AWAJ - Leadership
Building women’s leadership at grassroots level
Increased legislations and protection policies of the GOI, specifically for the poor, marginalized and women have become very powerful tools for demanding accountability and transparency from the state machinery and have created space at the grass root level for civil society members to become active. In addition, every state has introduced very specific schemes to address rural poverty. In addition, targeted policies are being implemented as an outcome of national mission agendas such as Education for All, Health for all etc. This is primarily to fulfill the national commitment to MDGs.
50% percent reservation of seats for women in the state a good number of women have been elected in the panchayati raj institutions. However it has been observed that women are still not able to voice their concerns and participate without fear. Therefore it is imperative to promote participation of women in the decision making processes at the village council level and make them aware of the importance of planning participatory for the development of the village.
JRCT is working with women’s collectives in 65 villages to prepare a cadre of active women to work as vigilance and monitoring agents at the Panchayat level. The crucial task is to track the performance record of various state agencies and to develop a people centered mechanism to address the gap between the policy and its implementation.