Women Empowerment Program
Muvi Foundation has always been dedicated to contributing towards society. We strongly believe women play an important role in the upbringing of our society. Empowerment of women is a necessity for the very development of a society, since it enhances both the quality and the quantity of human resources available for development.
Women hold the power to create, endures great pain to bring a life into existence. She holds great responsibility of nurturing and mentoring our future. Through women empowerment, we can drive an entire society into civilized society. Women’s empowerment is all about equipping and allowing women to make life-determining decisions through the different problems in society.
Muvi Foundation conducted a program towards this cause, empowering the women of Niladri Vihar Slum on 7th March 2020. We decided to donate 12 treadle (feet powered) sewing machines to the Self-help groups operating in this slum. This Saturday morning, all Muvians showed up to participate and volunteer selflessly for this program. We saw a large participation from the women of the Niladri Vihar Slum. It is in Chandrasekharpur area in Bhubaneswsar, Odisha. Approximately 200 women from this slum participated in this program. We heard from them on how our small contribution is going to impact their lives, bringing financial stability, reliability and independence to them.
The program was scheduled for 8:30am in the morning as most of the slum dwelling women leave for their work. They mostly work as housemaids, laborers, etc. We reached at the venue and found as informed the local women have all shown up in great numbers. It was a great feeling to witness the enthusiasm of such a large crowd. We were overwhelmed by the fact that our small contribution is going to positively impact so many lives. All these women have the ability to influence not only their own home but the entire society.
This project of ours will train many poor women of this slum in a single day and teach them valuable sewing skills. It will also provide each woman with her own treadle sewing machine, allowing her to earn a living from home to support her family.
In India, more than 50 percent of women are illiterate. Living in poverty with a limited education greatly hinders these women from finding quality jobs to support their families. They are often at risk of being trapped in dehumanizing professions in order to feed their children. This project will empower poor women in rural villages with valuable sewing skills and a sewing machine so they can earn a respectable living and help their families.
These Self-help groups train women and after receiving six months of training on sewing skills and learning about basic business practices, they will be able to start their own self-sustaining tailoring business from home and earn a daily income that can provide food and basic necessities for the whole family. These women, who are often poor mothers and widows, will have an opportunity to use their skills to rise out of poverty and work toward a promising future for themselves and their families.
We are very happy and content that we were able to make this small contribution and give a boost to their self-confidence and self-reliability, improve their status in the society but it’s ultimately the nation that reaps the advantages of socialism.
By empowering the women in our country, we can bring a change in the gender dynamics of power within a family and ultimately the society at large. They can have greater say in the family matters and be stakeholders and partners in taking the community forward. The financial independence will eventually pave the way for societal upliftment of women and their voices.