Gender Equity and Governance
Centre for Catalyzing Change (formerly CEDPA INDIA) is committed to women’s equal participation in governance and leadership roles as a step towards building a stronger nation. Reflecting local values and needs, we partner with communities to raise women’s voices and mobilize for better public policies and programs to increase women’s political participation. Believing that a larger role for women will lead to empowered, healthier societies, we work to increase leadership roles for women within their families and communities. We provide training to women to help them take leadership roles better and we involve men and youth in supporting women’s voices. In this effort, Centre for Catalyzing Change is building capacities of elected women panchayat representatives to spearhead change. These representatives are trained and supported to address gender inequities, and to ensure monitor delivery of health and education services.
We also work to increase understanding of the risk and protective factors underlying violence against women, including domestic violence to reduce the incidence of violence and the perceived threat among women and girls. Based on its past decades of experience of strengthening women leadership, we work to build capacities of women in leadership position in civil societies. Women supported by Centre for Catalyzing Change are taking on leadership roles in promoting family planning, ensuring birth preparedness, guiding adolescents, providing community based services and increasing awareness.