Bridging Information Gap In
in India constantly lag behind the men in terms of access to education,
health care, jobs etc. Apart from the economic and social inequality,
women in India are victims of terrible crimes such as, dowry death,
rape, molestation and immoral trafficking.
As per the latest
The female child sex
ratio (0-6 yrs.) is 914 per 1000 yrs.
Rural female literacy
rate is only 58% while that of rural men is 78%.
With the rise in
poverty, many women are forced to work in very low end and low paid
Employment of women in
organised sector is less than 8%.
There are higher number
unskilled workers in rural than in urban areas, and more number of women
do not have any skills, compared to men with no skills.
Unless drastic measures
are taken to improve female literacy, create skills and capability among
women for enabling them to stand on their own feet and care for
themselves and their families, it will
be difficult for India to prosper as a nation.
The aim of skill
development related to women is not just preparing them for jobs, but
also to improve the performance of women workers by enhancing the
quality of work in which they are engaged. It is also observed, that the
concept of training and skill development needs to move beyond the
conventional goal of imparting technical and managerial competencies, to
playing a broader role of even including basic literacy, numeracy,
critical social and political awareness, awareness about gender and
enhancing life skills. Such interventions by their nature will encourage
higher self-esteem among women and overall personality development.
Empowering women and
girls is not only the right thing to do. It is also smart economics and
vital to ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
Taking on from this,
The IKEA Foundation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IDF
and Xyntéo have developed a 3 year project, 'DISHA CHAT', aimed at
helping underprivileged women in India learn marketable skills and
connect them with income opportunities. The aim is to help women become
economically self-sufficient so that they and their families and future
generations can have better opportunities in life.
Technology and Action
for Rural Advancement (TARA), a social enterprise wing of the
Development Alternatives Group was selected as a partner organisation to
pilot this programme in Delhi/NCR and Haryana regions.
The two major
objectives of the project are as follows -
To provide information to 10,000 girls from classes 9th to 12th in
selected girls schools from the 252 schools of Delhi Government on
Gender, Skilling, Entrepreneurship and Apprenticeship through Disha
To create demand for
career guidance and awareness services in government schools by
demonstrating DISHA Chat Model for Bridging Information Gap for Girls &
Under the project till
date 2300 students have been trained and 12 schools have been reached
“My name is Seema and I
am a student of Class XII C. My school's name is Government Senior
Secondary Girls School No. 2. It is in Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi. I
attended the Disha Chat workshop and learnt many things through this
workshop. I always thought that if I take one stream I would have
limited options at hand after my school. But this intervention helped me
broaden my horizon and understand that there are many more possibilities
in this space.
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