Women Leadership Program

Historically, challenges like inequality, circumstances of abuse, lack of opportunities and patriarchal mindset of our societies have deprived women of their personal development, economic independence and realizing their full potential.

AALI believes that women can be the pillar of strength and resilience for their communities and they have immense potential of leadership. Building women leadership is not only critical to the empowerment of individual women, but also for the empowerment of families, communities and societies. Our communities need active contribution from women in all matters, public and political.

AALI started its ‘Women Leadership Program’ from Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh in the year 2009, and later expanded to Varanasi district in the year 2017.

The ‘Women leadership Program’ aims to develop Community leaders as ‘change agents’ in their own community. The program focuses on building leadership skills of women so they can be the change agents for achieving the social changes required for sustainable development.

AALI builds awareness and capacity of selected women leaders on Gender and Patriarchy, Constitutional rights, Rights and Entitlements, Access to social protection schemes etc. AALI encourages the leadership and participation of women in the matters of governance in their communities and on all issues that affect their lives, including Gender Based Violence, Women’s autonomy and agency, Right to Choice, Decision making power etc.

Key activities undertaken under the women leadership program are:

  • Capacity building of women to create ‘change agents’ in the communities
  • Community awareness on the issues related to Women’s rights, Laws related to women
  • Supporting women to get access to Justice
  • Linking communities to social protection schemes
  • Workshops and trainings in schools and colleges on Women’s human rights, Laws related to women
  • Community meetings on the issues that affect the lives of women, like Gender Based Violence, Access to Social Protection schemes etc
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A girl who has attained the age of discretion and was on the verge of attaining majority and is capable of knowing what was good and what was bad for her, cannot be said to be a victim of inducement. … In such circumstances, desire of the girl/victim is required to be seen.
Paragraph 23Shaheen Parveen and Ors. vs. State of U.P. and Ors.2015(7)ADJ713