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  Project Name


networking and advocacy efforts






Women Empowerment



Amreli, Bhavnagar, Dahod




  Budget Approved


$ 5000


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11     

  Chapter Coordinators


K J Balakrishnan












Networking & Advocacy Efforts for ensuring (1) Gender Equity in access and ownership of water resources management systems, (2) womens empowerment through capacity building amongst elected members of gram, taluka & district panchayat bodies and (3) fostering communal harmony





Utthan has created a two level structure in the regions that it works on to promote local leadership. The state level resource persons provide technical expertise on watershed management and network at the national and international levels. The local level structure provides the program development, implementation and leadership. In 2004, the NGO has - Conducted leadership training for the women in the womenís groups and self help groups. It has also conducted training on the roles and responsibilities of sarpanch. - Has conducted and promoted watershed training by field visits to existing holistic watershed infrastructure. - Has started watershed management in Limkhedam, Rajula, and Dhanpur taluks with the support of DRDA. - Linked womenís groups to decision making infrastructure in water usage with in the cummunity. - Conducted livelihood generation programs for women affected by communal riots in Gujarat. - Has used other programs such as watershed management to promote communal harmony. - Conducted a domestic violence campaign in the rural community through melas and street theaters; 4000 men have signed on the pledge against domestic violence. - Started research on domestic violence and land rights of women in the region. - Participated in a federation of NGOs in which womenís groups have come together to discuss issues and develop programs.





* Gender equity in access and ownership of water resources * Womenís empowerment through capacity building * Communal harmony * Networking and advocacy * Process Documentation Utthan plans to embark upon a mass mobilization program and step up advocacy and networking efforts with the objective of building an institutional framework that would foster gender equity in all major civic institutions such as Panchayati Raj bodies, educational, economic and community organizations in which, because of the patriarchal nature of society, there exists a well-entrenched tradition of marginalizing women in the project areas. Utthan will take up access to safe drinking water and sanitation, health and hygiene for women and other weaker sections and fostering communal harmony as the main issues for advocacy and networking so as to sensitize civic institutions. Utthan now seeks to build on the strengths it has acquired in the areas of water resources management, womenís empowerment, and institutional capacity building. The focus will be on building federations of women and menís groups, strengthening, involving and sensitizing Panchayati Raj, educational, social, and cultural and community organizations as also such financial institutions as banks and cooperative institutions.



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