THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kudumbashree has launched gender resource centres (GRCs) at the block level, aimed at improving the capabilities of women and creating a distinct space for them in society.
Among the GRCs in each block, at least five in each district will function as model GRCs.
The assistance of a vigilante group - which includes the ward member, social workers and local women members - will be provided to GRCs.The GRCs will also function as centres providing information on women and children in the locality. The services of community counsellors and resource persons will also be made available at the GRCs.
Counselling will be provided for women, teenage girls and children who have been subjected to atrocities so as to enhance their self-confidence. The GRCs will also provide services such as pre-marriage counselling.
The existing ‘jagratha samithis’ will be strengthened. The aim will be to reduce atrocities against women and give them protection in all sectors.The Kudumbashree will also explore new job avenues in agricultural micro-enterprises in a bid to ensure empowerment of women.
members. Job training for carrying out existing projects will also be provided to women.
Coordination between various government departments and projects undertaken by Kudumbashree and local self-government institutions has also been ensured for the success of the initiative.