Dr. Ranjana Kumari
As I look back, I am proud of the efforts that the team has collectively made in not only lending momentum to the social causes, but also empowering women and children of India through a variety of programs. We achieved significant headway on our mission to build an equitable society where women feel empowered in all spheres of life. This has brought us one step closer to remove discrimination and violence against women as a day-to-day matter.
To help establish an equitable world, we continued to work tirelessly to address the harmful practices of pre-natal sex discrimination and gender biased sexselection in the 5 gender critical districts of Haryana. As a result of our endeavour, the Child Sex Ratio has improved in each of these 5 districts. As part of our efforts to ensure that no girl misses out on education due to gender biases, our approach to engage with young girls through the Sports for Empowering Girls program is an attempt to address discrimination against girls and women in accessing education and sports for holistic development of their personalities and economic empowerment.
At CSR, we strive towards building women’s skills, economic development, equal opportunities in sports, the right to education, promote women leadership and the link between women and climate change because we see that women have the power to change the world.
This year, under our Women Skills Development initiative, we continued to promote nontraditional livelihoods for women with Security Guards and Office Assistants Program. Our Office Assistants Program was launched in July in collaboration with German Embassy and after the conclusion of the program, I was very happy to see the successful placements of our trainees for both the programs.
The lives we lead today, especially when it comes to our environment and the way global climate changes have affected lives of people all over the world our Gender, Water and Climate Change project to enhance women’s leadership capacity in water conservation and to find women-inclusive solutions for the climate crisis, has led to an expansion from Elected Women Representative’s to Self-Help Groups, Government officials and other community members as well.
On the political front, we continued with our advocacy efforts for the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill. In our last consultation, we completed 60,000 signatures and continue to receive more everyday through our efforts to spread awareness about the lack of women leaders, and garner more support for the passage of the Bill. This year as well we have continued to support the victims of violence through our Crisis Intervention Centres (CIC), providing them counselling, paramedical and legal help where needed. When I interact with these women, I am more convinced than ever before that our society needs a social change towards a gender-just society. Under the Gender Training Institute, we organised a National Conference on building safe and equitable urban spaces in partnership with the Asia Foundation, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Saftipin in November. This conference was an initiative to shed light on the work done with the trainings in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and to invite dialogue on how to create safer, responsible and gender neutral urban spaces.
Lastly, I would like to conclude by expressing my gratitude for being voted amongst the 100n Most Influential Leaders in Gender Policy by Apolitical. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to my team at CSR, as well as the partners for their continuous support.
“We achieved significant headway on our mission to build an equitable society where women feel empowered in all spheres of life. This has brought us one step closer to remove discrimination and violence against women as a day-to-day matter.”