Empower deserted women and widows in rural India

by Chetana-Vikas (Consciousness-Development)


CHETANA-VIKAS rehabilitates and mainstreams the poor, abandoned women & widows in villages of Central India who are marginalized and exploited. The challenges will be addressed through their legal, social & economic empowerment. The other women of the village will be involved to take up campaigns, actions & will work for their social acceptance & legal rights. This will also result in developing human consciousness & bring about a wide change in attitudes of the society towards such women.

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Alarming number of rural women live in dire misery who are either widows or abandoned by their husbands including HIV+ve women. They are treated as outcasts by their own & husband's family. These women many times with children, are thrown out, live on subsistence, are exploited. chetana-vikas mainstreams these women's lives through campaigns & actions about their social & legal status,empowers with knowledge-attitude&skills to fight for themselves & work for their economic self-reliance.


The project will reach these women with information, awareness and trainings on their legal and social rights to property and maintenance (especially regarding houses and agriculture land); on personality development & leadership, on AIDS, on better farming practices; help them avail of available government relief schemes, loans for setting up trades & businesses. The project will reach atleast 500 widows / deserted women and would rehabilitate intensively 100 such women in the society.

Long-Term Impact

The project will be an opportunity for these abandoned women to get rehabilitated & become an integral part of society, to stand on their own feet, improve their children's lives, gain acknowledgement, respect from family & society, not only as beneficiaries but also as contributors to the growth. Today they are outcasts, exploited, many times also sexually, viewed with superstition. The project would especially result in changing attitude of rural society to such women to a large extent.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Blogspot on development of rural women
Organization website (under reconstruction)

Organization Information

Chetana-Vikas (Consciousness-Development)

Ms. Niranjana Maru
Project Leader:
Ms. Niranjana Maru
Wardha, Maharashtra India

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