Training for 30 Lakh Elected Women Reps - The New Indian Express

Training for 30 Lakh Elected Women Reps

Published: 25th December 2013 09:20 AM

Last Updated: 25th December 2013 09:20 AM

The National Institute of Rural Development, in collaboration with the ministry of panchayat raj and UN Women’s South Asia Centre, has taken up an ambitious project aimed at empowerment of three million elected women representatives of the country.

The UN Women’s mandate is to train all the 30 lakh elected women representatives spread over multiple forums in local self- governance by 2015 and by 2030 in the entire South Asia.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, the pilot project launched on November 16, 2010 covers 19 districts in  Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha.

With the objective of training elected women representatives at the local self government level starting from pancayats, the NIRD launched a master trainer and trained 600 master trainers who, in turn, directly trained women by conducting workshops for them at the panchayat level.

NIRD director-general and project leader  MV Rao said women representatives were happy with the programme as they were becoming well-versed with all aspects of governance and they no longer had to depend on their husbands for effective functioning as people’s representatives. About Rs 1.5 crore was allocated for the programme, he said.

The project, funded by Norway, envisages to bring women to the forefront as equal partners in politics at all levels of governance. It focuses mainly on the local government level where a large number of women have been elected to seats reserved for them.

Project coordinator CS Singal said the project envisaged to transform the capacity development of elected representatives in the country.

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