Women & Girl Child Development and Empowerment
Women constitute nearly half of the workforce of India, however, due to the prevalence of patriarchy they have not been able to enjoy a respectable position in society at par with men. Since time immemorial, women have participated in all social and religious affairs, so it is a must that their chastity, modesty and dignity is protected to ensure their dignified position in society.
Without removing social stigma, progress and development cannot be achieved. For this, both government and non-government organisations need to come forward and play an active role in creating awareness in society.
Social reforms have been initiated in the past by the likes of Raja Rammohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Mahadev Govind Ranade and Jyotiba Phule, among others, who tried their best to bring changes by academic and social education of the masses. It is their legacy that needs to be carried forward and Pratham Foundation has undertaken to bring to reality the dreams that were initiated by the social reformers.
Education and economic participation are the primary factors that ensure the empowerment of women. Education is essential for empowering women in all spheres, be it political, legal, economic and health awareness. Economic empowerment of women is a vital element of strong economic growth of any country and it also enhances their ability to influence changes to create a better society.
Women empowerment goes hand-in-hand with child development. The environment at home influences the behaviour of children both negatively and positively. An empowered woman will be able to hone a child's skills so that it can contribute for the betterment of a society and build a strong nation. It is a known fact that children spend more time with their mothers and are influenced strongly by them during their biological, psychological and emotional changes. So, it becomes important that women are better educated and empowered for a wholesome development of children. The more women talk to their children, the faster their vocabularies grow and the better their intelligence develops.