Women Empowerment

By , February 8, 2010 10:56 pm

Women’s Economic Empowerment through Vocational Training & Self Employment:

Women, especially of marginalized sections, have not actively participated in their own emancipation due to their lack of economic independence and rampant illiteracy. AROH Foundation addresses this important issue of women’s empowerment in Delhi, NOIDA and Greater NOIDA by raising their status through economic empowerment and education.

womenGautambuddh Nagar District has some of the most backward villages in UP. In these villages of up to 5,000 population, there are no high schools, no private schools, no primary health sub-centers, and no postal services. Roads, water supply, drainage and communication network are inadequate to augment economic development. Child labor is rampant in these socially backward areas. Population statistics clearly indicate that quality education is out of the reach of the poor and marginalized irrespective of their innate potential. Women are often exploited by their communities. They have very little voice and no knowledge or means of improving their social and economic status.

In the villages of the area, the caste system is deeply entrenched. The lower caste colonies are ostracized and basic facilities are denied to them. Gender biases are very evident in the preferential treatment given to the male child.

Rural folk find it difficult to travel to these cities in search of jobs. The average family income level is below the poverty line. Poor women, especially from backward communities and lower castes, are mostly illiterate, untrained, and have very little social and economic status. In the villages adopted by AROH, a great majority of them belonging to these deprived sections of the society. Without meaningful skills, social status, and economic power, they are unable to do any business on their own even with financial assistance.

We have devised an intervention for empowering poor and socially deprived women in our target areas. The key activities are as follows:

  • Training in an area where the women have natural abilities and understanding (for example, farming and cattle rearing)
  • Training in skills like sewing and tailoring, embroidery and handicraft-making, etc
  • Creation of financial assets through savings and thrift societies
  • Sharing of resources such as wells, tractor, etc. among several households
  • Provide a central support point that addresses concerns, difficulties, know-how, etc.
  • Access to information and markets
  • Only when these requirements can be met, we believe poor illiterate rural women can be expected to turn into entrepreneurs.

Members of the village panchayat have been with the project from its planning stage. The community of beneficiaries, particularly poor rural women, have been involved in planning and implementation of the project.

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