Women’s Empowerment Program
Despite some remarkable achievements at individual and project level made by our women beneficiaries, some where we felt that they lack motivation and encouragement to scale up their project activities and to craft their own individuality. It was observed during our field work that women from leprosy background also face typical conservative attitudes. They lack motivation and individuality to craft their own space/ identity within their family and larger community. They too bear extra burden. And at the rural level, the mindset is different hence there is need for greater attention.
Considering the challenges, SILF took the initiative to provide them an opportunity to think about themselves, their personal- professional career and contribute their learning’s and experience towards the development of their community.
The project is conceptualised as enable them realize their potentials. Move a step forward in improving family management, scaling up family livelihood and earn recognition through mainstreaming. Provide a platform where wide range of important issues can be addressed and discussed concerning their personal lives and their community’s development at large
In 2015- 2016, as planned under SILF’s Livelihood Program, 1st set of workshop was conducted in two phases in Dec 2015 & March 2016. SILF invited 20 women from Odisha, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka& West Bengal. These women have successfully participated and have now developed their capacities as Agents of Change/ Community Leaders who will be educating others in their respective colonies/ clusters.
SILF is working towards building these women’s capacities in developing linkages and have their own network to take up issues relating to their development on their own.
SILF will continue this work and is planning to reach out to a larger population to train, educate, empower & widen the exposure and capacities of the women from leprosy background. This will also promote transformative learning process to understand and address the community development issues better and to help them evolve their own individuality/ future leaders.