Empowerment of women has three strategies. First is ‘self –help for building the means of production’. Women from communities are organized based on the concept of self- help to build the means of production for themselves. This is in convergence with the National policy for development.
As members of self help groups, women from the community are enabled to build their credit capacities. Based on the credit capacity built, they progress to the next stage of formation of their own capital. Means of production consists of capital, technology and labor. The women in community are enabled to build their means of production through self help so that they can come out of their poverty line and continue their self- help efforts toward ‘prosperity building for quality of life’
The second is ‘collective strength for participation’. Women in communities to create the spaces for their participation in the matters of community and society need the strength of collectivity. This is enabled through the identity of ‘group’ and ‘federation of groups’. Membership in the group provides the power of collectivity for the individual woman to address discrimination, violence and vulnerability brought on her due to the gender stereotype of society. Participation in local administration of Panchayats and application of legal provisions such as violence against women is done by women in community due to their strength of collectivity.
The third is ‘cross cutting of gender’ in all the developmental interventions. As part of cross cutting equal proportion of men: women are maintained in all project processes and planned benefits of projects. Committees have equal representation of women. In needs assessment of society, gender and strategic practical needs of women are taken into consideration.
Empowerment of women is based on the perspective that the woman is the functional representative of the social institution of family. The socio- economic self reliance of woman as an individual leads to the economic self reliance of the family. The rights and entitlements for women in community lead to rights and entitlements of the community to which the women belongs.
The women help line covers women subjected to violence and vulnerability. Family and marital disputes are referred to the family counseling center which is run by VIKASANA
Awareness program for womens helpline
Awareness program for Aganavadi teachers about women helpline at Muduganduru Mandya
Awareness program for Aganavandi workers at Tubinakere Mandya
Value Addition of Coconut Leaf Broom By SHG Groups