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  Women Empowerment  

Women are one of the most disadvantaged groups in India as they are discriminated against males from birth till death. Though banned, female foeticide is the order of the day as is revealed by ever declining sex ratio. Once born, girls are discriminated in nutrition, health, education and clothing. Once they grow up, they are often subjected to violence of all sorts like burning of young brides for bringing ‘insufficient’ dowry, deaths of women in abnormal circumstances, rape of hapless women, molestation of young girls, etc. If a woman is lucky enough not to be victim of violence, then definitely she has lack of access and control over resources. The situation is particularly worrisome in Western Uttar Pradesh, considered to be developed by all.

GNA is making all out efforts to improve upon the situation of women.  As the primary reason for the rather dismal state of women is lack of awareness, the organisation is making concerted efforts to create awareness among them. Camps are regularly organised for creating awareness among the women, particularly on the issues they confront in their daily lives. Special emphasis is given on the health related including reproduction and family planning. Attempts are made to ensure that women from disadvantaged groups like Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes are benefited from these awareness camps.

Education is another mean of creating better informed women. For this primary level education is imparted to adolescent girls and women in the age group 15 to 35 years. These are the girls and women who have missed formal education in their childhood and are eager to complete their primary level education. While selecting the beneficiaries, priority is given to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes.

Vocational training are organised to develop skills of women in trades like embroidery, tailoring, durrie making, jute bag making, pearl making, etc. As in case of awareness generation and education here too priority is given to women belonging to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. After successful training, eligible and willing women are arranged finance through financial institutions for starting their ventures.

To further grant access to resources to women, self help groups of women are being formed through two projects:

  • The project is supported by Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK). The RMK has provided interest free loan of Rs 1.00 lakh to GNA for this. As on March 31, 2007, 66 SHGs in 24 villages with a total membership of 676 women have been formed. Necessary capacity building training have been provided to these groups and handholding support is available on their demand.
  • The second project is Swarna Jayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SJGSY). Eight SHGs have been formed in Gangiri development block of Aligarh district and these include six groups exclusively of women. These groups have been provided Rs 25,000 each from the District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) and four groups have been sanctioned Rs 2.5 lakh each.

Women learning tailoring

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