Though Panchayati Raj Institutions have had a long standing history in the state of Rajasthan, it was with the enactment of the 73rd constitutional amendment, that Panchayati Raj Institutions came into being as constitutionally mandated bodies of local self governance. Seizing the historic opportunity for women’s participation in local self governance brought in through the provision of reservation for women, The Hunger Project has been working towards strengthening women’s leadership in panchayats since 2001.
Post the 2010 Panchayat elections, a new program of mobilization and capacity building of elected women representatives has been initiated. At present, The Hunger Project is working in 11 districts covering 14 blocks and working intensively with 1800 elected women representatives in the state.
Working in collaboration with twelve local partners, The Hunger Project organizes Women’s Leadership Workshops, Training of Trainers, Follow-up Workshops and need-based workshops. It is only through capacity building and empowerment of women that we can find a path to better the conditions of the disadvantaged women who have been excluded from all processes and benefits of development.