EKTA Resource Centre for Women

Protect and Promote women's Rights

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Capacity Building is perceived by EKTA as more than training, 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 thematic areas have been brought under three broader headings namely Governance, Human Rights and Masculinities with gender as the cross cutting concern.


Governance is the activity of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power. More over, it is believed that women because of their ongoing connection to social movements that promote women’s empowerment will use their power in transformative ways and avoid co-option. In addition to that 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:

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


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), created in 1948 as an international body of laws, was meant to protect the integrity and dignity of human beings. The rights declared in the UDHR correspond with five categories such as 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.



Sustainable Development Goals


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 automatice male power and privilege, along with female inferiority, based on gender definitions, is very crucial. EKTA organized Training programmes and promoted debate and discussions at various levels (among students, NGOs and lager civil society organizations) and engaged them in campaign initiatives.

Forum to Engage Men