The need of women empowerment arose because of the gender discrimination and male domination in the Indian society since ancient time.Women's empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do, and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied. women's empowerment means accepting and allowing women who are on the outside of the decision-making process into it. “This puts a strong emphasis on participation in political structures and formal decision-making and, in the economic sphere, on the ability to obtain an income that enables participation in economic decision-making. Women are empowered when they are able to access the opportunities available to them without limitations and restrictions such as in education, profession and lifestyle. Empowerment includes the action of raising the status of women through education, awareness, literacy, and training.
Awareness and Training Programmes
Women groups are formed in the villages of the working area and capacitated through awareness and training programmes on various social issues, women’s rights, laws, government schemes and provisions, social security schemes, leadership, personality development and life skill entrepreneurship.
Women Sangha and Federation
What started as an outreach programme to the mothers of child labourers, gradually emerged as Self Help Groups (SHG). JJ aimed at restoring human dignity by enabling the women to become sensitized human beings by providing opportunities to gain awareness of their issues and rights through education and skill development to make their own decisions in life. The women’s self Help groups initiated by Jeeva Jyothi exist as forum to uplift the socio-Economic situation of women, while also focusing on the eradication of child labour in the areas in which they live and work. They hope to strengthen their solidarity and bring about cultural change in the community. Women sangams have empowered themselves to become a democratically elected body with bye-laws and procedures. They have educated themselves on the current social climate in their communities. Adult literacy, income generation programmes and self-employment increase their family income and make them responsible and decision makers in their own lives, family and community. Through education, vocational training and the Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP),they are slowly rebuilding their lives.