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IKEA Foundation Supports Women Empowerment Financially

Continuing with International Women’s Day celebrations, the IKEA Foundation announced a new grant for €3.5 million for supporting its partner PRADAN with the success of women’s empowerment programme in India.

PRADAN supports rural Indian women to organize strong self-help groups within their communities. Being in a group helps them voice their issues within their families and communities to help them take full control over their lives. As a result of previous funding from IKEA Foundation, these women have ventured into new businesses and trained to improve their animal husbandry and farming skills. They have also been able to improve the healthcare and schools in their communities.

Additional money in the hands of women can emancipate both their lives as well as those of the other people in their communities. This also gives them better opportunities in life. Women have the habit of concentrating on the nutrition and shelter for their children more. Thus, when they earn more their children can grow up with good health and can have a better education.

Further information can be had from www.ikeafoundation.org.

About 70 women self-help group members from a village in West Bengal attend a rally against alcoholism and associated gender-based violence.
About 70 women self-help group members from a village in West Bengal attend a rally against alcoholism and associated gender-based violence.

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A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Freelance Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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