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EKTA Resource Centre for Women

Protect and Promote women's Rights

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CAPACITY BUILDING

Capacity Building is perceived by Ekta as more than trainings and an ongoing process through which individuals, groups, organizations and communities enhance their ability to identify and meet development challenges and move towards actualizing their rights. The interventions in this are centers around the following thematic areas:

GENDER AND GOVERNANCE

Governance relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power to people. It is believed that women because of their connection to social movements that promote women’s empowerment will use their power in transformative ways and avoid co-option. Moreover activism within social movements enables the forging of collective identities, consciousness raising and combativeness towards authorities that may continue to influence women’s identities and interests within institutions. Therefore, facilitating women’s political participation is seen as very crucial to women’s empowerment. Thus, EKTA gives utmost priority to gender and governance with the following specific objectives:

  • Enhancing women’s political participation at all levels
  • Strengthening their knowledge base and leadership skills
  • Advocacy for an enabling environment to participate in the governance.

 GENDER AND HUMAN RIGHTS    

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) enshrines that human rights are universal and indivisible. The rights declared are civil, political, economical, social and cultural and constitute an obligation for the members of the international community to fulfill the same. These principles of UDHR have been enacted into two primary treaties on human rights as International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). In this division of the rights into separate categories, the primacy of civil and political rights (public) and marginalization of social economic and cultural rights (private) create issues and problems in actualizing women‘s rights as human rights.

Constitution of India gurantees equal rights of all citizen and has special provision for the protection of the vulnerable groups. However the gap between the legal framework and its implementation at the ground level remain a huge concern. The victimhood of vulnerable groups of women, dalits and minorities remains grossly unaddressed. The main reason being lack of legal awareness and also the deficit in the mechanism to monitor the implementation process. Therefore Ekta gives priority to awareness creation on the national, international legal instruments and frameworks to address gender inequality. It has been facilitating grass root mobilization since the Pre- Beijing process, holding consultations at various levels to disseminate Beijing plat form for action, CEDAW, Sexual Harassment at work place prevention and Sustainable development goals.

Beijing+20

CEDAW

Sustainable Development Goals

GENDER AND MASCULINITY    

Empowerment of girls and women is absolutely essential, but it is also both unjust and impractical to expect those who are discriminated against, to take the responsibility for ending gender based discrimination and violence. Therefore working with men and boys is adopted as an essential strategy to question the idea and practice of automatic male power and privilege, along with female inferiority, based on gender definitions, is very crucial. Ekta organizes training programmes and promotes debate and discussions at various levels (among students, NGOs and lager civil society organizations) and engages them in campaign initiatives.

Forum to Engage Men