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PGSS was awarded with Certificate of Appreciation for "Innovation in Programming" by IGSSS during the partners meeting held at Guwahati Read More
PGSS won First Prize at National Level competition for the best Annual Report, organized by Caritas India in Bangalore Read More
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) was celebrated on 02nd December 2017 in Gorakhpur. 2792 Children/Persons with Disabilities joined for the celebration. Read More
International Women's Day- 2018 was celebration in all the Community Centres of PGSS in all Seven Districts of Gorakhpur- Basti Divisions Read More
State Award for PGSS: State Government of U.P. awarded PGSS for creating ‘barrier-free environment' on 03/08/2017 given by Shri Yogi Adityanath ji (Hon’ble Chief Minister of U.P.) Read More
Fr Varghese, Director of PGSS, received the State Award from Shri Yogi Adityanath ji (Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh) on 03/12/17 for creating Barrier-Free Environment for PwDs Read More
Launch of Disability Inclusive Unit for the production of Low Cost Sanitary Pads for Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Read More
Inauguration of Disability Inclusive FPO (KMPCL) on Collection & Processing of Milk at Kushinagar on 05/06/18 Read More
Dr Sara Varughese(CBM) in the presence of Most Rev Thomas Thuruthimattam & other Dignitaries, inaugurated the Disability Inclusive FPO on Central Processing of Organic Food Products on 11/08/17 Read More
Inauguration on CHILD HELP DESK (CHD) at Gorakhpur Railway Station on 12 June 2018 with the support of CHILDLINE India Foundation Read More
National Award - FIRST PRIZE - ‘Social Innovation 2018' for innovation in the process of inclusion of persons with disabilities through organic farming practices given by Caritas India on 18 Oct 2018 Read More
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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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Nav Jyoti Mahila Sangharsh Mandal

PGSS began its work of empowerment and mainstreaming of the excluded groups through the medium of Mahila Mandals (women’s groups). The hands on experience with the Mahila Mandals proved to be a miracle with many and many groups joining in. Promoted as the platform of collective action and pressure groups, the Mahila Mandals meet, discuss the decide for the benefit of the village community. With the brand of Nav Jyoti Mahila Sangharsh Mandal (NJMSM), it has been striving to fight for the rights of the excluded groups of the society. The collectivism does not end at village level. The groups have federated into block level, district level and Mandal level federations to take up the issues at higher level and to raise a stronger voice in favour of the excluded.

A total of 14105 rural women have been organized into 657 village level Mahila Mandals while 28 block level, 07 district level and 02 divisional level federations stand as the axiom of women’s empowerment. 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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