Women’s Empowerment and Seva Mandir
About Women’s Empowerment Programs
Engaged in a long-term effort to redress gender-based inequities that impede progress in rural Indian communities, Seva Mandir’s work focuses on uniting women in social groups that function as mechanisms of female agency in the political, judicial and economic institutions of village life.
Through nearly 50 Women’s Forums and Resource Centers and more than 550 Savings and Credit Groups operating across 180 villages, the organization fosters a growing normalization of women’s independence, participation and even leadership in their communities. Meeting more immediate needs, Seva Mandir also provides a short stay sanctuary for women to escape domestic violence, find their voice and forge a better future for themselves and their children.