WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND GENDER
Gender is a mainstay of Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi work. We firmly believe that while GENDER is often perceived as the favoring of women’s rights and responsibilities, it goes beyond women. Men and women, because of their gender, face different situations that oblige them to acquire different capacities and knowledge while also recognizing that they have different needs and interests. An approach that considers only the situation of women, thus, will not bring about the desired transformation. Since Gender equality can only be achieved when men and women are equally empowered, Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi gives emphasis to level the playing field. It does this by building up women’s social capital and management capabilities and facilitating their empowerment by organizing them into solidarity groups (SHGs). The intervention also extends to building women’s capacity to address their and their children’s concerns through health services and providing personal care advisories, and literacy, numeracy and personality development training. It also actively engages men in creating avenues for effective representation in the decision-making bodies of the village. Additionally, network of institutions of Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi help them acquire livelihood and life skills, by providing them with financial and business development support to start and successfully manage micro-enterprises, creating avenues of access to micro-enterprises. Also creating platform specifically addresses women’s concerns issues, rights and responsibilities to entire development sector. Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi has started WSHGs since 1990, in Gadchiroli & Chandrapur district. Now we are working with 574 SHG’s as self-employment, group employment through women self-help groups (WSHG).
Organization has organized 6133 women in that process. In between that 114 WSHG are credit linkages as per NABARD “A” level ranking. In Addition to this, women have to establish as self-organization joining with 100 WSHGs with 1231 members are involving. Every year they borrow the loan from banks and return on time. It is a feedback received from the bank managers, answered that women are more honest, accountable and efficient towards borrowing and returning loan. Women Empowerment Program believes that the every human being on this earth is equal and should be treated accordingly. Any inequity between men and women will not make us nation. This program purely stands on the right based approached for the women. This program has no funding but only its necessity in the field to address women issues triggered AAA to continuous work on it. This program works in the areas like – Women harassment, Women mobilization through formation of cluster, block and district level federations, creation of awareness among women to increase their participation in Gramsabha and Grampanchyat especially facilitating activities for the economic and social development of the women in society. Cluster and block level federations of the women monitors the government program such as MGNREGS, Ration, Public Health services and other government schemes.
Organization works on that social rights, Political rights, Economic Stability, Judicial Strength and all other rights should be also equal to women. There should be no discrimination between Men & Women. Thus, in order to achieve the status of a developed country, the society needs to transform its immense women force into an effective human resources and this possible only through the empowerment of women. Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to building stronger economies, goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life women, men and communities.
6348 Women organized into 529 SHGS Accomplishments
♦ Emerging community leaders and social activists from the staff
♦ Canalisation of women’s initiatives in socio-economic-political uplift through self-help group movement
♦ Capacity building of community based organizations for implementation to a large extent of their rights for life with dignity
♦ Community recognition for local health traditions, natural resource management and community based rehabilitation approach for persons with disability
♦ Few partner villages advancing towards establishment of local self-government having integrity with and influence over state and union government
♦ Regional campaign/network initiation in particular issues of concerns and resource support group built up including media