The Government of India has initiated the Capacity Building Programme for Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayati Raj Institutions with an objective of empowering them by developing leadership capacities so that they serve as catalysts for social change and function as peer facilitators in the field, become vocal for their rights and participate effectively in the governance processes.
The objective of the Capacity Building Programme – to empower EWRs by developing leadership capacities so that they serve as catalysts for social change and function as peer facilitators in the field, become vocal for their rights and participate effectively in the governance processes.
It is a significant endeavor in creating a forum for EWRs to understand their roles and responsibilities in a more prolific manner.
Although it is the first step towards harnessing the full potential of EWRs, this is envisioned as a continuous process in order to instil confidence, courage, conviction, motivation and above all providing hand-holding support to EWRs for mainstreaming them in the governance process.
State Governments’ Contribution:
State Governments have been actively involved in imparting these training. Mainly, State Institute of Rural Developments (SIRDs) and State Resource Centers (SRCs) are actively collaborating with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in conducting training programmes across the States.
This involves collaborating with institutions of the Departments of Panchayati Raj, Agriculture, Women & Child Development, Rural Development, etc.
The project is being implemented by the National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), an autonomous body functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
Ministry of Women & Child Development has also developed training modules regarding laws for the protection of women and children, development schemes and programmes (State and Center), Information Communication Technology (ICT) for the EWRs, participatory planning, and asset creation, monitoring of Public Works and leadership qualities.
This approach to building capacities of these grassroots leaders has been envisaged to yield more desired development outcomes.