Elected To Lead: Women Representatives In Panchayats(local village councils)
Who we are
A Global, Non-Profit, Strategic Organisation
The Hunger Project (THP) is committed to ending hunger and extreme poverty. It runs programmes across 12 countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
In India, the aim is to encourage transformative leadership through a holistic approach. THP India firmly believes that active participation of women in political and decision-making processes at the grassroots level will deepen democracy, promote good governance, and ensure local development, which is socially just and gender equal.
Towards Empowered Elected
Women Leaders In Local Governance
Our strategies and interventions recognise the unique problems that are faced by women in accessing their rights and entitlements, and we focus on how elected women representatives can claim these.
Womens Leadership Initiatives
Promote and support elected women’s political leadership in local governance
Access to Rights and Entitlements
Ensuring rights and entitlements of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in Panchayats
Advocating Women’s Empowerment
Build a national dialogue to advocate for women’s political empowerment
Facilitating Learning and Exchange
Facilitating greater cross learning and exchange amongst the people involved
Core programme strategy
Strengthening Women’s Leadership
The core strategies of THP India have two broad thrusts – one focuses on developing the capacities and leadership skills of elected women, and the other on creating and strengthening the support structures for elected women to function effectively. These are firmly rooted in the core principles of – gender equality, social justice, inclusion, collaboration, accountability, and decentralisation.
Susheela is serving as a ward member of her gram panchayat (village council) in Madhya Pradesh, India. Her experience as an Elected Women Representative has particularly made her realize that a united collective effort by the people is capable of ushering in significant social transformation in the community.