Founded by Activist Mahek Gandhi, almost a decade ago, Bhagyoday Charitable Trust has been doing grass root financial women empowerment of the urban economically weaker section of Mumbai.
The Trust educates, trains and gives an opportunity to over hundred women to supplement their independent and family income by creating handicrafts that are specially designed and marketed by the Trust. Mahek Gandhi truly believes that women empowerment is a continuous dynamic process of creating awareness and capacity building. It is a methodology that gives a woman freedom in decision making.“During the course of empowerment, women must examine their strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats and process forward to uncover their individual potential to attain goals through self-development. Bhagyoday Charitable Trust ensures women are well-organized within themselves and enhance their self-reliance with greater autonomy,” asserts Mahek.
“The economic empowerment of our women is considered as a sine-qua-non of progress for the nation; hence, the economic empowerment of women is of ultimate significance,” adds Saurabh.
The truth is in India, women are differentiated at every level, whether economic, education, healthcare, politics, and social participation. Many women have been found to be economically backward throughout the country. So, they require economic power to stand on their own legs on par with men.
According to the 2011 census, the rate of literacy among men in India is found to be 82.14%, whereas it is only 65.46% among women. Thus, a rise in education needs among women is of ultimate significance in empowerment.Some women don’t have sufficient intake of daily substitutes required for everyday energy needs, hence many women are suffering from nutritional in-deficiencies. Another problem is workplace harassment of women.Due to all the above reasons and more, women need empowerment in every region in order to protect and enjoy the social rights among themselves. The Trust with its office in Kandivali, a Western Suburb of Mumbai has been doing its bit via various activities to bring this social parity.These include creating income opportunities, self defense, providing nutritious lunch, distributing free school books to economically weak girl students, and celebrating festivals together, among others.The goal of the Trust is simple. Empowerment of women would result in an overall development of society both at the micro and macro level. Active participation of women in economic activities and decisions would contribute towards overall social and economic development of the nation.
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