Development Through Women
"If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate an entire family." - Mahatma Gandhi
Our main system doesn't provide enough possibility for women to have higher education. Girls have been motivating to take up their education in our target. FACT is laying stresses on leadership training with a view to improve the capability of the Villagers so that they can handle the programs by themselves and for themselves. FACT has been running various training programs in every village through understanding and dedication, among all. Village youth are encouraged to shoulder the responsibilities. They are helping and promoting health activities and Income Generating Programs at the village level. The women societies will take initiation to start Adult Education classes for the Women Community and Health Program in the villages.
FACT's work consists of financing activities which stimulate and enable people, in their own ways, to organize dignified housing and living conditions. Every human being is entitled to respect and equal treatment and has a responsibility to treat others in the same manner. Based on the biblical principles of 'CHARITY, justice and the purity of creation' 'FACT' works towards sustainable poverty alleviation. Human rights constitute a fundamental principle in our work.
"You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women." - Jawaharlal Nehru
However much a mother may love her children, it is all but impossible for her to provide high-quality child care if she herself is poor and oppressed, illiterate and uninformed, anemic and unhealthy, has five or six other children, lives in a slum or shanty, has neither clean water nor safe sanitation, and if she is without the necessary support either from health services, or from her society, or from the father of her children. The persistence of hunger and abject poverty in our area and other parts of the INDIA is due in large measure to the subjugation, marginalization and dis empowerment of women. Women suffer from hunger and poverty in greater numbers and to a great degree than men. At the same time, it is women who bear the primary responsibility for actions needed to end hunger: education, nutrition, health and family income.
Looking through the lens of hunger and poverty, there are seven major areas of discrimination against women in India.
In our area have exceptionally high rates of child malnutrition, because tradition in India requires that women eat last and least throughout their lives, even when pregnant and lactating. Malnourished women give birth to malnourished children, perpetuating the cycle.
02. Poor Health:
Females receive less health care than males. Many women die in childbirth of easily prevented complications. Working conditions and environmental pollution further impairs women's health.
03. Lack of education:
Families are far less likely to educate girls than boys, and far more likely to pull them out of school, either to help out at home or from fear of violence.
Women work longer hours and their work is more arduous than men's, yet their work is unrecognized. Men report that "women, like children, eat and do nothing." Technological progress in agriculture has had a negative impact on women.
In women's primary employment sector - agriculture - extension services overlook women.
In recent years, there has been an alarming rise in violence against women in India, in terms of rapes, assaults and dowry-related murders. Fear of violence suppresses the aspirations of all women. Female infanticide and sex-selective abortions are additional forms of violence that reflect the devaluing of females in Indian society.
While women are guaranteed equality under the constitution, legal protection has little effect in the face of prevailing patriarchal traditions. Women lack power to decide who they will marry, and are often married off as children. Legal loopholes are used to deny women inheritance rights.
Women work roughly twice as many as many hours as men. Women's contribution to agriculture - whether it be own or labor daily wages in agriculture sectors - when measured in terms of the number of tasks performed and time spent, is greater than men. "The extent of women's contribution is appropriately highlighted by a micro study conducted in Andhra Pradesh the India which found that on a one-hectare land, a pair of bullocks works 1,064 hours, a man 1,212 hours BUT a woman 3,485 hours in a year." In Andhra Pradesh, found that the work day of a woman agricultural laborer during the agricultural season lasts for 15 hours, from 4 am to 8 pm, with an hour's rest in between. Her male counterpart works for seven to eight hours, from 5 am to 10 am or 11 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm. Another study on time and energy spent by men and women on agricultural work found that 53 percent of the total human hours per household are contributed by women as compared to 31 percent by men. The remaining contribution comes from children. "Girls learn to assist their mothers in almost all tasks, and from the age of 10 years participate fully in the agricultural work done by women. "Not only do women perform more tasks, their work is also more arduous than that undertaken by men. Both transplantation and weeding require women to spend the whole day and work in muddy soil with their hands. Moreover, they work the entire day under the intensely hot sun while men's work, such as ploughing and watering the fields, is invariably carried out early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. Mies argues that because women's work, unlike men's, does not involve implements and is based largely on human energy, it is considered unskilled and hence less productive. On this basis, women are invariably paid lower wages, despite the fact that they work harder and for longer hours than do men." In contrast, a study in Andhra Pradesh reports that men "only reluctantly conceded that their womenfolk really work. The researchers in this area were repeatedly told that women, like children, simply eat food and do nothing."
THE INVISIBILITY OF WOMEN'S WORK
Women's work is rarely recognized. Many maintain that women's economic dependence on men impacts their power within the family. With increased participation in income-earning activities, not only will there be more income for the family, but gender inequality should be reduced. This issue is particularly salient in India because studies show a very low level of female participation in the labor force. This under-reporting is attributed to the frequently held view that women's work is not economically productive. If all activities - including maintenance of kitchen gardens and poultry, grinding food grains, collecting water and firewood, etc. - are taken into account, then 88 percent of rural housewives and 66 percent of urban housewives can be considered under this statistics.