Overview

'Making Women's Voices and Votes Count', is a two-year project (2013 -2014) supported by UN Women and the National Mission for the Empowerment of Women, that aims at building a vibrant women's political constituency across three sites: Mysore (Karnataka),Kutch and Bhavnagar (Gujarat). The partnering organisations are IT for Change, Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghathan (KMVS) and Area Networking and Development Initiatives (ANANDI), respectively.

 

The project seeks to:

  • Strengthen linkages between elected women representatives and marginalised women's collectives, by organising face to face meetings as well as exploring the potential of Interactive Voice Response System technology to network geographically dispersed women.
  • Set up women-owned community information centres at the sub-district(block) and village level to enable marginalised groups to access entitlements and effectively exert their claims on state structures.
  • Use community media for solidarity-building and citizenship education of elected women representatives and women's collectives, and for carving out an alternative discourse on gender and governance in the local public sphere.

 

Read the project proposal here.