Elected Women Leaders Empowered by THP-India in 2011

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An Excerpt from THP-India's Update to the Global Board

October 2011

During this reporting period, THP-India’s bottom-up gender-focused programs involved more than 18,000 participants in more than 1,700 activities in areas of Strengthening Women’s Leadership; Federation Building; Making Panchayats Effective; Influencing Public Opinion; and Advocacy & Alliances

THP-India has continued to foster strong advocacy and funding partnerships with organizations such as UN Women and the Human Rights Commission. To ensure maximum programmatic impact from these partnerships, efforts were made to determine the most effective strategies with a number of field studies including a query into panchayat presidency term length and another into falling panchayat participation in Rajasthan. Cooperative plans of action have been implemented in each case to build future strategies based on the experiences of elected women representatives and other grassroots leaders.


  • Strengthening Women Leadership: THP-India was awarded the Edelgive Social Innovation award for its work in SWEEP – the 2010 Gram Panchayat pre-election campaign for women in Bihar that resulted in the re-contesting and appointment of 95 percent of the participating 14 elected women leader (EWR) federations.
  • Campaign for the Removal of the Two Child Norm1: Two consultations with various NGO partners, including United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), have helped in bringing together a consolidated action plan and strategies to take the campaign forward.
  • Partnerships for Advocacy, Awareness and Fundraising:
    • THP-India participated in the launch of UN Women in March 2011 and has been a partner of UN Women since July 2010.
    • THP-India was also invited by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to participate in its country strategy discussions on women and governance.

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1In an attempt to limit population growth and encourage a “two-child norm," laws were passed allowing removal of elected representatives who had more than two children. In practice, this law only removed women from governance – men would simply divorce their wives to “reduce” their number of registered children.