Slum Panchayats are an innovative and fun platform for women living in the slums of India to speak and find solutions to the issues plaguing them. Panchayats are one of the oldest forms of local self government in India and one that could easily be introduced to the slums with community acceptance.
Slum Panchayat is a community engagement project done in conjunction with Project Stree. It allows women come out of their shells and voice out their opinions on different issues such as women’s safety, empowerment, self sufficiency, self confidence, and using skills to maintain livelihoods.
Slum Panchayat sessions are gradually being developed to foster micro-entrepreneurship training and livelihood workshops to promote further self sufficiency. The initiative also works to give voice to young girls and women on their rights of gender equality and health.
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