IE Thinc session today, to take stock of women’s collectives


That women can lead a results-driven mission has been proven by the success of India’s ASHA workers, who won the WHO Global Health Leader Award for their frontline handling of COVID-19 management. . In fact, India has proven that women’s collectives can change a nation’s social, economic and cultural indices. Our self-help groups and movements led by women’s cooperatives have led to their financial inclusion, economic participation and restoration of land rights. Such collectives are prime examples of the trickle down effect and of women taking the initiative to write their own stories.

In communities around the world, women are taking their own destiny into their own hands through self-help groups (SHGs), mother and adolescent groups and cooperatives. The idea is to reach many women at once with resources, information and training. By harnessing the collective power of their members, groups can achieve positive impacts that would be more difficult or impossible to achieve through individual-focused interventions. It is to understand the transformative power of women who choose to rewrite their destiny that The Indian Express organizes the third edition of the IE Thinc Gender series, “Women Collectives: Change makers from the ground up”. It will focus on empowered women’s collectives that are bringing about change and forcing policy rethinking, entrepreneurship collectives that have created their own brands as well as micro-finance collectives that have propelled their independence.

This edition will feature a keynote address by Giriraj Singh, Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, which will focus on how the DAY-NRLM mission, the largest government program, works exclusively with rural women to rework equality in systemic governance processes and institutions, participation in the economy and rights-based access to social justice.

The address will be followed by a panel discussion with Nita Kejrewal, Co-Secretary of the National Rural Livelihoods Mission, Ministry of Rural Development, Chetna Sinha, Founder and Chairperson of Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Foundation Deshi, Anjini Kochar, 3ie Senior Researcher, Bijal Brahmbhatt, Director, Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, Hasina Kharbhih, Founder and Chair, Impulse NGO Network and Madhu Krishna, Deputy Director, Gender, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation Bill & Melinda Gates. The discussion will be moderated by Rinku Ghosh, Editor, Special Projects.

Presented by IWWAGE, this webinar series aims to have a solution-oriented discussion and offer suggestions on policy catalysts between some of the brightest minds in academia, industry, civil society and, of course. , of the government.


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