Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages
Reproductive and Child Health
Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV) delivers attitudinal changes in health and well-being. WEIV imparts practical information concerning all aspects of Reproductive and Child Health. WEIV staff mobilise the community to access Government programs and ensure the Government delivers these programs.
The Reproductive Health programme addresses contraceptive awareness, pre-natal guidance, maternal health and well-being. The programme empowers young married couples to delay and space their pregnancies, equips unmarried adolescents with appropriate information regarding sexual health and marriageable age, and brings about improved demand and access to reproductive health services to the community.
Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV) has established eight Literacy Centres for adolescent girls aged 12 to 18 years. These girls have been taken out of the education system to help work on the land, or in other ways support their family. They come from the poorest families and no fees are charged.
Classes are held from 10am till 2pm, enabling the girls to complete their daily domestic and agricultural chores.
The girls attend for three years to gain skills in basic Hindi/English/Arithmetic. Hindi is the main learning medium. The ability to read and write in Hindi greatly increases their personal capacity and their value within their family.
Watch videos that detail the many aspects of the Women's Empowerment in Indian Villages programme.
* To empower a single woman is to empower the whole society.
Women's empowerment initiatives are the focus of WEIV's working strategy. WEIV works with a rights based perspective to transform the lives of women through a focus on gender equality and justice.