Once Swami Vivekananda said, “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved.” Women empowerment is one of the prodigious tools for the effective development of any country. It is the process of improving social and economic status of women, primarily by increasing their skills and knowledge. A lot of companies worldwide are also striving to bring women to the forefront of society.
Investing in women’s skill development is one of the most crucial and effective means to drive progress on poverty eradication, gender equality, and inclusive economic growth. A huge base of women is eager to learn new skills and empower themselves. With the right kind of training and encouragement, women can be truly empowered through skill development.
The KMG Foundation – the CSR arm of Key Management Group Inc., has been working relentlessly for women since 2007 and believes in empowering women by providing them a suitable platform to learn, grow, earn, and expand. Keeping this aim intact, we initiated a skill development project for women at a census town named Bawana near Delhi. The name of the project is “Sui Dhaaga.” It is a free tailoring training program for underprivileged women and girls. This initiative is intended towards enriching the capabilities of underprivileged women by imparting tailoring training, thereby providing them with an independent and refulgent future.
There are a few steps that are being embraced to bring about successful women empowerment:
Self-employment through skill acquisition
Various training programs are being introduced to enhance livelihood opportunities of underprivileged women who have scant exposure to knowledge and skills.
Additional training equipment
To enhance access to skill development, appropriate facilities are being constituted like setting up additional training equipment, increasing the pool of women trainers, etc.
Requirement for special delivery mechanisms
In order to bridge the gap, there is a requirement for special delivery mechanisms like mobile training units, flexible afternoon batches with local needs-based training. It should also focus on women-related issues like safe training environment, equity in remuneration and complaint redressal mechanism, employment of women trainers, etc.
ICT incorporation in skill development
The need to incorporate ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in skill development solutions has increased due to Covid-19 Pandemic. The focus on the promotion of internet or mobile-based platform which would connect skilled women and employers has become of utmost importance.
In A Nutshell
Empowering women economically, socially, politically, educationally, and legally is essential for the country’s socio-economic development. If given an opportunity, women are capable of managing everything. They must be treated with respect, dignity, and equal rights. All we need is a united effort concentrated in the right direction that would rest only with women’s liberation. As the population of India increasingly moves towards the ‘knowledge economy,’ it becomes quite significant for it to focus on the advancement of the skills relevant to the emerging economic environment. Henceforth, an efficient skill development system is the need of the hour for empowering women.