India is a prominent global voice that has made significant progress on human development over the past 60 years, but the benefits of a growing economy are not shared equally: the country is still home to one-third of the world’s poor.

Discrimination based on sex, female infanticide and gender-selective abortion are also part of everyday life. This shows a systematic devaluation of women and girls in society. Moreover, due to the caste system, a strong patriarchal control over political and social processes is widespread.

According to the 73rd state constitutional amendment of 1992, one third of India's municipal council mandates are reserved for women. In some Indian states, the 50% quota even applies. This is a revolutionary step with enormous implications. For the first time, women, at least in principle, have the mandate and the political influence to work with the villagers on their concerns and to mobilize state resources for this purpose. However, the implementation of this law in practice is a major challenge. Deeply rooted, patriarchal and feudal structures often stand in the way.

Successes 2016

Thanks to your support in our empowerment program we have already achieved a lot in India!

  • More than 120,000 local councillors have been trained. In this way, women have been politically strengthened and the presence of women in local governments has increased significantly.
  • More than 1,000 trainers were trained with the Training of Trainers (ToT) concept.
  • The capacities of more than 50 organisations at community level have been successfully built up.
  • 132 solidarity groups are active in 60 districts of the 7 states where THP India works. A total of 7,000 local councillors are members of these solidarity groups.
  • 20 SWEEP (Strengthening Women's Empowerment through Electoral Process) campaigns were successfully organised. The SWEEP campaigns aim to involve women in local elections and increase the participation of women in local elections.
  • The Panchayats (democratically elected local government) as an institution were strengthened.

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