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Bird’s eye view of our Activities

Goals and Objectives of the Organisation

Equity Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation, with the primary objective of empowering women and educating children through creating new pathways for overcoming the obstacles to Women / Child development through a synergy of “Knowledge”, “Voice” and “Action”. It was formally registered under Societies Registration Act on 26th March 2003.   The prime focus of Equity Foundation is Knowledge Voice & Action. The organisation provides knowledge through information and training which ultimately leads to expression through voice which culminates into action.

Equity Foundation (A Forum for women & child) was established by a group of women Activists. All of us had been earlier working either with academic institutions or with different NGOs. We realized that in India only 2% of the NGOs are run by women, most of the women’s development programs are designed and implemented by women. So we felt a need for more women’s organizations and initiated Equity Foundation. We are registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of Ministry of Home Affairs. We are also registered under 12-A and 80- G with the Income Tax department and exempted income tax. At present we are working in Bihar. The focus area is- Women Panchayat Representatives, Gender Budget, Children, youth, publication, documentation and training. The core areas of its focus are providing technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies for women’s human rights, political participation and economic security. As a learning and knowledge – based organization, the Foundation integrates its activities in a feedback process of pioneering, learning, information sharing and advocacy and facilitates active dissemination of information regarding women and child issues through seminars and workshops.

Since its inception Equity Foundation has established itself as one of the leading civil society organizations in the state of Bihar, and has made its humble, yet positive and robust, contributions to society through a number of projects and activities that it has carried out. The following will bring to light our Foundation’s endeavour towards improving women’s capacity in governance in Panchayati Raj and its noble endeavour of providing holistic and comprehensive training to the Panchayat members and dalit women. Equity Foundation’s services include research, training, preparation of IEC materials and strategy, with activities ranging from projects related to research, documentation, training and field level implementation to a large-scale State and regional initiatives. Equity Foundation enjoys a reputation for its excellence in program and for the impact of its work. Equity Foundation from its inception has been carrying out various activities on a diversity of fronts every year. The Organisation has carried out many activities for the past ten years. The entire gamut of activities undertaken in course of the years is presented under the following heads:

 Youth for development training programme

Equity Foundation has been providing training to University students on Applied and communicative & Research Methodology, Reproductive & Child Health, Report Writing, Documentation, Writing cases on the basis of observation etc. to students of rural development, Industrial Management and Sociology. The objective is to prepare them as future development practitioners and leaders.

 Documentation & Consultancy

The Organisation runs knowledge, resource information and documentation centre. The students, academicians, journalists, NGOs, and scholars are provided with information on relevant socio, economic and political issues (HIV/AIDS, Gender, Education, Poverty, Population, Empowerment, Governance, Health, and Adolescents etc) as and when they want. Besides the likeminded NGOs are provided with assistance in the matter of accessing information on different schemes, formulation of project proposals and reports, preparation of background materials and facilitation in holding of meetings and workshops etc.

 Internship Programs

On behalf of the Centre for Development Studies, Central University of Bihar, Rural Management Department of Patna University, Master in Social Work (P.U.), Women Studies (P.U.), Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Allahabad Agriculture University, we provide internship opportunity to their students. By giving this opportunity we are helping their students to learn from real life work experiences. This internship is purely for academic purpose wherein students earn academic credit.

 Research Works

  1. Qualitative and Quantitative research for Documenting the Status of ‘Economic Participation of Women in Bihar’ sponsored by the Planning Commission of India. The study was been conducted in 4 districts of Bihar (Kishangunj, Vaishali, Madhubani, East Champaran). It is important to understand problems of women’s economic participation to accelerate the process of women empowerment and keeping this in mind Equity Foundation (EF)  carried out a research study to examine the nature and extent of women’s economic participation in rural Bihar with the following objectives in mind-

®    Examine needs of rural women affecting their economic participation.

®    Explore conditions/factors that facilitate/inhibit Women’s economic participation.

®    Analyse govt. policies/practices that facilitate or inhibit women’s economic participation (WEP) in the light of their own perceptions.

®    Make them recognise that political and socio-cultural changes will often be necessary for women to achieve economic empowerment which in its turn may result in political empowerment outcomes.

®    Finally making them aware that, activities at all levels — micro, institutional and macro-policy — are needed to achieve the desired result of women’s economic empowerment.

  1. Worked as co-partners with Constella Futures on ‘State Resource Mapping on HIV’ (supported by Catholic Bishop Conference of India) on Global Fund Project- Round Six in 7 districts of Bihar;
  2. ‘Impact study of MGNREGA on beneficiaries in north and central Bihar with a special focus on women participation‘ supported by OXFAM;
  3. Baseline study on ‘Girls Education in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in Bihar’ for CARE India;
  1. Conducted a comparative research on the ‘Status of Dalit PRIs in Dalit & Non Dalit headed Panchayats’ supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in Dalit headed Panchayats of Gaya and Patna. The theme is ‘New Panchayati Raj: Present Status and Future prospects for women Panchayat Representatives in Bihar’. The present study was an effort to know the extent of participation of SC women elected representative in Panchayat, their status and the problems faced by them.
  2. Prepared a Report on ‘Setting up common minimum standard of education in schools’ for Save the Children- Education is primarily the responsibility of governments. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, governments are often unable to fulfil their roles during natural disasters such as flood. Minimum standards for education during floods will act as a common starting point for the community and others by providing guidance and tools on how to reach a minimum level of educational quality. Keeping these factors in mind Equity Foundation conducted a research study for setting minimum standards of education in 10 schools (Primary, Middle and High School) of 2 districts Kkhagaria and Madhepura in the State of Bihar with the support of Save the Children.;
  3. Situational Study on ‘Sexual Harassment of working women in Bihar’- A data based survey on the situational analysis of workplace harassment of working women in the organised sectors of Patna (Government, health, NGO, judiciary, media and academic institutions).;
  4. Rapid Need Assessment for Education Development Centre (EDC) & MEGA SKY on ‘Muslim Education in Bihar’ (Katihar/Kishanganj/Patna/Madhubani);
  5. Social Research on, ‘Nutritional Status of children in Bihar’ for International Development Enterprise (IDE) in Maharashtra, UP, MP and Bihar (in process);
  6. Conducted a study as Consultant State Women Commission Bihar for National Commission of Women on ‘Indecent Portrayal of Women in Print and Electronic Media’– This report is an outcome of discussion with the cross section of society in Patna Bihar who shared their perceptions about the indecent portrayal of women in print and electronic media, both at national and regional level. An attempt has been made to analyse the construction of gender and nation in Indian media and thereby to highlight the ideological beliefs and assumptions underlying and reinforcing the stereotypical definitions of Indian womanhood.
  7. ‘Bad Karma’ – A study on women in Prostitution in Bihar which was published by Global Forum for Health Research Forum 9. It isan ethnographic study of 55 female sex workers in Chaturbhuj sthan (One of Bihar’s biggest red light areas) through field observations and detailed open-ended interviews, under taken by Equity Foundation. The objective was to-
  • Determine the general plight and health problems of inner city sex workers
  • To understand the dynamics and patterns of prostitution
  • To focus on how victims cope up (or not) with the health problems
  • To understand the roles and functions of the formal state and voluntary agencies that was involved in containing and combating this phenomenon.
  • To look for pathways that can help the victims to aspire for a better future and strive to achieve it.
  1. ‘The Denial of Existence’- A study based on the plight of Musahar women in Madhubani a very remote region of Bihar. This study also highlighted the working pattern of various government and nongovernmental organisations working for this downtrodden class.

Field Projects

a) A 2 year Advocacy project on Capacity Building of Women PRI elected representatives for violence free governance and creating vibrant democratic constituencies of civil society supported by Centre for world solidarity (CWS)

b) State level Partners for UNDP on Migration Resource Centre (established in 2 Panchayats of Biddupur, Vaishali)

c) Capacity building of Dalit women PRIs in Gaya supported by Action aid

d) Worked for UNFPA and Jaagaran Pahal on Adolescent Girls Project in Bhojpur and Patna district

e) Working on ‘Dalit/SC/Minority Children’s Access to Education and Equity’ supported by KGF United Kingdom (UK) in Madhubani.

f) Heading Empowering Rural Women Programme – A 3 year project supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in 28 Panchayats of Bisfi Block in Madhubani district. Our community empowerment program is focused on Dalit and the most backward women. ERW is a unique program in the context of Bihar. The key focus is on the leadership development among the rural women of Dalit and the excluded sections of society that helps them in progressive realization of rights by ensuring entitlements. The program started in December 2011 currently being implemented in 28 Gram Panchayats of Bisfi Block in Madhubani district focussing on 13,000 dalit women from 40 SC dominated villages. The intervention is focussed on the leadership development of women through collectivization and providing a platform in the form of CBOs, strengthening women’s informed participation in local governance and ensuring entitlements related to right to work/livelihood and right to food for the most poor. The basic structure in the form of women’s collective namely, Gram Panchayat level Nari Sangh will help in layering the intervention with various other programs such as women’s literacy, on the basis of expressed need.

g) Working for Centre for World Solidarity on a 2 year Advocacy based programme on Female Feticide in Vaishali district of Bihar

 Lobbying

a) For Gender Sensitive Budget in the State. It was finally adopted by the Bihar government in its budget of 2009-10

b) Drafted a Panchayat Women Charter for women in local self governance

National Workshops/Seminars

a) A 2 Day National Seminar on ‘Role and expectation of Women Panchayat Representatives in the Panchayati Raj System in Bihar’ – supported by the Planning Commission of India (Department of Women & Child Development)

b) A 2 Day National workshop on “Women in Panchayats – A Gandhian Perspective”- Sponsored by Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti- Ministry of Youth & Tourism

c) A One day national workshop on ‘Gender Responsive budgeting’- Supported by the Planning Commission of India (Department of Women & Child Development)

d) A 2 day national workshop Mukhiyas in Bihar on ‘Gender Budgeting- a tool for women empowerment in Bihar’ supported by DFID and PACS

e) 8 days training programme on Gender budgeting for Mukhiyas in Vaishali, Patna, Gaya and Purnea – Supported by Ministry of Women & Child, government of India

f) 3 days training workshop for Staffs and partner NGOs of CARE on ‘Applied and Communicative Research Methodology and Process Documentation with a special focus on SPSS method’. (Supported by CARE Bihar)

g. One day State Level Consultation Workshop on Status of Implementation of Domestic Violence Act In Bihar- Supported by ACTION AID

h) The Foundation organized a one day seminar on Campus Violence- ‘Fighting bias and hate crimes on campus- Providing a safe educational environment: Promoting diversity, tolerance and safety’ with a special focus on Sexual Harassment in the academic institutions.

i. One day State Level Consultation Workshop on Sexual Harassment at workplace (16 days of ending violence against women campaign) supported by Action aid

Focused activities on Panchayati Raj:

The following will bring to light our Foundation’s endeavor towards improving women’s capacity in governance in Panchayati Raj and its noble endeavor of providing holistic and comprehensive training to the Panchayat members.

With a firm belief in the vision of decentralization and in the efficacy of devolution of powers, we decided to positively engage with the Panchayati Raj system in Bihar, especially in the context of the historic decision of the State Government to provide 50% reservation to women in Panchayat elections. In July 2006, with the support of the Planning Commission of India, we held a 2 day interactive awareness workshop on ‘Bihar Panchayat Elections-A turning point in the role of women leadership?’ The Minister for Panchayati Raj, Bihar, the Advisor (Women & Child), Planning Commission of India, state Government officials, representatives from the major NGOs and the development organizations, the media – they all participated in the workshop. The workshop was attended by almost 200 newly elected, as well as old, women Panchayat representatives (along with several male Mukhiyas) from every part of the state. Many of them were illiterate, and a number of them were from the historically oppressed castes, yet they all participated enthusiastically and directly engaged with the Minister, the bureaucrats and the NGOs, and brainstormed on how to carry out their tasks effectively and efficiently. The meet turned out to be crucial, and considerably raised the issue of increasing awareness levels of the newly elected Mukhiyas and their complete unawareness about their roles and responsibilities, the various schemes of the Government, and the powers vested on them.

The creation of FORUM – PANCHAYAT WOMEN POWER CONNECT (PWPC) & Presentation of Women Charter: Issued on: 7th day of July 2006-An initiative of Equity Foundation

The idea for empowering the women Panchayat workers through the establishment of an interactive FORUM of Women Panchayat Representatives was conceived by Equity Foundation. The activities designed for the FORUM-Panchayat Women Power Connect (PWPC) would help to develop strategies to empower the women as leaders.

The objective of the FORUM (PWPC) is to provide a platform to the Women PRIs to share their real life experience as leaders; how do they perceive 50% reservation for women in Panchayat elections to create awareness among the women leaders regarding their roles and responsibilities as PRIs; and finally to analyse the impact of women’s participation in Panchayati Raj-A phenomena of their hyper-visibility or invisibility?

The compilation of recommendations in the FORUM based on past and future  expectations of women Panchayats representatives would serve as a Charter of elected women representatives for the dos and don’ts in the Panchayati  Raj system, thus bringing the agenda of women Panchayats workers into public policy making. A Charter of demand was placed before the State Government to demonstrate the political will and to implement the demands within a reasonable time frame in order to strengthen the genuine grassroots and people participation in the state of Bihar

The Organisation held a 2 days national training workshop for the women Panchayats representatives-‘Women in Panchayats Issues & Challenges-A Gandhian Perspective’, supported by the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), New Delhi, on the occasion of 100 years of the Satyagraha movement. The workshop was again attended by the Minister, Panchayati Raj, Bihar, and the Chairperson of GSDS, Dr. Savita Singh, along with other stakeholders including the civil society. This time, a greater number of Panchayats representatives (250 PRIs) took part.

Recognizing the importance of gender budgeting, and a complete lack of awareness about the very concept amongst most stakeholders, the Foundation organized a national workshop on “Towards Gender-Responsive Budget: Strengthening Women Empowerment through gender responsive budgeting”, with the support of the Planning Commission. Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Sayeeda Hameed, top expert on gender budgeting Dr. Vibhuti Patel (HoD, Economics Dept., SNDT University,  Mumbai), and Additional Economic Advisor to the Women & Child Ministry, Nandita  Mishra, Ms. Firoza Mehrotra from UNIFEM, along with representatives from the State  Government, media and NGOs participated in the workshop held in April 2007. The workshop threw light on the various dimensions of gender budgeting, its need, and practical ways of implementing it through various channels.

It is more important to create a general awareness’ and understanding of the problems of women’s employment in all the top policy and decision making and executive personnel. There is also the special problem facing women like the preference for male children for social and cultural reasons. This will require awareness, understanding and action. The best way to do so is to educate the children, orient the teachers, examine the text books and teaching-aids and ensure that the next generation grows up with new thinking. It is with this view in mind that Equity Foundation organised a 2 day national workshop on ‘Gender budgeting -an effective tool for achieving women’s empowerment’ in the Panchayati raj system in October 2007. Through this workshop the Mukhiyas in the Panchayati raj institutions who are one of the major stakeholders responsible for the preparation of the district level planning of budgets were given training. The objective of this workshop was to enhance the awareness about gender budgets and impart practical skills to plan and budget for gender equity empowerment in the Panchayati Raj system. The workshop was supported by Department of International Development (DFID). It was a huge success as Mukhiyas from all 38 districts of Bihar participated (2 each-1 male and 1 female).

All this has enabled us to form a deep and long standing bond of mutual trust and respect with the Panchayats representatives from all parts of the state, as well as with key stakeholders in society. Through these endeavors, we have gained deep insights into their current status in terms of awareness, their strengths and their needs. This will give us a considerable head start when we start work on the formal training programme for the PRI representatives.

Besides this…………..

The Director of Equity Foundation was nominated as the Convener of the Core Committee for the Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan (PMSA) formed by the Department of Panchayati Raj (Government of Bihar) on the 8th of February, 2008. The purpose of this scheme was to address the empowerment of elected women Representative (EWR) in a systematic, programmatic manner. The principal goal of PMSA Bihar is to ensure development at the grass roots level by ensuring People’s participation in the local self governance.

The Equity Foundation also conceptualized and designed a magazine titled ‘SHAKTIRUPA’ – for the Panchayati Raj Department, Government of Bihar. We have also published a information booklet, calendars, posters, pamphlets, banners & a series of cartoons related to their rights and duties in regional language (Bhojpuri)

The Organisation can now boast of a strong networking with elected women PRIs from all parts of Bihar and we are fully capable of conducting training through assembling a host of elected women representatives. Besides this, we have a very efficient team of Trainers at the local/regional and national level with strong qualification and communication skills.

The Organisation conducted an 8 days training programme of 160 Mukhiyas from 4 districts of Bihar in March 2009 with the support of Ministry of women & child development on Gender Budgeting.

The Organisation is working on a 2 years Advocacy project for PRI in 10 Panchayats of Biddupr block of Vaishali district with the support of Center for world solidarity (CWS). The title of the project is ‘Capacity Building of women Panchayat Raj Elected Representatives for creating vibrant democratic constituencies of civil society’. This project has created a great impact on the EWRs.As a result they are attending meetings and trainings more regularly. They are becoming more assertive in putting forward their views and suggestions. They have become more vocal. The project is specially focusing on strengthening the women PRIs in contesting election through creating a violence free zone. The Organisation on its own initiative has been successful in motivating the PRI members to conduct 3 Gram Sabha and 3 Gram Kuchehry. This was historical as no Gram Sabha and Gram Kuchehry had been organised since the Panchayat election 2006.

The Organisation under a mini grant from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust on a research project on preparing a Status report on ‘Women Dalit headed Panchayats in Gaya and Patna’

Publications

Gender & Budget 

‘Gender-sensitive budgets’, ‘gender budgets’, and ‘women’s budgets’ refer to a variety of processes and tools aimed at facilitating an assessment of the gendered impacts of government budgets. It is important to recognize that ’women’s budgets’ or ‘gender-sensitive budgets’ are not separate budgets for women, or for men. They are attempts to break down, or disaggregate; the government’s mainstream budget according to its impact on women and men, and different groups of women and men, with cognizance being given to the society’s underpinning gender relations.” The book on ‘Gender and Budget’ is a collection of papers by eminent sociologists, economists, researchers, bureaucrats and academicians like Caroline Moser, Linda Mayoux, Andy Norton, Diane Elson, Ahalya S. Bhat, Suman Kolhar, Aarathi Chellappa & Anand. H, Nirmala Banerjee, Maithreyi Krishnaraj, Dr. Vibhuti Patel, Dr. Anant Kumar and Nandita Mishra

 Women struggle for existence

The book ‘Women struggle for existence’ is based on various gender issues such as- Gender and Millennium Development Goals, Gender Equality, Gender and Water, Right to Information, Gender and Health, Adolescents, Gender and Law, Gender and Media and Gender and Violence (Trafficking and HIV/AIDS) etc. by world fame esteemed authors like Naila Kabeer, Caroline Moser, Maithreiy Krishnaraj, Nirmala Banerjee, Vibhuti Patel and Ammu Joseph etc. The Book is an initiative to lay an imprint on the minds of different stakeholders and also the participants coming from diverse backgrounds about various gender specific issues and seemingly, the gender sensitive writings of these authors would help the readers to analyse the current status of women and their level of empowerment. Thus, the write-ups would facilitate in transforming women’s invisibility to a more dynamic hyper visibility with a change in the perception on the mind of the readers.

 Little Women, Strong Personalities (Diary)

History has been written in myriad ways. This will be so in future as well. But one thing is certain: in the years to follow the most popular piece of writing will be the one which will account for the ordinary people’s concerns and their personal struggles to meet those, and shape their destinies by their own hands. A writing that instead of glorifying the works of a handful of charismatic political personalities, high profile socialites, noted academicians, and celebrated achievers in different walks of life brings out non-dramatic yet moving tales of fight of ordinary women and men against injustices will increasingly be sought after. Such writings will not only focus on nation’s extraordinary and unusual incidences but also those that will convey common people’s saga of their lives.

Mukhiya Ki Diary

A workbook for Mukhiyas

MNREGA Manual

 OTHER GENDER BASED INITIATIVES

 Heading a programme supported by COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT & LOCAL GOVERNANCE-

The Organisation strongly believes that community empowerment with rights-based approach leads to sustainable development. Therefore we emphasize to make community rich in information through our collectivization of community and knowledge & capacity building program, so that they could address their social poverty, initiate for their economic enhancement and realize their civic rights with integrated development approach. Our community empowerment program is focused on Dalit and the most backward women.

About the Empowering Rural Women (ERW):

ERW is a unique program in the context of Bihar. The key focus is on the leadership development among the rural women of Dalit and the excluded sections of society that helps them in progressive realization of rights by ensuring entitlements. The program started in December 2011 currently being implemented in 28 Gram Panchayats of Bisfi Block in Madhubani district focussing on 13,000 dalit women from 40 SC dominated villages. The intervention is focussed on the leadership development of women through collectivization and providing a platform in the form of CBOs, strengthening women’s informed participation in local governance and ensuring entitlements related to right to work/livelihood and right to food for the most poor. The basic structure in the form of women’s collective namely, Gram Panchayat level Nari Sangh will help in layering the intervention with various other programs such as women’s literacy, on the basis of expressed need. In nutshell, currently the program’s focus is on the following points.

_ Collectivization of women in form of GP level Nari Sangh and leadership development among them

Collective voices of women in local governance: Active participation of CBO women in Open Gram Sabha meetings for ensuring transparent and participatory development process

_ Realization of wage entitlement under NREGA

_ Improving the Public Distribution System- PDS

_ Realization of other entitlements viz. JSY and other social security schemes

The focus of activity is:

  • Leadership Building
  • Ensuring Entitlements

Equity Foundation is also lobbying for Gender Responsive Budget to be adopted state-wide in all the departments.

Established a forum VISHAKA to work against sexual harassment of working women

Activities of Equity Foundation related to GENDER BUDGET

Equity Foundation is a non-governmental Organisation founded in 2002, with the primary objective of empowering women and creating new pathways for overcoming the obstacles to Women / Child development through a synergy of “Knowledge”, “Voice” and “Action”. Since its inception, the Foundation has established itself as one of the leading civil society organizations in the state of Bihar, and has made its humble, yet positive  and robust, contributions to society through a number of projects and activities that it has  carried out. The following will bring to light why our Foundation is aptly suited to do justice to its noble endeavor of providing holistic and comprehensive training to the stakeholders in general and Panchayat members in particular.

Recognizing the importance of gender budgeting, and a complete lack of awareness about the very concept amongst most stakeholders, the Foundation organized a national workshop on “Towards Gender-Responsive Budget: Strengthening Women Empowerment through gender responsive budgeting”, with the support of the Planning Commission. Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Sayeeda Hameed, top expert on gender budgeting Dr. Vibhuti Patel (HoD, Economics Dept., SNDT University,  Mumbai), and Additional Economic Advisor to the Women & Child Ministry, Nandita  Mishra, Ms. Firoza Mehrotra from UNIFEM, along with representatives from the State  Government, media, academicians and NGOs participated in the workshop held in April 2007. The workshop threw light on the various dimensions of gender budgeting, its need, and practical ways of implementing it through various channels.

It is more important to create a general awareness’ and understanding of the problems of women’s employment in all the top policy and decision making and executive personnel. There is also the special problem facing women like the preference for male children for social and cultural reasons. This will require awareness, understanding and action. The best way to do so is to educate the children, orient the teachers, examine the text books and teaching-aids and ensure that the next generation grows up with new thinking. It is with this view in mind that Equity Foundation organised a 2 day national workshop on ‘Gender budgeting -an effective tool for achieving women’s empowerment’ in the panchayati raj system in October 2007. Through this workshop the Mukhiyas in the panchayati raj institutions who are one of the major stakeholders responsible for the preparation of the district level planning of budgets were given training. The objective of this workshop was to enhance the awareness about gender budgets and impart practical skills to plan and budget for gender equity empowerment in the Panchayati Raj system. The workshop was supported by Department of International Development (DFID). It was a huge success as Mukhiyas from all 38 districts of Bihar participated (2 each-1 male and 1 female).

All this has enabled us to form a deep and long standing bond of mutual trust and respect with the Panchayats representatives from all parts of the state, as well as with key stakeholders in society. Through these endeavors, we have gained deep insights into their current status in terms of awareness, their strengths and their needs. This will give us a considerable head start when we start work on the formal training programme for the PRI representatives.

The Organisation can now boast of a strong networking with elected women PRIs from all parts of Bihar and we are fully capable of conducting training through assembling a host of elected women representatives. Besides this, we have a very efficient team of Trainers at the local/regional and national level with strong qualification and communication skills.

The Organisation conducted an 8 days training programme of 160 Mukhiyas from 4 districts of Bihar in March 2009 with the support of Ministry of women & child development on Gender Budgeting.

All this would serve to highlight that we have a sound professional and working relationship with the various NGOs, academicians, media, State Government, and other development organizations, which will allow us to draw on their expertise and strengths while carrying out the training programme. Moreover, the fact that we have already engaged with the panchayat representatives from Bihar on a number of occasions greatly enhances our ability to do complete justice to the vision of the training programme. The Equity Foundation sincerely hopes that its strengths and merits would be duly recognized, and it would be granted the honor of doing a great service to society by expanding the capabilities of thousands of panchayat members.

 IEC

  • Calendar on Panchayati Raj
  • Posters on Gender Budget and Panchayati Raj, Health, Sanitation and Education
  • Playing cards and snake and ladder games on relevant social, economic, legal and political issues
  • Posters on Panchayati Raj,  girls’ reproductive health, education, hygiene, domestic violence, right to information, MGNREGA and PDS