Madhya Pradesh was the first state in the country to implement the 73rd and 74th Amendment to the Constitution. However, though the percentage of women in local governance has increased in the last 17 years, the elected women representatives are still severely marginalized in a state ridden with feudal and caste wars and need hand holding, support and mentoring.
The Hunger Project is working in the state with partner organizations at three levels-
- Training & capacity building of the elected women representatives
- Advocacy on different issues which gives strength to Panchayats and women in the governance
- Media Dialogue to create an enabling environment for elected women representatives and marginalized people on various issues like gender discrimination, right to food, right to information, public distribution system, violence against women, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, health, education and other developmental issues.
The main focus has been to develop transformative leadership among elected women representatives in collaboration with partner organizations such as Mahila Chetna Manch, Action Aid, UNICEF, UNFPA, IWID and others. Such organizations have provided a strong network for advocacy.