Federation of Elected Women Leaders (Orissa, India)

Experiences from the ground revealed the dire need of an active support system for women panchayat leaders. The federation building process in Orissa will be launched this year.

The Hunger Project in Orissa organized a Training of Trainers Workshop on Federation Building of EWRs at the block level in Bhubaneswar on August 19-20, 2008. Drawing upon the experiences and suggestions of all participants, a comprehensive training module on federation building was developed for future block-level workshops and the WLWs.

The first of the block-level workshops was held in August 2008 by partner organization PECUC [Khurdha]. Heralding a new chapter in the training of EWRs, these exercises in federation building will no doubt give a boost to the courage and commitment of our EWRs in fulfilling their responsibilities as peoples' representatives.