Putting Women First

Haven’s February to April 2021 initiative to understand how vocational training programmes play a key role in empowering women.

After a year of tackling the coronavirus pandemic and keeping both our staff and community as safe as possible, Haven is widening its gaze to new projects.

Women's empowerment can be defined to promoting women's sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others. Vocational training can result in improvements in women's employability by increasing their occupational knowledge and vocational skills; their knowledge of the labour market and their life skills, such as attitudes towards work, motivation, and self esteem.

Vocational Education and training are essential mechanisms of any strategy to improve farm and nonfarm productivity that improves rural incomes. Skills development is a key to improving household productivity, employability and income-earning opportunities for women and also for enhancing sustainable rural development and livelihoods.

Founding Haven member, Monika Ghosh, is heading to see amazing examples of vocational and educational schemes created by NGOs across India who have detailed local understanding of their communities.

On this networking trip, Monika will seek to gain an understanding of what Haven and MBCF can do to set up similar programmes within the local communities that the Haven Centre serves around Atla Village in West Bengal, as well as expand Haven’s network with the most experienced minds in India to put women first within our community.



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