Kalaburagi: Elected Women Representatives Empowerment

THP works in 30 Gram Panchayats in three blocks in kalaburagi. The SWEEP (Strengthening Women's Empowerment in Electoral Processes) program is an intensive campaign and capacity-building strategy for awareness raising among women throughout rural India. Through meetings, film screenings, and workshops, THP-India seeks to empower the women citizens to access their rights as voters, and leaders. In identifying potential leaders, staff members are able to make connections with engaged and motivated women who could potentially run for office for reserved seats in their panchayats. In the first half of 2015, 9 of these type of events were held, with 12 already elected women representatives directly engaging with 341 potential women leaders


The Hunger Project, in partnership with many local civil society organizations, has trained more than 79,000 elected women representatives. Examples of the activities within this strategy include: Empowering Women in Elections: To encourage voter participation among women and nominations of potential women leaders, The Hunger Project conducts intensive pre-election campaigns. SWEEP (Strengthening Women's Empowerment in Electoral Processes) campaigns include meetings, film screenings, street plays, door-to-door contacts, trainings and distribution of posters and pamphlets. Federations for Advocacy and Mutual Empowerment: To empower women leaders and their communities, The Hunger Project supports the formation of federations among their elected leaders to voice their concerns as a collective unit. Mobilizing the Media to Support Women Leaders: To highlight the work of women leaders and Panchayati Raj, The Hunger Project actively engages with the media and annually awards the Sarojini Naidu Prize, showcasing the efforts being made by the elected women and recognizes three journalists reporting on their work in Hindi, English and other Indian language categories.

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The Hunger Project has been active in India since 1984 and currently works across six states, 54 districts, and more than 2,000 village clusters (panchayats). In response to the 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution that mandated that one-third of all seats in panchayats be reserved for women, The Hunger Project developed its comprehensive strategy, the Panchayati Raj Campaign. The Hunger Project's approach of mobilizing people for self-reliant action, empowering women as key change agents and engaging with local government has provided the solid foundation upon which to expand local development initiatives throughout the seven states of India in which THP is present.

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Gender, agriculture, health, nutrition, human rights, democracy, governance, education, economic recovery and development


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