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Empowering Women through Self Help Groups in India

Empowering Women through Self Help Groups in India

Empowerment provides a greater access to knowledge and resources, more independence in decision making, considerable ability to plan lives, more control over the circumstances which influence lives, and freedom from customs, beliefs and practices. Thus, women empowerment is a process in which women challenge the existing norms and culture, to effectively promote their wellbeing. If women were empowered to do more and be more, the possibility for economic growth becomes apparent. Empowering women in developing countries is essential to reduce global poverty since women represent most of the world’s poorer populations.

In India, to women “empowerment” is a buzz word. As a nation, India is committed to the empowerment of women. As majority women lack assets that help contribute to their empowerment and well-being, economic independence through self- employment and entrepreneurial development must be paid attention to. So, the Government of India has provided for Self Help Groups (SHGs). A Self Help Group is a small voluntary association of poor people preferably from the same socio-economic back drop. The micro-credit given to them makes them enterprising; it can be all-women group, all-men group or even a mixed group. However, it has been the experience that women’s groups perform better in all the important activities of SHGs.

The participation of women in Self Help Groups (SHGs) made a significant impact on their empowerment both in social and economical aspects. Today there are more than 25 lakh SHGs in the country, ninety percent of them are women Self Help Groups. In this context, this is a modest attempt to study the impact of SHGs on women. This paper is a generalised study based on a desk review to scrutinize the women empowerment through SHGs and also describes the current position of women empowerment in India.

Speakers: Dr. Saba Yunus
Areas of Interest / Categories: BISBP 2016

BISBP 2016

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Dr Venkat Pulla founder and President of Brisbane Institute of Strength Based Practice introduces Strengths Based Practices (SBPs), which concentrates on the inherent strengths of individuals, families groups and organisations deploying peoples' personal strengths to aid their recovery and empowerment. SBPs are empowering alternatives to traditional methods with individuals, group or organisational work. SBPs refrain from allowing crippling, labelling and stigmatised language.

Introduction to Strengths Based Practice

Dr Venkat Pulla founder and President of Brisbane Institute of Strength Based Practice introduces Strengths Based Practices (SBPs), which concentrates on the inherent strengths of individuals, families groups and organisations deploying peoples' personal strengths to aid their recovery and empowerment. SBPs are empowering alternatives to traditional methods with individuals, group or organisational work. SBPs refrain from allowing crippling, labelling and stigmatised language.

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Kahte hai dhoondne se toh khudaa bi milta hai: If one searches, you can even find God. Every 30 seconds, a child goes missing in India and majority of them are girls and from poor socio-economic background (Singh, K.P, 2014). Referring to government figures accepting that only 45 per cent of them are fortunate to reach their homes, the Supreme Court observed that; “Nobody seems to care about missing children. This is the irony”, (TNN, 2014). 

Social and Economic Returns of Empowering Youth Participation in Voluntary Work in Civil Society Organisations in the Sultanate of Oman

The current age of economic and social transformations has witnessed the development of voluntary work with its new philosophy and concepts which changed from being charity work to becoming a cornerstone of sustained development of the society. Volunteering has a key role in enhancing the values of people’s participation, social responsibility, integrity, donation, and group belongingness. Most societies seek to empower youth to participate in voluntary work in all aspects of life and in all organisations, in the light of empowerment domains which include participation in decision making, independence, professional development, effectiveness, status description, and efficacy.