Disparity between men and women is a pressing issue. Many efforts have been made to reduce this disparity in the last 20 years since Independence. Representation of women in Panchayati Raj is a part of such institutional reconstruction.

Development of women involves capacity building in fields like heath, nutrition, awareness and employment etc. Many of these fall under the jurisdiction of the Panchayati Raj and their role is, thus, indispensable.

There are a total of 13,996 Gram Panchayats in Gujarat, in which female Sarpanches hold 4,565 posts. Most of these women Sarpanches, being their first experience, are not fully prepared to meet the requirement. ICECD helps in developing the skills of these Sarpanches.

The specific purpose of this training are:

  • Equipping the women Sarpanches to become equal partners in socio-economic development of females by imparting proper requirement oriented training for development
  • To bring the women Sarpanches in to the forefront by increasing credit so that more like them can emerge in this field
  • To develop the special skills and strengths of women Sarpanches so that they can play their role effectively and discharge their duties to perfection

The training module shall be as under:

Module – 1: Effectiveness in role and development of Female Sarpanch

  • Effectiveness role and competence of Female Sarpanches in economic, social and political fields.
  • Change in self confidence and attitude.
  • Work Expected Role of Female Sarpanches.

Module – 2: Skill development

  • Skills in respect of participatory development planning. (quality oriented development).
  • Leadership (Public-centred leadership) development.
  • Planning of successful Gram Sabhas and Meetings.
  • Art of conversation and presentation.
  • Institutional relations and coordination skills.
  • Political collaboration skills.
  • Skill in preparing project / proposal.

Module – 3: Planning Development

  • Study of local requirements and schemes of social economical development.
  • Schemes of development and its co-ordination with the village.
  • Gender equality provision in development schemes.
  • To prepare budget and proposal of rural development.
  • Planning, implementation and monitoring / evaluation of project

The training is participatory in the lines of “Adult Learning”, so that the trainees can implement whatever they have learnt. The methods include guidance with the help of “Role Play” simulation games, group discussions, presentations and films. This also includes visits and exchange of information by different progressive institutions like District Industries Centre, District Rural Development Agency, D.D.O., Government Officers etc.