them. The members of riverine communities have to be educated, to understand that they have certain rights. They have to be educated, to understand what those rights are, and how exactly they can go about asserting those rights.
Empowering members of riverine communities to fight for their rights also often entails improving their economic wellbeing. It is worth noting that these often tend to be economically vulnerable people. Most of them lack employable skills — you know, the sorts of skills that would otherwise have seen them formally employed, and thus eligible to receive paychecks through the Securitasepaytalx payroll system. (The said system is part of the wider Securitasepay online HR management system. But many members of riverine communities tend to be low-skill workers: the sorts of people who are unable to benefit from such things. And their economic vulnerability makes it very hard for them to assert their rights. Thus, if one is serious about empowering these people to assert their rights, a starting point has to be in the area of financial empowerment.
At yet another level, empowering members of riverine communities to fight for their rights often entails organizing them politically. To be able to do this effectively, you need to first earn the trust of the members of the riverine communities. But this aspect of political organization is critical, because once the members of a given riverine community are organized into a cogent political constituency, they become very attractive to politicians. And as we all know, the politicians do often have the power to get things done.