Women Empowerment

Vocational Training for Underprivileged Women from the Slum Areas of Malad (Mumbai)

This programme has been working with women and youth in Malwani, Asia’s second largest slum. The school dropout rates are very high as boys stop attending in order to support the family income and girls are not allowed to go out of their local areas for schooling. Considering the situation, this programme decided to offer courses which will help the residents find employment opportunities in their locality and neighbouring areas. The vocational centre provides training in tailoring, mobile repairs, mehendi application, computers and professional beautician courses. The participants are also given training and capacity building sessions on savings, banking, life skills and general health education, as well as awareness sessions on different social and health issues. They have mobilized the community to form Self Help Groups (SHGs) for the empowerment of women. At present, the programme is working with 75 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the Malwani and Madh area of Malad.