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A PARTICIPATORY INTERVENTION PROGRAMME FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN

Indira Bishnoi, Shivani Shrivastava & Richa Pandey

Abstract

The present work is an interactive and participatory research. Out of one hundred and eleven villages of Naugarh block of Chandauli district, all women (165) of three randomly selected villages having more than 50 percent schedule caste population were targeted as respondents (census sampling). The data was collected with rapport building in various P.R.A. sessions in order to establish effective community dialogue. Due to social and economic backwardness women of the study area were more burdened and they had to share abundant responsibilities in running the family. People were mainly farmers, food gatherers, forest produce collectors. Factors like geographical isolation, lack of seeds, fertilizers, irrigation facilities and impoverished economic etc were responsible for their under development. Illiteracy, poverty, ill health and civic inertia made their socio-economic condition poor. A functional literacy progamme was started on extensive demand of local women and the effort proved to be a great success.

Keyword: interactive and participatory research, P.R.A.,

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