Even in today’s modern times, India still grapples with the issue of gender inequality which is preventing almost half of its population from achieving its full potential. In states like Rajasthan, the female literacy rate stands at 52.7% (2011 Census); the lack of education further reduces the number of women in the workplace.While state governments in India have launched initiatives such as ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ and ‘Sukanya Samridhi’ to increase the economic status of the girl child and thereby increase access to education, non-governmental organisations such as IDF still need to be involved in this movement to reach out to the maximum number of people possible.
Why does IDF want to get involved?
IDF envisions a society that values women, men, girls and boys equally and wants to contribute to its creation.Equity and social justice are two concepts on which its core activities are built on so as to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity for expressing and achieve their potential irrespective of their gender. IDF recognises that, in order for this to be possible, it must make women empowerment fundamental to its mission and involve all members of the society including boys and men in promoting gender equality.
How does IDF plan to achieve gender equality through its strategies/programmes?
Some of the ways in which IDF plans to incorporate gender equality in its operating strategy is detailed as below:
♦ To apply gender analysis at all stages of policy and programme work, including planning, implementation, impact assessment and development of measurable gender indicators
♦ Develop gender-sensitive approaches and methods of work which are empowering and built on lessons learnt from Stepping Stones, Reflection and other participatory methodologies.
♦ Promote the creation of structures and opportunities for women’s participation in decision-making at all levels in our organisation
♦ Undertake capacity building to strengthen other women’s organizations and groups working towards gender equality.