Education and Health for Women's Empowerment

Various studies, as well as our experience, have shown that when we work towards women empowerment, the whole society benefits. But unfortunately in India, far from empowering women, most are denied even their basic rights like health, education of girls for women empowerment, employment and a respectable status in society.

According to a recent UNDP Human Development Report, India has a dangerously imbalanced sex ratio, the chief reason being rampant female infanticide and sex-selective abortions.

Swabhiman, meaning self-respect in English, was initiated in 2005 to address these challenges through a simple yet effective approach. The programme is specifically aimed at realization of both individual and collective self-esteem and inner strength for marginalised and socially excluded women and adolescent girls through innovative community practices.

A tailor-made strategy called the '4 S Model' has been developed under Swabhiman, the women empowerment programme. The ‘4 S Model’ is an acronym for four novel approaches, namely Seeking Healthcare as a Behaviour, Support for Education, Supporters through Male Involvement, and Sustaining the Change in Communities.

The programme identifies adolescent girls and women from the community and develops them into Change Agents, who in turn actively contribute to the community mobilization process.

So far, Swabhiman through women's education empowerment program and health programmes has successfully made a difference to the lives of over 560,000 women and girl children.

What We Did Last Year

0ver 60,000 women and girl children were benefitted and empowered through various interventions under the Swabhiman programme

Over 100 women and adolescent girls were trained to be “change agents” to further serve as Community Health Educators, Health Volunteers and Peer Educators in their communities

More than 10500 girls and women received health care support at their door step. Many more were provided with adequate knowledge of reproductive and sexual health issues.

Educational support was provided to 606 underprivileged girls for secondary and senior secondary education through full scholarships

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