INDIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT HURTS WOMEN MORE THAN MEN
It is a known fact that as women become more literate and join the workforce, earn and spend money, it creates additional economic growth. However, the labour force participation rate has fallen in recent years, and women have had to face the brunt of it. In January 2016, the labour force participation rate among women was 16.81%.
This has since fallen to 10.97% in February 2019. In urban India, it was at 10.37% and in rural India it was at 11.28%. In simpler terms, only 11 out of 100 women, who are part of the working-age population in India, have a job. The number was 17 earlier. That’s a real reason to worry. While many initiatives have been undertaken, there is much work still to be done.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED
We are building the functional literacy skills of women in rural and urban areas of West Bengal.
We have already reached out to nearly 300 women and adolescents girls from Dalit, Muslim and tribal communities.
In Panpur Kakinara, Tetulia, women have already reported an increase in their self-confidence.
We created a beautician course, sponsored entirely by us
We introduced free spoken English classes
We organized a quilling workshop
Infrastructure and sponsorship support
We received 6 sewing machines; a generous donation from Usha; and the women started to receive small supply orders for production
Organizations like Caring Hearts visited our premises and distributed clothes to women
Exposure and promotion
We put up their products for sale in exhibitions in places like Tollygunge Club and Marwari Mahila Samity where they got a good response
We managed to promote retail sales by associating with brands like Weaves and Sutraa
People engagement and trust building
An eye camp was organized by the Hope Foundation
Malaria and dengue awareness programs were organized by the National Homeo Laboratory
Funfair events were organized in villages for women in Panpur and Kakinara
TYPES OF ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY OUR WOMEN
Craft & Art Work