CARE India Eliminate Gender Inequality and Work towards Empowering of Women and Girls

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.

Radane & Mamita Supported by Pathways Projects for Girls Higher Education - CARE India

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