Education and Skills Training to Ensure Economic Justice for Women in India

India is the world’s largest democracy. The country is considered a leader in many areas of science and technology and has seen a great amount of growth in recent years.

Despite this positive economic wave, millions of Indians still live in extreme poverty. They are have no job skills or training, live in precarious conditions and are considered second-class citizens. Women, unfortunately, are a big part of this group. They suffer from the lack of equal rights and are often subject to violence inside and outside of their homes.

The Good Shepherd Sisters have had a stable presence in India for more than 10 years and have led several successful projects, including the creation of a shelter for at-risk girls in Andhra Pradesh.

Now their latest project “Empowerment of Vulnerable Women through Human Rights & Economic Development in India” will contribute to the economic, social and political empowerment of women, in particular Dalit and Tribal women in Garratola (Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh), Amravathi and Managalagiri (Guntur, Andhra Pradesh), Mulkalapally (Khammam, Telangana) and Sandanapalaya (Chamarajnagar, Karnakata). In these areas, women have limited economic means to sustain themselves and their families.

Thanks to international donor Misean Cara, this project is expected (in a 3-year-period) to provide education on human rights, skills training and business development activities for 750 women. A group of 300 men are also expected to benefit. 

This project is the result of strategic planning conducted in September 2014 in which the GSS of India identified “economic justice” as one of the most urgent needs of women currently served by existing programs. They found that if they worked towards economic justice they could reduce discrimination and gender-based violence, increase self-esteem and participation of the women at community level. The issues of gender equality and the environment will also be addressed by this project.

The new Mission Development Office in the region will manage the project and provide technical assistance and capacity building to local coordinators in regards to data management, accounting and reporting.

Stay tuned for more details as this project will get underway later this year. In the interim to learn more contact us here  and to donate directly click here.