There is an urgent need to create mechanisms to empower widows in Yavatmal and Vidarbha, and give them the support they need to pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward. However, such initiatives are rare. One of the few such projects for the welfare of the helpless women is run by Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and its sister organization Sampada Trust.
A chapter titled 'Enabling Gendered Environment for Watershed Management' written by Dr. Eshwer Kale and Dipak Zade, has been published in a SAGE book 'Gender Issues in Water and Sanitation Programmes Lessons from India'. The chapter demonstrates how an institutional space for women with financial autonomy, capacity building opportunities and well defined decision-making processes strengthen women's bargaining position in watershed communities, as compared to nominal participation in Village Development Committees (VDCs) and self-help groups (SHGs).
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Read the summary of the chapter here