ABOUT THE PROJECT
NIRD&PR in collaboration with UN Women, South Asia Sub-Regional Office, New Delhi has
launched a program on “Promoting Women’s Political Leadership and Governance in
India and South Asia”. This program is a part of a major project on Gender Responsive
Governance initiated by the Royal Government of Norway with the Government of India.
The project envisages to bring women to the forefront as equal partners in politics
at all levels of governance. The program focuses mainly at the Local government
level because it is here that a large number of women have already occupied elected
seats through reservations. Enhancing the quality of participation of Women in Governance
is an important mandate of the program.
of the program is to create enabling environment to empower Elected Women Representatives
of Panchayati Raj Institutions to become change agents in political decision making
for promotion of gender equality. The project is envisaged to transform the capacity
development of elected representatives in the country to bring in focus on gender
responsive governance. The project will also fortify the institution of local governance
as a driving force in political decision making and make it visible as a strong
entity in the structure of national governance by establishing the Regional (South
Asian) Centre of Excellence.