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Empowering Women through Skill Development

Mar 15, 2022
Women Skill Development

Once Swami Vivekananda said, “There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved.” Women’s empowerment is one of the prodigious tools for the effective development of any country.

It is the process of improving the social and economic status of Women Empowerment, primarily by increasing their skills and knowledge. A lot of companies worldwide are also striving to bring women to the forefront of society.

Skill Development-A Prerequisite for Women’s Empowerment

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 women empower themselves. Through skill development, women can be truly empowered with the right kind of training and encouragement.

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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:

The Role of Skill Development in Women Empowerment

Skill development plays a critical role in women’s empowerment. Empowering women through skills training and education can help to bridge the gender gap and promote gender equality.

When women have access to education and skills training, they can enhance their personal and professional development, gain independence, and contribute positively to their families and communities.

Women who receive skill development training are better equipped to secure higher-paying jobs, start their own businesses, and become financially independent. This, in turn, can lead to a greater sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and confidence, and ultimately, help to break down barriers to gender inequality.

Moreover, skill development programs can provide women with a platform to connect with other women and build social networks, which can further enhance their economic and social empowerment. Through these networks, women can share knowledge, experiences, and resources, and support each other in their personal and professional growth.

Finally, skill development programs can also play a crucial role in promoting women’s participation in decision-making processes at various levels. By providing women with the necessary skills and knowledge, they can become more active participants in their communities and contribute to the development of policies and programs that address their needs and aspirations.

In conclusion, skill development is a crucial component of women’s empowerment. It can help women to gain economic independence, enhance their personal and professional growth, build social networks, and participate in decision-making processes.

Therefore, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders should prioritize investment in skill development programs that specifically target women to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Self-employment through skill acquisition

 

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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. Respect, dignity, and equal rights must be afforded to them. A united effort concentrated in the right direction is all that is needed for 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.

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