Single Women Leadership Training Programmes

Single Women Leadership Training Programmes

The Organization of Strong Women Alone (Ekal Nari Shakti Sansthan) really is an Organization run by the single women leaders, who organize and mobilize other single women to work together to solve the problems of single women, and to bring a better life for the communities in which they live.

The identification of potential leaders comes as a result of observing the strength of the women themselves. In discussion sessions, they have insightful ideas, and express themselves well. They attend meetings regularly, attending and taking initiative on the issues taken up. They do not hesitate to travel alone in their work with the Organization. It is helpful if they are literate, and also if they have some schooling at least up to Class 10 or 12 pass, but sometimes, when inner leadership capacity shines through, the Organization can help them to learn to read and write!

Single Women Leadership Training Programmes
Single Women Leadership Training Programmes

The Organization spreads information about such schemes, laws, programmes through meetings, training programmes, and print materials. This work of the Organization enables better implementation of government schemes at the grassroots level so that deprived people can get benefit from them.

One of the main reasons that things have changed for Single Women associated with the Organization, is that they are not alone. If a case of domestic violence, exploitation or other atrocity is reported at a meeting, the other Single Women send a small group of women to see what the ground level situation is. If necessary, they counsel the family members, help the woman to file a police case, or make arrangements to help the affected Single Woman move out of that living arrangement.

New leaders will have to take a “lead” in working on issues of: violence against women, accessing government entitlements, working for “inclusion” and communal harmony, single women’s land rights, livelihood training, housing, health, education, child care, and the wide variety of other issues raised in the lives of the marginalized, particularly low-income single women.

Every year, the Organization organizes several residential training courses for the leaders of the Organization – the Gram Panchayat and Block leaders, Motivators and Facilitators, the General Body and Executive Committee members.

Single Women Leadership Training Programmes
Single Women Leadership Training Programmes

Monthly meetings of workers always have a learning component. These leaders help the hundreds and thousands of single women associated with the Organization across Rajasthan, to learn about laws, schemes, policies and rules of government so hundreds of women can “access entitlements”. Leaders learn about the structures of administration, governance, and democracy so they can approach the correct people to solve problems. They also learn how to plan and conduct meetings and training programmes, and how to plan actions which can address social issues. They analyse issues relevant to work with single women – patriarchy and women’s strength (stree shakti).

Print materials (pamphlets, newsletters), study tours, are also ways to learn new information or knowledge. And of course, taking part in the work of the Organization over several years hones the leadership capacities of these special women leaders – “experience is the best teacher!”