Project Subhita aims to empower women living alone in the National Capital Territory of Delhi by helping them overcome deprivation, stress and helplessness through training, counselling, linkages with service providers and advocacy activities. It would benefit about 300 single women in a year.
Single women form 21% (nearly 73 million) of India's population. Human Development Society recently conducted a study on challenges faced by these women in collaboration with The Asia Foundation and found the following: Challenges: financial hardship, inadequate safety, healthcare, emotional stress and hostile neighbors Causes: lack of awareness about women's rights, male illiteracy & bad company, single women considered helpless, and inadequate healthcare, financial & emotional support
Help single women cope with mental & emotional stress Ensure that the needy women receive their entitlements and welfare Increase their potential for employment and income generation Facilitate delivery of services required by single women to manage households and other needs Create a community-level mechanism for their safety and security Engage in advocacy with law makers and agencies dealing with women's empowerment, safety and security
The project is based on a research on challenges faced by single women. The services to be provided are meant for empowerment of these women by addressing challenges in the domains of mental and emotional stress, financial hardship, safety and security and general well being. In the long run, these services will help single women face the challenges with confidence and courage. It would benefit about 300 single women in a year.