Even though India is trying to move away from a male-dominated culture, discrimination against women is still rampant both in rural as well as urban areas, and throughout all strata of society. It is quite visible in Tamil Nadu. It manifests itself in various forms, like sex selection of the child before birth, neglect of the female child after birth resulting in higher post-natal mortality. It shows up in child marriages, poor access to quality education and health care for girls, in domestic violence and human trafficking.
Discrimination of girls and women hinders them from recognizing their own worth and potential. It excludes them from benefiting equally from higher quality education and participation in labor and development process. Therefore, empowerment of girls and women is crucial, also for forming leaders for tomorrow and the developing communities.
Thus, we focus on quality education and skilling programs, that not only care equally for girls and boys but are highly relevant to empowerment of women for self-reliant and self-sustainable lives.
Gender inequality in education shows up at the graduation level in schools. While at primary and lower secondary levels, figures of successful graduation are mostly equal for both genders, we see a significantly lower number of females graduating at higher secondary, vocational training and college levels. The majority of working women can be found in the agricultural and informal sector with low income and often hidden discriminations. Girls and women are still systematically subjected to violence, says the UNDP report. And men hold the important positions and take decisions that women are obliged to follow.
The better educated the women are, the better they care for their children and families; educated women are also more likely to claim their rights. Very often women cannot rely on their husband’s income. But the money they earn by themselves is directly beneficial to their families. Micro-credit schemes take into account that women are reliable clients and sensible entrepreneurs if they are given a chance. Therefore, our development program focuses on self-help groups and microcredit – programs, workshops and awareness programs on women-related issues that encourage and empower women to participate in various sectors of life.
Conducting self help groups we make women aware of their rights, skill them in non-formal vocational training’s and enhance their capacity to start professional lives.
We run them in Basin Bridge in Chennai, in Pollur and other places in slum and rural areas of Tamil Nadu aiming to
In our higher secondary schools, technical schools and in colleges we promote gender equality and support girls and women in their efforts to lead purposeful lives.
In our primary and higher secondary schools, technical schools and in colleges we promote gender equality and support girls and women in their efforts to lead purposeful lives.