How do we fight for women’s rights & advocacy?
- We identify the most deserving women (widowed, impoverished, abandoned, physically challenged, low caste, unemployed, etc.) and train them in income-generating skills (Sewing, fashion designing, computer, and typewriting).
- We give them periodical counseling with professionals from the financial, health, family welfare, and social welfare departments.
- Encourage women entrepreneurship by providing assistance for forming self-help groups and availing easy capital loans. — Summary – ‘We provide assistance to vulnerable women by enabling them to start their own ventures. We provide them guidance on how to utilize governmental loans to run successful businesses… ‘ – more
We achieve objective #1 & #2 by forming “Women Center for Training, Advocacy, and Development (WoCTAD)” in the villages where women are in dire need. So far we have served over 94 villages around the district with over 3000 beneficiaries.
Statistics to describe why India needs this project.
“Girls and women routinely bear burdens and atrocity on them, This reflects their unequal status. Promoting income-generating activities of women is the only best solution for this marginalization problem”.
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Disclaimer - We still keep this project live despite Governmental attempts to open such centers, because of the impoversihed women from remote villages. There are at most three Government-run centers at the center of each district and every district in the state is over 2000 sq.km in area. The Government cannot open centers in every village of the country. Hence it is incredibly hard for the beneficiary population to travel far. SHAPE takes its projects to the population.
Tiruvannamalai district lies in a rain shadowed area and so repeatedly affected by severe droughts. The literacy rate is just 48% and the same is far below among the women and girl children. The infrastructure facilities on health, industries, education, training, communication, art and culture, banking cum credit facilities, etc.,. are not adequate and need to be improved in conformity with the growth of population.
Agriculture is the main occupation and has no proper irrigational facilities. The weather is mostly dry and hot throughout the year. Poverty is one of the problems which affect the entire population of the district, one way or the other. Most of the women in the villages are agro dependent, vulnerable, and badly restricted and suppressed by socio-economic and cultural factors. Several initiatives have been taken by SHAPEngo to change their situation. Girl child education is being emphasized. Two hundred women self-help groups have been formed and successfully functioning in different villages. Microcredit and saving system, Revolving funding, Vocational training, skill development, legal counseling and aid, training on Entrepreneurship, marketing, creation of kitchen gardens, consumption of natural gas, family planning and education on native medicine are some of the significant programs implemented so far in ninety-four villages of Tiruvannamalai. Many thousands of women and girl children are getting befit of the above programs.