The hunger project(thp)
STRENGTHENING FEDERATION OF ELECTED WOMEN LEADERS
The central aim has been to bring elected women representatives into the center state of local governance and development processes to place their respective concersn at the centre of village, taluka, district level planning, budgeting, etc. although with the reservation of women the visibility of socially marginalized sections of the society in the elected local bodies has improved, whether these groups are effective in voicing their own interests remain to be seen. Caste and class issues definitely play a major factor in determining position access and decision-making ability. It is clear that decentralization process has provided representation, but representation does not necessarily mean participation. It was seen often EWRs act as proxy for men’s views. After several years it is big challenge for women to function in formal spaces, dominated, as they are by
men. Women still face considerable handicaps to their involvement in politics; for example inadequate education, the burden of reproductive and productive roles, lack of financial independence or control of assets and the opposition of entrenched cultural religious views. There are cases where the women are forced to contest by the male members of their families. On the other hand, families and community have no confidence in them.
The workshop provided inputs to the newly elected women representatives on the process of formulation of a federation and its other important aspects. The EWRs to act as a pressure group so that they raise and address issues of panchayats.The federation workshops shall realize the strength of a federation. This shall enable the EWRs to act as a pressure group so that they raise and address issues of panchayats. These FBWs shall facilitate the EWRs to gain clarity on the collective strength to address issues of development works as well as those of social justice and women’s political and human rights. Federation building workshops were organized at block level.
Buland Pratinidhi Ki Buland Awaaz
It was like a big day for us when EWRs spoke out about the problems of their region and about herself. Making them loud was not
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