Women play an important role in the development of a family and society. From last few decades, they have been actively participating in various economic & social activities, but their efforts remain unrecognized.
In this male-dominating society, they are still subjected to discrimination in the social, economic and educational field.Women are not only managing their families but are also playing an important role in the development of entire society.
Making women aware of their rights and developing confidence in them – is a central issue.
Women Empowerment means giving them freedom or power to live the way they want. It allows them to identify their skills, knowledge & abilities to make their own decisions.
It is a dynamic & growth process for women which includes awareness, attainment & actualization of skills.
For the socio -economic development of any society, women empowerment is essential. It is important for women to identify themselves with self confidence & esteem.
The main aspect of empowerment is to give a sense of internal strength to them – to
control their lives. The confident smile on the faces of women is the measurement of their empowerment.
Women empowerment can be measured on the basis of two levels – Individual & Collective.
SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR WOMEN
Women have shown their ability in community development. Hence, it is important that women be a part of skill development. In India, women are now participating in various areas like – education, art and culture,service sector, sports, politics, media, and science and technology.
They form a substantial part of the workforce- but the working percentage rate of women in the total labor force is declining. A large number of them are
working in the informal sectors. This represents lack of employment opportunities and skills for women workforce.
Currently, a majority of the female workforce in India is unskilled. They can be motivated to develop their life kills – that will give them high paying jobs with better livelihood & confidence to earn for their family.
It will develop their ability & quality to move ahead and be self-dependent. It is observed, that the concept of training and skill development needs to move beyond imparting technical and managerial skills, with more focus on literacy, numeracy, political & life skills.Some skills that training institutes must impart to women empowerment are:
Basic accounting skills
Basic computer skills
Mercy & Grace Charity is focusing for ‘women empowerment’ – which aims to ensure
overall development of women who seek to impart skills to women so that they can stand & support for themselves and gain status within society. On the other side, Mercy & Grace has launched ‘Skill &Talent’ for women empowerment. Their main aim is not only to create employment opportunities for women but also to empower them. They are giving skill training which involves tailoring, embroidery, knitting.and the making of home decoration items.
It is seen, that there is a need for developing gender-responsive strategies for skill development for women –who are no less than men. Empowering women socially, economically, educationally, politically and legally is important for socio-economic development.
Women are capable to manage if given opportunity. They must be
treated with respect, purity, dignity and equal rights. All we need is a concentrated effort focused in the right direction that would rest only with the liberation of women from all forms of evil.
As more and more India moves towards the ‘knowledge economy’, it becomes increasingly important for it to focus on the advancement of the skills and these skills has to be relevant to the emerging economic environment. For transforming its demographic dividend, an efficient skill development system is the need of the hour.
About the Project:
This Project is for the benefit of the poor and needy women & girls, ( widows, abused Women, unemployed Girls and House mothers) who living below the poverty line in backward/remote villages and slums in India. The project aims to equip the women with a skill that will help them to improve their living standards and generate income for their families. Unemployment is a serious issue that leads to many other social problems. The rate of un-employment flies each year, causing in a dangerously
Women Empowerment Skills aim to achieve, create and contribute to Improved employment / self employment opportunities for young girls and women between the age of 18 to 24 years in the remote villages and slums in Andhra Pradesh, India.
The teenage Girls between 18 to 30 years from disadvantaged communities face barriers in joining the formal economy — lack of quality education, skills, social confidence, communication, language and cultural problems and also parental pressure to marry early and keep house, to community pressure to only take ‘respectable jobs’ and limitations on being allowed to travel ‘too far’ from the family.
Learning skills and talents in tailoring to make new model dresses to sell them from house to house and shop to shop to earn sufficient Income to meet pressing needs of their family and educate their children and mainly not depending on others in the community and donors for years. And also, some of the Income will use for social cause at their villages to make a difference.