People Commissioned by UN Women

Barefoot College

Lighting up lives: African women train as "barefoot" solar engineers.
Collaborating with the Barefoot College, UN Women is supporting a program to empower marginalized women across the world to become solar engineers. Many of these women live in villages across Africa South America and Asia without any electricity at all, where kerosene usage is high. Kerosene is not a sustainable source nor is it cheap or healthy. Barefoot college estimates that the initiative now saves around 160,000 litters of kerosene a month across South America, Africa and Asia.
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Jhabua

Jhabua is likely the most developed tribal belt, MNREGA, has penetrated the deep interiors. UN Women organises special Women Gram Sabhas/meetings to give voice to the women and their needs and demands. Water remains the major problem leading to large scale migration to cities like Ahmedabad and Mumbai. As a social change its most astonishing to see tribal women cover their faces behind veils... something which was only associated with the upper class and certainly not the tribals. Aspirations and to see themselves as part of the mainstream seems to be the underlined truth here.
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SEWA Bank

Energy Conservator of Ahmedabad
Along with SEWA Bank, UN WOmenhas trained women in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and its surrounding vilages to conserve electricity using innovative and cost effective methods.

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Ballot of Change

UN Women and its partner The Hunger Project used films, leaflets, songs and street theatre during village meetings to highlight the importance of including women in the electoral system. As a result, more women have been elected from seats that were open to both men and women.

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MNREGA & OBCs

Changing the landscape with all-women worksites in India.
Rural women are now able to demand work, manage worksites and ensure wages are paid, largely due to a project that has reached over 30,000 women in 69 villages in northern India.

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