Skill Training and 'Economic Empowerment'

Tailoring Class: Women being trained to make ladies dresses

Mera Sahara, Noida
Weaving & Dari Making for Economic empowerment


Regular gender sensitisation programmes are conducted for community workers, grassroot government functionaries, police personnel, those in authority in the public and private sector, NGO administrators, etc. The methodology used for this training is prepared by JWP.

Training is conducted for JWP staff including school teachers and those responsible for the functioning of the education and care centres.

Systematic skill training programmes in computer use, tailoring and embroidery are conducted for girls in the age group of 12 to 20 years in the slums to provide an alternative to domestic work. Training is also imparted to young women to become health workers and on nutritious cooking.

Skill Training and Adult Education for the Community Women

Empowerment of women through adult literacy and skill training continues with same commitment.

M/s. Usha International Ltd., conducted a 7-day course, under their scheme 'Usha Silai School' for our community women. Women trained under the scheme have received free sewing machines at the end of the capsule course. The certificate enables them to start a tailoring centres and stitch clothes on order. This self-reliance skill training has trained 12 women and they in turn will continue to train many young women in their own community.

Our durry making programme is continuing with two new projects. One project is to weave durries for clothes factories who have requested us provide them with small durrys, and another in Kausani,Uttarakhand where single women/ mothers and widows are being taught to make durries for sale in the market. The Uttarakhnad project aims to develop skill along with adult literacy and awareness programmes and follow the JWP pattern for empowerment of women, children and the community. The regular meetings provide a platform for discussion on local problems and individual needs.

Mehka Aangan, Faridabad is monitored by Kiran Arora. The programme covers 7 resettlement colonies. Regular skill training of tailoring and adult education, legal knowledge are carried out.

Women are given awareness on basic legal procedures to be followed for divorce, and maintenance, how to file a First Information Report with the police when faced with domestic violence. When a complaint is lodged with the police, the contents the applicants need to cover under these procedures are discussed and taught during their community meetings.Domestic violence and sexual harassment in the work place are constant occurrences. With minority women, special attention is paid for imparting information pertaining to their personal laws and how to use the family courts to address their complaints. Meetings on Decision Making. A major area of concern is to make women useful functionaries for the Panchayat raj system. With several States having 50% reserved seats for women it has become essential for JWP to create women leaders who can actively participate in the Gram Panchyat.

Halishahar Women's Programme, West Bengal,
runs a programme for the education of community children. This is managed by Shri. Ajay Mazumdar. He has recently plans to extend his programme for children living on the railway lines. This area consists of migrants who are extremely poor and are mostly involved in rag picking and begging. The children often become prey to trafficking for prostitution and forced labour. The programme primarily emphasizes education, health intervention, legal rights and skill training for the women such as sewing and doll making and marketing.

Occasional meetings are held with women and community members to inform them about new policies of the Government policies and how to use them.