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Krantijyoti- A Project for Empowerment of Rural Elected Women Representatives of Maharashtra


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The Krantijyoti project is an initiative of the State Election Commission, Maharashtra towards empowerment of rural elected women representatives of Maharashtra. It involves a 3 day non residential …

The Krantijyoti project is an initiative of the State Election Commission, Maharashtra towards empowerment of rural elected women representatives of Maharashtra. It involves a 3 day non residential training programme with an informal paper free training module that involves imparting knowledge through games, songs, role plays etc.

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  • 1. Presents
  • 2. A Project forEmpowerment of Women Councilors in Local Self Government
  • 3. TOTAL POPULATION 112,372,972RURAL 61,545,441 (54.77%)URBAN 50,827,531 (45.23%)
  • 4. LOCAL BODIES Total No. Total No. Total No. Of Bodies Of Seats Of Women SeatsZILLA PARISHAD 33 1,955 978PANCHAYAT SAMITIS 351 3,910 1,955GRAM PANCHAYATS 27,896 1,97,338 18,669 TOTAL 28,280 2,03,203 21,602
  • 5.  Implemented LokayuktaSystem.(1971) Employment Guarantee Scheme.(1972) Drafted Women’s Policy. (1994) 50 % Women Reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions. (2011) Implemented Mahila Sabha. (An All Women Gram Sabha) (2011)
  • 6. * According to The Constitution of India, The State Election Commission is assigned with the responsibility of conducting the elections of local Self Government Bodies in* On 21st April,2011, the Maharashtra Government has implemented the policy of 50 percent reservation for women in the Local Self Government bodies.
  • 7. Current Status: 50% reservation for Elected Women Representative’s(EWRS) is of NO USEUNLESS the women are armed with competence & knowledge of governance.
  • 8. Women are elected for namesake,except a few exceptions.Otherwise, by and large, Backseat drivingfor women is done by their husbands or byany other powerful man in the village.
  • 9. 1. Their educational standard is not very high.2. The EWRS are bogged down by social, political and family pressures.3. They are constrained by superstitions, traditions and family obligations.4. They are low on self esteem and are reluctant to govern because of inferiority complex.
  • 10.  Hon. State Election Commissioner, Maharashtra, Mrs. Satyanarayana decided to design and implement a suitable training program to empower these women. The innovation was of a non residential training programme taken to the doorsteps of EWRs, not only as a corrective measure for fulfilment of the elections but also to empower these women and set them as future role models.
  • 11. 1. Thane2. Sindhudurg3. Satara4. Pune5. Nashik6. Nanded7. Amravati8. Solapur9. Kolhapur10. Wardha
  • 12. •Self Confidence •General Awareness •Decision Making capacity •Problem Soving capacity •Domestic Violence •Female Foeticide • Schemes •Alcoholism related to ICDS •Status of Women in And Sanitation Society FOCUS AREAS • Financial Administration• Roles and Responsibilities • Plantation of trees of Sarpanch and Member • Eco Village Scheme • Do’s and Don’t’s • Schemes related to Environment
  • 14. TheJourney So Far…
  • 15. PILOT STUDIESIn association with Symbiosis Institute, Training of 25 Tribalwomen of Thane district was conducted.Training was also imparted to 191 EWRs and 75 Sanghatikasin Selu Taluka of Wardha District.
  • 16. STAGE 1 TRAINING OF THE CORE TRAINERS (TOCT)50 Core trainers from the 10 Pilot Districts were trained at MIT, Pune
  • 17. STAGE 2 TRAINING OF THE TRAINERS (TOT)Block level trainers are trained in their respective districts
  • 18. STAGE 3 TRAINING OF THE EWRsBlock level and District Level trainers take up the trainings of the EWRs.
  • 20. Krantijyoti Presentation @Yashada PUNE
  • 21. Krantijyoti Trainee WomenMeet @ Kolhapur
  • 22. Krantijyoti Presentationbefore Hon. Secretary &Addl. Secretary, Ministry ofPanchayati Raj, New Delhi
  • 23. Local Hand holders NGO Support Call Centre
  • 24.  Local Hand holders (Aanganwadi worker/ASHA workers etc.) will be chosen and trained for handholding of EWRs. Each hand holder will be assigned approximately 10 EWRs for regular interaction and help with day to day issues. They will conduct informal meetings once in a month with the EWRs so as to understand and clarify their difficulties and to and get feedback from them. They will be provided an honorarium of Rs.500/- per month.
  • 25. Local NGO would provide the EWRs with supportive and informative helpThey will provide necessary inputs which will help the EWRs in solving their common issues.Such selected NGO volunteers will be given an honorarium of Rs.300/- per month per EWR.
  • 26.  Call centers will be set up for the EWRs for their day-to-day difficulties. A pre-advertised helpline number will be provided. The call centre will have conference call facilities and will put across the EWR’s call to the concerned authorities. These call centers will have the facility of recording these calls. It is envisaged that about 500 to 1,000 EWRs shall be covered per seat with the cost of approximately Rs.20,000 to Rs.22,000 per month. The staff at the call centers will be trained appropriately.
  • 27. •After 6 months of first training, a 3 day refresher course for these EWRs shall be arranged. Evaluation and Appraisal Studies will be done.• These women will be given elementary introduction to computers for their basic understanding.• Wider knowledge of Panchayati Raj Administration/Schemes/Acts & Rules will be given to these EWRs.
  • 28. • The EWRs will be asked to indicate 5 government schemes which their village requires on priority basis. A camp with the officials of the concerned government department will be arranged in villages to expedite their actual assistance.• Research and documentation would be undertaken simultaneously. Women Councilors who show confidence will be picked up as role models and will be treated as resource persons for further training.
  • 29. • Our First Sponsor - Madam Grace Pinto (Managing Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions)• Training Material (Printing) Courtesy: UNICEF• Project Coordinators: College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan (Mumbai)• Training Coordinators : Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD, Mumbai)
  • 30. THANK YOU