Sanjeevani Welfare Foundation strongly believes that women should have equal socio-economic, cultural and political opportunities as men. With this ideology in mind, a successful attempt was made to achieve a 50:50 ratio for both genders.
While doing research, it was discovered that gender discrimination was rampant in UP and Bihar. Not only were the women in the region uneducated and unemployed, but were also given no say in the decision making processes that included them and their family.
To combat this increasingly alarming issue, Sanjeevani started a comprehensive a Self Help Groups. The programme began with five villages and three groups consisting of 25 members. Through sheer diligence and determination, the project has now expanded to cover more than 4500 women in all 52 villages of Uttar Pradesh.
A five-fold strategy was used to bring about this tremendous change –
- Provide market oriented vocational skill training to women and adolescent girls.
- Commitment to help mothers of children, who are attending educational classes, and involve them in saving, thrift and credit, skill training and income generation activities.
- Integration of adult literacy with skill training and income generation or making literacy a precondition for skill training and income generation activities.
- Development of leadership within the communities and linking them with government and non-government facilities.
- Generation of awareness among common people through involving women from project locations.
LAST YEAR’S IMPACT
- Women empowerment program benefitted more than 4500 people directly.
- Women empowerment conducted in more than 52 villages.