Women’s Empowerment Foundation – working for a society where women become active contributors to the national narrative
WE Foundation is a registered NGO that works to educate, empower and encourage adolescent girls to learn about their bodies, understand their reproductive systems, empower them with knowledge of nutrition that women require, train them in marketable skills that will earn them a living, equip them with self defense skills to counter violence and attacks, and enable them to live a productive life that is based on their choices.
Our program works on the three fold principle of Educate, Empower, Encourage
The Foundation will set up a Youth Friendly Center in select areas, where we intend to work. These Youth Friendly Centers will be the center around which we build relationships with local adolescent girls, counsel them, educate, empower and encourage them to take their rightful place in life and society.
Initiatives to Educate
WE Foundation has created workshop based courses where adolescent girls hailing from underprivileged homes and communities will be provided information and knowledge on various health related issues like:
- Healthy Lives
- The Body, Puberty and Reproduction
- Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sexually transmitted Infections including HIV/AIDS
- Contraception and Abortion
- Communication and Decision Making Skills
- Gender Equity, Gender based Violence incl sexual rights
- Personal Hygiene and Sanitation
- Nutrition and Eating Right
- Interpersonal relationships
These programs are part of what we call the “Foundational Program for Women” – a program that is tailored to educate, empower women to deal with their bodies, its unique requirements and to take care of themselves in the sexual and reproductive processes.
Initiatives to Empower
The empowerment phase will enable women to protect their rights as women, safeguard themselves and earn a livelihood and be economically independent. We will achieve this through programs that focus on:
- Self Defense training
- Skill based training for earning a livelihood across a range of viable occupations or trades
- And knowledge about their bodies and reproductive system.
Initiatives to Encourage
We actively scout for opportunity where girls who have been part of our program can get fruitful employment or engage in any small home based businesses. We achieve this by interfacing with the industry, understanding the skill sets and services they require and by preparing our WE members to imbibe and train in those skills.
Education, empowerment and encouragement are powerful tools that change a woman’s personal narrative.