In India, a girl child is often seen as a liability, leading to vile practices like sex-selective abortion and marriage of the girl in childhood.
Educating a girl child is given a low priority as she is considered to take on the role of a homemaker after marriage. For this reason, women who wish to work in the economy have more challenges when trying to acquire a skill and thus securing money for their microbusiness becomes difficult.
The Art of Living is passionate about empowering women and making them self-reliant. We use a multi-faceted approach to empower women.
Our approach includes; providing skills training to women, educating communities on gender equality, providing women access to better healthcare, and building supportive platforms where women can collaborate and exchange ideas. And finally, we equip women with stress-reduction and self-confidence building tools.
Frankly speaking, I never thought I could start my own parlor. This training enabled me to do so and get financial independence. I am really glad I took this training.
Swati Sherkhane, a mother of a two-year-old, graduate of beautician training center, Dharavi, Mumbai
The role of women in the development of society is of utmost importance. Infact, it is the only thing that determines whether a society is strong and harmonious, or otherwise. Women are the backbone of society.- Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Our strategy includes:
Providing vocational training: We train rural women in different skills like stitching, cutting, embroidery, beadwork, for jute bags, and agarbatti (incense stick) rolling in order to become financially self-reliant.
Educating communities: We have educated people against the practice of sex selection and female foeticide in India, through campaigns like The Girl Child Campaign 2013 and The Act Now Campaign 2014.
Strengthening the individual: We teach women techniques to reduce stress, which strengthen them from within and help build their self-confidence.
Building a supportive community: We create a sense of community spirit to face similar challenges as a team rather than individually. We build platforms to exchange thoughts, collaborate, and give women a more powerful voice.
Providing access to health: We organise medical camps for disadvantaged women both in rural and urban areas.
With your support we can achieve a lot more
A multi-faceted approach to social initiatives has saved many lives, lit many smiles, and helped communities experience progress. Every piece of service work is created with dedicated analysis, thoughtful care - keeping humaneness in the forefront.