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Women Empowerment

Gender Equality.....................

Women empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, gender or economic strength of individuals and communities of women. Women’s empowerment in India is heavily dependent on many different variables that include geographical location (urban / rural) educational status social status (caste and class) and age. Policies on Women’s empowerment exist at the national, state and local (Panchayat) levels in many sectors, including health, education, economic opportunities, gender based violence and political participation. However there are significant gap between policy advancements and actual practice at the community level.

Empowerment of women is essentially the process of upliftment of economic, social and political status of women, the traditionally underprivileged ones, in the society.. Women empowerment involves the building up of a society, a political environment, wherein women can breathe without the fear of oppression, exploitation, apprehension, discrimination and the general feeling of persecution which goes with being a woman in a traditionally male dominated structure

Women constitute almost 50% of the world’s population but India has shown disproportionate sex ratio whereby female’s population has been comparatively lower than males. As far as their social status is concerned, they are not treated as equal to men in all the places.

PECUC focuses on girls & women empowerment with gender sensitive approach in all its actions, interventions, projects & programmes. Women organization & women voice visible in all projects and programmes ,Protecting women from violence & abuses in all field project areas ,Political participation of women is prominently visible in all field project areas ,economic independence opportunities is available to all women in the operational areas of PECUC, access of all women to reproductive health rights are assured, empowered women’s participation in decision making processes has become a reality in field project areas of PECUC , Women groups & networks developed in all field project villages/ gram panchayats of PECUC,Self-help groups & skill up-gradation programmes are operational in all field project locations facilitating economic empowerment of women, Establish community level structures and systems to ensure: ,Incidences of violence against women and abuses substantially reduced, All girl children, young women, pregnant & lactating mother are assured of adequate nutrition & health care services, Fundamental & basic rights of education, survival, protection, development & participation are secured for all women , Ensure Gender parity and justice in all programmes and actions, PECUC to develop and implement specific programmes to combat violence against girls and women, promote Reproductive Health rights and undertake capacity building programmes to empower women ,Vocational Training/Skill training to women SHGs & other unskilled and semi-skilled groups for livelihood generation and economic empowerment, Counselling/Support to victim of Violence, disaster ,Legal Education, Integration women issues in all projects and programmes, Promoting compulsory marriage registration .

Diversity and Socio-culturally Sensitive Approach through Dialogue and Collaboration In order to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. A collective look at the factors that influence the success of PECUC in serving the needs of poor women include: holistic and integrated approach ,Alternative approaches, innovative methods, a focus on women’s issues, committed leadership, motivated staff and volunteers, faster response rates, flexibility, context specific programs and services, and innovative strategies.



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