Methods India

Empowerment

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

The journey towards women’s empowerment has its share of highs and lows. Women’s empowerment is a significant aspect of achieving gender equality. Women empowerment is not complete without focusing on grassroots. Women’s empowerment can be defined as promoting women’s self-worth, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others. Bhagyalakshmi Scheme serves as a framework to create a real impact on gender equality. We are on a plethora to support women from different socio-economic backgrounds.

In a country where 84 million are living in extreme poverty and 69% of the total population is living in the rural countryside, exploitation of the under-privileged happens in different ways. The category that suffers the most in this surreal game of shadows is women. Especially, when generations were made accustomed to a system suffused with patriarchy; where the role of women are designed to make them remain the lesser-equals for eternity.

A major part of the workforce at MIPL hails from neighbouring villages in Hoskote Taluk of Karnataka, which, incidentally, has a literacy rate of 86.22%, which is well above the state average of 75.36%. However, like any other rural district in the country, the life of a girl born into the neighboring villages, is fraught with financial inadequacies thanks to the concealed preference given to the opposite gender. This is conspicuous in every aspect of her stages of life – from infancy, to being a girl, to a woman and later when she dons the role of a wife and a mother.

In the Bhagyalakshmi Scheme, we set aside an amount of Rs. 100,000 at birth for every girl child of our employees who are residing in the neighboring village communities. This amount will be kept as a fixed bank deposit in the child’s name till the girl reaches a marriageable age, when it can be withdrawn and used for expenses related to her marriage. This is our way of ensuring that the family is supported financially at a time when it is most needed.

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