Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages
Reproductive and Child Health
WEIV aims to bring about attitudinal changes in health and well-being in the target area. As well as imparting practical information concerning all aspects of Reproductive and Child Health, WEIV staff mobilise the community to access Government programs and are on the ground to ensure that Government delivers these programs.
The Reproductive Health programme addresses contraceptive awareness, pre-natal guidance, maternal health and well-being. The programme aims to empower young married couples to delay and space their pregnancies, to equip unmarried adolescents with appropriate information regarding sexual health and marriageable age, and to bring about improved action, demand and access to reproductive health services.
WEIV has established eight Literacy Centres for adolescent girls aged 12 to 18 years. These are girls have been taken out of the education system to help work on the land, or in other ways earn money for their family. They come from the poorest families and no fees will be charged.
Classes are held from 10am till 2pm, enabling the girls to complete their daily domestic and agricultural chores.
Two to three years attendance is required to educate the girls in basic Hindi/English/Arithmetic. Most are interested in English, but Hindi is the main learning medium. Being able to read and write in Hindi will greatly increase their capacity and value within their own and their husband's family
Watch videos that detail the many aspects of the Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages programme.
* ARD believes in the philosophy that to empower a single woman is to empower the society in turn.
Women's empowerment initiatives are the focus of WEIV's working strategy. WEIV strives to work with a rights based perspective to transform the lives of women, with a working focus on gender equality and justice.