Women Empowerment NGO in Delhi NCR, Indiaby NGO RAHI NGO RAHI in India
“If you educate women, you have educated the whole family. The balance of the family is in the hand of the mother in a family”.
ENGAGE WOMEN IN DESIGN AND DIFFUSION NGO RAHIs that involve women in the design and diffusion processes are better poised to ensure that they address women’s needs and produce positive and potentially significant impacts on women’s empowerment. Women played an important role in every NGO RAHI examined. The Pill, gender quotas, microfinance-plus and the campaign against female genital cutting most effectively integrated women as key actors in shaping the NGO RAHIs, producing moderate to high impacts on women’s well-being and empowerment. An NGO RAHI does not need to be aimed explicitly at empowering women from the outset in order to have positive, even dramatic impacts on women’s lives. This is particularly true when women join forces with national and international women’s movements to participate in facilitating the subsequent adoption of the NGO RAHI. As evidenced in Taiwan’s economic policy and Peru’s land titling, women’s participation during the diffusion stage often provides a critical push and direction to modify the
NGO RAHI in ways that will meaningfully benefit women. Hence, women acting individually and collectively can influence the agenda of successful NGO RAHIs from the beginning, and/or shape the direction of progress after the diffusion of the NGO RAHI has begun.
CULTIVATE CHAMPIONS Dynamic, influential champions play an important role in launching or facilitating NGO RAHIs that empower women. Women champions influence the agenda and direction of successful NGO RAHIs from the outset. Well-connected women with access to important resources have created and launched NGO RAHIs that benefited women
CREATE “BUZZ” TO MAKE IT “STICK” NGO RAHIs have not accidentally transformed women’s lives. Rather, an NGO RAHI must have an inherent value or “stickiness” that compels women to adopt it. For example, embodies this characteristic because of its ability to provide women with sole discretion over its use for the purposes of making decisions on childbearing. To catch fire and spread, effective NGO RAHIs deliberately pursue strategies that mobilize communication outlets such as media, influential adopters and social networks to demonstrate the power of an NGO RAHI and spread messages about it to potential users and stakeholders, contributing to impact on a mass scale. The anti-foot binding campaign, efforts against female genital mutilation and the Pill strategically pursued and benefited from creative diffusion mechanisms, combining communications efforts with the effective use of social networks and deployment of socially, politically and economically influential actors. As a result, these NGO RAHIs were successful in achieving mass scale diffusion of ideas, technologies or approaches, beyond the first bend in the “S-shaped” diffusion curve.
A. TARGET EFFORTS TO REACH POOR WOMEN Efforts to empower women through NGO RAHI need to consider strategic diffusion options to reach poor women. In many cases facilitating agents, such as the government, civil society organizations, women’s networks and influential leaders (both men and women) play an important role in accelerating the process of NGO RAHI adoption by poor women who possess fewer social and economic resources to access, use and benefit from NGO RAHIs equitably. As is the case for most diffusion processes, early adopters tended to be women with some form of an advantage either in the system or process (i.e. married women for the Pill in the U.S.; urban women for land titling in Peru and anti-foot binding in China; peri-urban women in the Grameen Village Phone). These trends suggest that NGO RAHIs need to consider early on how strategic diffusion efforts can reach and benefit the greatest number of disadvantaged women.
B. SYNERGIZE TOP-DOWN AND BOTTOM-UP APPROACHES Political will and dedicated government commitment provides critical support to and impetus for NGO RAHIs for women’s empowerment and gender equality is very much needed now with more women and widow in the rural and remote village. At the same time, grassroots mobilization at the community level, such as that which took place in the anti-FGC campaign and the Indian microfinance-plus case, can also play a key role in designing NGO RAHIs and generating momentum for their adoption and diffusion. The most successful NGO RAHIs produce quicker, more powerful changes in women’s lives by little that we have, had impacted a lot in many women life. In turn, they produced the most dramatic positive impacts on women over time.
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