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PGSS was awarded with Certificate of Appreciation for "Innovation in Programming" by IGSSS during the partners meeting held at Guwahati in 2016 Read More
PGSS won First Prize at National Level competition for the best Annual Report, organized by Caritas India in Bangalore Read More
District level WASH Forum Meeting in Kushinagar was held on 21 August 2016. Read More
Visit of Manos Unidas delegates from Spain scheduled from 03/10/2016 to PGSS Read More
Training on Result Based Management (RBM) was held at PGSS with the support of ASK New Delhi for all the Project Staff Read More
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was celebrated on 3rd December 2015 in Gorakhpur. 1755 Children with Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities joined for the celebration. Read More
International Women's Day- 2016 was celebration in all the Community Centres of PGSS in all Seven Districts of Gorakhpur- Basti Divisions Read More
Visit of CBM Delgates from New Zealand from 03-08th October, 2016 on Disability Inclusive Organic Farming Activities Read More
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We visualize a society based on justice, gender equity and fullness of life for all.


Empowerment of the Marginalized People of the society, especially the Dalits, Women and Children through a process of awareness, organization and collective actions for raising their socio-political, educational, economic, health status and promotion of safe environment


A process of animation among women and men to become aware, form and organize into groups and federations and to take actions for integrated, participatory and sustainable development

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Women Empowerment

The component aims at establishment of a gender just society. It works with the help of the strategy of community organisation, awareness and collective action. Highlights of activities: 1. Enhancing women's participation in open meetings of the Panchayats 2. Efforts for enhancing self esteem of women and children 3. Facilitating emergence of local women leaders to lead the community 4. Networking with government bodies to access the benefits of government programs 5. Women's awarness to raise voices against exploitation 6. Facilitation collective actions for the welfare of the community 7. Capacity building on different aspects of development through exposure visits and training programs 8. Sensitization on NREGA/NRHM/RTI/Panchayati Raj 9. Formation of Block, and District level federations of Mahila Mandals to take up development issues on a wider scale 10. Grading of groups for strengthening

Total Mahila Mandals: 657
Total member of Mahila Mandals: 14105
Women are the most important target group of PGSS as women in its area of operation are compelled to lead a pitiable life. Just 12 to 18 per cent of women are literate and the percentage of adequately educated women in the area goes further down. Almost 60 to 70 per cent girls in the area are married between ages 12 and 15 years, much less than 16 years, the age of marriage prescribed by the law. The area has high infant mortality rate of 110 per 1,000 live births. Maternal mortality ratio is also high at 4.5 women per 100,000 births. A whopping 80 per cent of women work as domestic and agricultural labourers in the unorganised sector. But they are paid only Rs 20 to 35 as wages for a day's hard labour.

This amount is not less than the one prescribed by the law, but also less in comparison of what men get. Lastly, sex ratio (number of women per 1,000 men) is decreasing with each passing year, posing threat to the very existence of women.
PGSS is working towards women empowerment right since its formation it visualises a society with gender equity.

The objectives to work towards women empowerment are multi-pronged:
• To attain the gender equity
• To have equal opportunities for girl children to education
• To ensure participation in decision making beginning from family circles
• To eliminate all forms of violence against women
• To promote economic independence
• To motivate for political participation and their effective role in decision making
• To build up local leadership
• To mobilize public opinion on specific issues and problems of women
• To build a strong women’s movement
• To network with other women organizations

Under women empowerment development interventions are those which affect the entire society. Thus emphasis is laid on women education, women health, income generation activities, resistance of exploitation and attainment of social justice.

Empowering women in an area like Purvanchal is not easy due to the prevealling of the old mindset and feudal society. The task is onerous. In view of this, a community based structure - Nav Jyoti Mahila Sangharsh Mandal has been formed. The members of these groups take action on issues the women in the area face and act as a link between PGSS and the community in general.


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