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GENDER TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

Gender Transformative Change

The endeavour at CARE India is to address the root cause of gender inequality and work towards empowering of women and girls

In 2015-16, CARE India sensitised and oriented communities on gender, through community level service providers, and other available platforms in the community. Project specific gender transformative change related milestones and appropriate tools for implementation were integrated into the detailed implementation plans of each project, and further monitored and evaluated based on gender specific indicators.

CARE India generated a flagship document, ‘The Gender Transformative Change Approach’, to facilitate a comprehensive and common understanding around gender. CARE India also generated a detailed list of Gender Transformative Change (GTC) indicators to measure the gender transformative change, based on the Strategic Impact Inquiry (SII) Framework of Women’s Empowerment. These indicators are available in the domains of health, livelihoods, and education and adapted to measure the progress of gender transformation in the projects.

Major Achievements

  • 01 395,163 women and girls were reached through Gender Transformative Change initiatives
  • 02 49.4% women rejected household gender-based violence at the end of the project, compared to 26.5% at the beginning
  • 03 89.1% women accessed agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizers, etc.) instead of 36.5% in the beginning
  • 04 67.8% women had sole or joint decision-making and control over household assets when compared to 40.0% in the beginning of the Pathways project period

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The Pathbreaker

16-year-olds Radane Dandsena and Mamita Dandsena are the first two girls from Sargiguda village, Kalahandi district, Odisha to attend college. Their achievement did not come easy.

The villager’s belief system, deeply entrenched in gender-based stereotypes, consider marriage and domestic labour as a girl’s ultimate destiny, and aim to get girls in the community married early on in their lives. Thankfully for Radane and Mamita, CARE India’s Pathways project created a Reflect Circle in the village, offering a space for women farmers to discuss issues affecting the community, and work on solutions in a collective and organized manner. Lack of higher education among girls was identified as a major issue. The villagers were then counselled on the benefits of educating girls, eventually gaining the support of Radane and Mamita’s parents for enrolling them in college. Read more…