Capacity 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.
Through a series of focused training workshops, Project Shaksham aims to bridge this gap between representation and participation, in the process churning out empowered and effective leaders and decision makers. Effective communication skills, leadership skills, gender sensitization, awareness of government policies and programmes – these are just some of the topics the workshops will cover.
Additionally, follow‐ups to the workshops will focus on helping women plan and implement programmes in their jurisdiction, while also putting them in touch with other EWRs group that can mentor and motivate them.