Elected Women Leaders Gather to Discuss Achievements and Challenges

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Nearly 300 elected women representatives (EWRs) from 14 blocks of 11 districts in Rajasthan participated in a two-day convention organized by The Hunger Project (THP)-India. The convention took place in the northern city of Jaipur September 7-8, 2011. The EWRs gathered for the convention were graduates of THP’s capacity building program in February 2010.

The two-day convention was used as a platform by the EWRs to share their achievements and challenges and develop strategies to overcome problems faced in their roles as elected representatives. Elected women from different parts of the state shared their breakthroughs on issues of education, health, water and sanitation, as well as their efforts to curb corruption, encourage panchayat (villiage council) transparency, and promote social justice and gender-inclusive governance. The EWRs also discussed policy issues and challenges at the Gram Panchayat level that act as impediments to women’s political participation throughout the state.

Active participation on behalf of the government was seen from Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister, Shri Bharat Singh, as he addressed the elected women gathered in the inaugural session of the convention. Additionally, senior government officials including the Director General, faculty from Indra Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sansthan, and Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Panchayati Raj Department participated in various sessions held throughout the convention. The event was also attended by Ms. Rita Sarin, THP-India Country Director, and Ms. Sriparna G. Chaudhri, THP-India Director. 

The two-day event received wide coverage by both print and electronic media in the state, promoting the empowerment of women leaders across India.

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