- We are a mother's unwavering support
- We are an elder's quiet strength
- We are the steely determination in the eyes of a woman challenged
- We are the buoyant optimism of a young graduate
- We are Udaan
Udaan believes that a holistic approach is the only way to address the deep-rooted causes of gender issues as well as their multitudinal effect on all aspects of life. We therefore adopt a multi-pronged approach that includes planning and implementation of focused programmes at a micro level as well as research and policymaking at a macro level.
Why women focus
If a woman's life and her socio-economic and political progress are considered markers of a society's own progress, India falls woefully short.
We at Udaan believe that ensuring the fundamental rights of all women is crucial not just for their benefit, but for the benefit of the country as a whole. The importance of gender equity in all aspects is further highlighted by the fact that gender parity and women empowerment has been cited as a UN Millenium Development Goal for the role it plays in alleviation of poverty.
What we do
Our belief in a holistic approach to women's empowerment translates into a multi-pronged approach with a range of projects designed to address the many issues women face in various facets of their life.
Project ShakshamCapacity Building of Elected Women Representatives at Panchayati Raj Institutions. The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, which strengthens women’s representation in local governance by offering 33% reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions, has seen more than a million women being elected at the village, block and district levels. While this noteworthy Amendement has led to an undeniable increase in representation, it has failed to translate that representation into effective participation. Read more
Economic Empowerment through Skill Development. Economic empowerment is a crucial component of women’s empowerment, and one that can be achieved in rural India through vocational training and skill development initiatives. Ensuring that women play a more active role in contributing to the economy is important not only because of the benefits to the country and community, but to individuals and families as well. Read more
Sexual and Reproductive Health . Violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights are frequent and take many forms including denial of access to services that are essential to maintain the health of women. Subjecting women’s access of services ‐ often of poor quality ‐ to third party authorization are also common occurrences, as are performances of procedures like forced sterilization, virginity examinations, and abortions without the woman’s consent. Read more
Project VidyaEducation and Adult Literacy . The Census of 2011 revealed that the literacy rate in India stands at 72.99%, with male literacy at 80.89% and female literacy at a dismal 64.4%. The situation is worse still in rural areas where the overall literacy stands at 67.67% with rural male literacy at 77.15% and rural female literacy at 57.93%. These figures mean that more than 282.59 million individuals continue to be illiterate in India. Read more
Project ShaktiAddressing Violence against Women. Recent data from the National Crime Records Bureau suggests that crimes against women have more than doubled over the last ten years. Domestic violence has been found to be the most reported crime with 10 cases being reported every hour. India reports 3 rapes, 3 cases of kidnapping and abduction and 5 cases of molestations – every hour. Studies conducted in 2011 found that more than 66% of the women surveyed had been sexually harassed between two to five times in a year. The rate of violence against women is undeniably alarming, prompting many to term it an “epidemic.” Read more
Gender Sensitization. A lot of the issues women face today can be traced back to deeply entrenched patriarchal views as well as a lack of understanding about gender and its impact on social, political and economic rights. Udaan’s Project Perinaya looks at dismantling and questioning harmful long term beliefs and superstitions that have thus far held women back from reaching their full potential. Read more
First Gender Sensitisation workshop held for students and teachers in school.
A gender sensitisation workshop was held t in Guru Nanak Public school in Rudrapur by Rupinder Kaur Bhalla, the Director of Udaan. The workshop was attended by 130 students and 30 teachers. The objective of the workshop was to create awareness about the origin and effects of gender inequality and gender discrimination. Through a participative and interactive method, the students were made aware that gender is learnt through the practices in society and culture. It is not fixed. It can be changed. They were made aware that because of gender inequality and gender discrimination in the society and we are facing problems like female infanticide, violence against women, female illiteracy, high infant mortality rates for girls and domestic violence. These all problems are increasing violence in society which is effecting men and women both. The participants were urged to work to change their attitude and behaviour towards ensuring gender equal and just society and work for a violence free society. The teachers were made aware how their unbiased attitude towards boys and girls can help in achieving a gender -just, equitable and humane society.
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