Gender Justice | Magazine Articles | VOL. 14, ISSUE 82, January-February 2014 |

Enabling women through collectives

The past 20 years have seen the growth of grass root women’s active involvement, through programmes like the Mahila Samakhya (MS) in panchayati raj institutions (PRIs). The National Literacy Mission, 1988, launched to eradicate adult illiteracy in India, led to the creation of the MS. The over arching objective of the ongoing MS programme is education for the empowerment of women. It has identified several socio-cultural and economic factors that inhibited women’s access to knowledge, information, education, mobility, and justice—complex...

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