5,000-member Federation of Elected Women Leaders Launched

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The Hunger Project (THP)-India is pleased to report that SUGRAMA, a federation of elected women representatives from 87 blocks across 21 districts in Karnataka, has been officially launched.

THP launched the 5,000-member strong federation at a convention attended by more than 600 elected officials on May 27, 2009. Shobha Karnadlaje, Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, attended the convention as the Chief Guest.

In her remarks to the attendees, Renuka, SUGRAMA's President, stated that elected women representatives of Karnataka want to bring real change to their panchayats (village councils), yet everyday, they face challenges ranging from bureaucracy to gender discrimination to other forms of social injustice. Renuka said that now, with SUGRAMA, women in Karnataka who serve in their panchayats will finally have a unified platform from which to speak, and the strength and support that comes from that solidarity.

THP-Country Director, Rita Sarin (pink), with Chief Guest to her right, and Steering Committee of SUGRAMA.

Read more about THP's work to empower elected women representatives in India.