Elakkiya, S. and M. Asokhan
The study focused to assess the contributing factors i.e. association and contribution of socio economic characteristics with empowerment of Pudu Vazhvu project women members. The study carried out in Namakkal district because it is one of the districts in Tamil Nadu where Pudu Vazhvu project was implemented. A sample of 132 respondents were selected from two blocks (six villages) by using Proportionate Random Sampling technique. Correlation and Multiple Regression analysis were used to draw meaningful interpretation by using IBM SPSS software. The results inferred that occupational status (X3), leadership abilities (X10) had positive significant association with empowerment at five per cent level of probability. Information sharing behaviour (X14) had significant contribution at one per cent level of probability. Age (X1) had significant contribution at one per cent level of probability but the contribution was negative. The results inferred that a unit increase in occupational status, leadership abilities, and information sharing behaviour would result in 1.692, 0.654 and 1.765 units increase in the level of participation respectively. A unit increase in age will decrease in the level of participation by 0.378 unit.
Keyword: Empowerment of women; Correlation and regression in empowerment; Pudu Vazhvu Project.