Women have seldom participated in their emancipation due to educational and economic backwardness. Empowering women to participate fully in life across all sectors is essential to build stronger communities and economies. We believe that gender issues are not simply talking about women’s issues but about understanding opportunities, constraints and the impact of change as they affect both men and women. The impact of inequality is reflected in the status of women worldwide and in India. The United Nations Development Programme constituted eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for ensuring equity and peace across the world and Aruwe’s program for women is in alignment with the third MDG – promote gender equality and empower women.
The main objective of ‘Neythal Koodam’ programme is to train women on tailoring and thereby enhancing their economic status.
Aruwe provides vocational training to women including tailoring and embroidery, and women entrepreneurship development programs. Such programs have been bringing a ray of hope into the lives of thousands of women. Efforts are made to ensure that post training, they are able to establish tailoring units on their own and thus enjoy a sustainable income. The trained women are also helped to start small-scale production units.
The impact of the ‘Neythal Koodam’ initiative has been apparent as more than 70 percent of women from the first seven batches found employment either as entrepreneurs or as employees in private tailoring units.