PROJECTS

GENDER AWARENESS SESSIONS

KSWDC has been conducting various programs for creating gender awareness among women and girls in the state.  Workshops, Seminars, Conferences etc. will be organized in colleges, offices in order to create gender awareness and gender sensitisation.

WOMEN CELL

Women cell is an ongoing project of KSWDC which aims at organizing and transforming young women into a vibrant collective by focusing on their strengths and skill sets and enabling them to realize their true potential. The main objective of a women cell is to make the youth aware of the issues involved in their society and to equip them with adequate management skills to handle day-to-day affairs. Through Women cell, KSWDC has initiated various programs like gender awareness trainings, pre-marital counseling, open forum, cultural programs, manuscript publishing, training in IT/Soft skill, creative workshop, street plays and community intervention programs in the selected women’s colleges in Kerala. At present, activities of Women Cell are active in 80 colleges in Kerala.

The objectives of the women cell are as follows:-

  • To inculcate among the youth a sense of social commitment
    • To act as a linking channel between the community women and KSWDC
    • To provide training for women so that they become empowered in their younger age thereby making them self-sustainable in the society
    • To create a feel of empathy among the youth to their fellow beings
    • To explore their innate talents and utilize them to the maximum for the betterment of the society.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR STARTING UP OF WOMEN CELL

a) Scrutiny and Sanction:

(i) KSWDC will call for proposals from each Women’s college KSWDC will scrutinize every project proposal received from Women’s colleges.
(i1) After scrutiny of the project, KSWDC will issue a sanction letter in respect of every approved project.

b) Condition of Grants:

(i) The allocated amount of Rs.25,000/- will be released in four installments.

c) Monitoring:

KSWDC has the overall responsibility of monitoring of KSWDC’s Women cells in women colleges.

SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Under this scheme KSWDC will pay fees (up to Rs. 5000/-) for 2 students of each college. The selected students must hold excellent academic records and their annual family income shall not exceed Rs. 100000/-. The scholarship applications should be accompanied by a recommendation letter from Principal mentioning the fees amount, attested copy of their mark list and attested copy of income certificate from village office.

In order to avail the remaining allotted fund the respective women cell should conduct any 4 programmes out of programmes proposed by KSWDC (training and awareness programmes, community service programmes, culturals, open forum, creative workshops etc.) and submit reports on them.

INTERNAL COMPLAINTS CELL

The sexual harassment faced by women at work place is an issue within itself. The sexual harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, came into force on 9th December 2013 and has made it mandatory for every organization and its employer to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) for dealing with cases of sexual harassment at work place.

KSWDC in association with CMD (Centre for Management Development) had organized six workshops at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts in Kerala for creating awareness on the importance of ICC among various Government, PSU and private organizations for educating them regarding the structure, role and functions of such committees. The awareness drive was initiated keeping in line with the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India; to sensitize and promote the importance of ICC across organizations in the State and to induce them to implement ICC in their respective organisations.

After the successful completion of the ICC workshop across Kerala, the corporation provided an official communication regarding the formation of ICC to 1096 organizations across Kerala. Based on the information received from various Govt., PSU and private organizations, we have planned to develop a database of ICC’s set up in the state. At present we have received the details of ICC from 213 organizations across Kerala.

SELF-DEFENCE TRAINING

The papers are replete with incidents on crimes against women and danger seems to be lurking everywhere – in public spaces, at work and even at home. A girl or woman can be attacked at any point of time, be it while travelling in train or at bus stations or anywhere. Moreover it is rarely plausible that every public space would provide a safe environment or that bystanders would intervene when they witness violence being meted out against women. There is a dire need to equip our girls in self-defense techniques to ensure their safety in the society.

In the context of the rising crimes against women self-defense is the way out for women and self-defense starts with the mind. It helps build confidence among young girls and women to protect themselves against attacks & violence. The pressing issue of female safety particularly that of young girls prompted the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation to initiate a programme to provide “Self-defense training for adolescent girls in Kerala”. Self-defense can be empowering for women through education, independence, the ability to make decisions and the self-realization of physical power.

The pilot phase of this project was executed by conducting self-defense training for 800 girls of 20 Govt. girls’ schools in Trivandrum in the Financial Year 2011-12, in association with Yao Lan Kungfu School, one of the renowned Kungfu schools in India. The overwhelming response received from various quarters prompted the corporation to extend the project’s reach to other schools across the state. So far this training has been imparted to over 2800 adolescent girls from 70 Govt./aided schools across 6 districts of Kerala viz. Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram of Northern Kerala. The methodized training was provided to a batch of 40 girls from each of the schools through a 14- hour workshop. The self-defense workshop saw the creation of a simulated environment that helped the students’ identify situations of potential danger and exercise the self-defense skills learned.

The programme has been recognized as the need of the hour and has been much appreciated by the students, school authorities and parents. The corporation is envisages to extend the reach of the programme in other districts too.

REACH: FLAGSHIP PROGRAMME ON FINISHING SCHOOL

REACH, Resource Enhancement Academy for Career Heights, a finishing school initiative of the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation was launched on 29th December 2009 with a view to bridge the gap between acquired skills and required skills, for professionally qualified women. REACH is a pioneer among institutes aimed at empowering women with the required life-skills to ensure success in life. It is a Professional grooming academy which works towards the social, economic and educational advancement of women, from across all cross sections of society.

REACH caters to the needs of aspiring young women from different walks of life and fine tune their talents, trigger their skills, ignite their passion and build their confidence so that they are empowered to transform challenges to opportunities and to blossom in their full potential.

The Government of Kerala has been supporting this project since its inception in 2009. The initiative which began as an institute at Trivandrum later on spread to the Malabar region with a branch at Payannur in Kannur district. REACH has conducted a wide array of courses at these centres and have successfully placed hundreds of women in reputed firms with decent pay packages. The institute focuses on moulding competent personnel as per the current industry trends and this has given us an ever growing list of satisfied clientele. The candidates are trained in a vibrant environment that nurtures creative thinking and emotional intelligence, to carve out mature professionals.

FACILITIES

REACH, Thiruvananthapuram is working in a highly sophisticated building at Kanijrampara. REACH, Kannur too is run in a well-furnished building premise at Pilathara. Both finishing schools are aesthetically equipped with state of the art facilities to ensure the right learning environment for its students. The common facilities are as follows:

  • IT enabled Smart Class rooms
  • Computer lab- PC’s, Audio- Visual facility, Interactive board, Wi-fi
  • Language lab – Language –learning software, audio-visual aids
  • State of Art Conference hall
  • Library – Collection of literary works and self-development books
  • Cafeteria
COURSES OFFERED
  • Soft Skills & Communication
  • IT Training
  • Data entry
  • Retail Sales Associate
  • General duty assistance
  • Tally
HIGHLIGHTS

REACH was awarded the ISO certification within three months of its inception

  • REACH is dubbed the first finishing school initiative for women by the Govt. of Kerala.
  • REACH has created a niche market through its innovative outreach activities and new generation branding strategies.
  • A comprehensive curriculum developed in tune with the skill requirements of the industry.
  • A team of industry experts who facilitate industrial visits, internships and mock tests and interviews to help students sail through the job recruitment process.
  • A commendable 90% placement track record. The students of REACH have been placed in various reputed organizations such as Rajadhani Group, Muthoot Finance, NIMS, Asianet, Allianz Cornhill, S K Hospital, Sristi Computers, Ananthapuri Hospital,Aptara Learning Private Limited, etc.

REACH with its zealous team of expert trainers continues to instil the right attitude, skills and knowledge in the young and aspiring women of today and equip them to cope with strict discipline to meet life situations and challenges with ease and élan. The efforts of REACH are augmented by its robust placement cell that has forged fruitful long term relationships with several recruiters and the encouraging feedback from them speaks volumes on the quality of training that we impart to our students. Today REACH is getting popular day after day in the minds of people and is standing tall as the flagship finishing school program of the Kerala State Government.

To know more about REACH, visit http://www.reach.org.in

PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES

Mithra 181 Women  Helpline

The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation (KSWDC) has set up a 24/7 information and emergency helpline for women in Kerala on the basis of the framework proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The helpline creates an infrastructure of support for women at all times and for varied purposes with the principles of efficiency and continuous feedback mechanisms at its core.

The Mithra 181 WHL is designed in a holistic manner to ensure that no woman is excluded from this service. The helpline will at its best be accessible, responsive and effective in its objective of creating a safe and secure state for them. The Mithra 181 WHL will facilitate a crisis and a non-crisis intervention through referrals to the appropriate agencies such as police/ hospital/ ambulance services/ One Stop Centre and other agencies. Adolescent girls, women facing domestic violence or other forms of harassment and transgenders can avail the 24/7 services of Mithra 181 WHL.

Objectives

  1. To ensure women and girls have a reliable government intervention to fall back on in cases of emergencies or when in need of accurate information.
  2. To provide a toll- free 24 hours telecom service to women affected by violence seeking support and women seeking information.
  3. To provide information about the appropriate support services, government schemes and programmes available to the woman with the local area in which she resides or is employed.
  4. To build a helpline that has a strong follow-up arrangement and sees to it that every complaint that comes to them is seen to its completion.
  5. To counsel women who are in distress and who require urgent mental and emotional help.
  6. To build a disabled women friendly helpline.

SHE-TOILET

The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation Ltd, working for the upliftment of women in the state has implemented the She toilet project in the state to tackle problems of female hygiene and access to sanitation in public spaces. There are a total of 57 She-toilet units across Kerala. The very first electronic, fully automated she- toilet units offer respite to women, because there are very few public toilets around and even they are filthy and unfit for use. They are so well designed and equipped that it thoroughly caters to all sanitation needs of the women as it contains sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators to burn the used napkins, along with self- washing and sterilization functions.

The automatic, unmanned, she – toilet are based on cost- effective and environment friendly technology. It is eco-friendly in that the waste decomposition is done with bio enzymes and the water used for self-washing is recycled for future use. The said toilets are women friendly, reflecting an Indian touch in one and all its features. Further, the toilets are also having common facilities like automatic payment collection; automatic door opening, ‘busy’ and ‘free’ display boards and an automatic platform cleaning system. The use of hi-technology in these toilets will overcome all human errs that make comfort stations intolerable.

The Corporation has also installed 12 She-toilets at the major Railway Stations in Northern Kerala. The corporation intends to expand the reach of the project further, so as to ensure that every woman has access to clean, hygienic and fully equipped women-friendly public toilets.

SHE PAD: Menstrual Hygiene Management

One of the major problems faced by the women in Kerala is the lack of awareness about menstrual hygiene. Maintaining hygiene during menses is important for women’s well-being, mobility and dignity. The topic of menstruation is cloaked in secrecy and negativity; especially in India it is associated with cultural and religious taboos and is therefore often neglected. A gross lack of awareness on menstrual preparedness and management among adolescent girls exists.

‘Sanitary Protection: Every woman’s health right’, a study conducted by A C Nielsen and reviewed and endorsed by the community development organization Plan India, reveals that only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins. Around 23% of adolescent girls in the age-group 12-18 drop out of school after they begin menstruating because of inadequate menstrual protection like sanitary napkins; those who are in school absent themselves for an average of five days a month.

Sanitary Napkin is a universally needed product for women to ensure hygiene during menstruation periods. Limited access to safe and affordable sanitary products and facilities is believed to be one of the reasons for constrained school attendance, high dropout rates and ill-health due to infection. The availability of affordable high quality sanitary napkins as per their needs and preferences is a blessing to address menstrual hygiene issues and also for maintaining good health condition during the period. Accessibility to affordable sanitary pads in the school premises will be of great blessing for every girl child in our country.

Objectives

  1. To create awareness on menstrual hygiene
  2. To distribute sanitary napkins to girl students of Govt./Aided schools.
  3. To distribute napkin vending machines and incinerators to each of the schools covered under the scheme to ensure functionality of the project.

WORKING WOMEN’S HOSTEL- SHE STAY

With the progressive change in the economic structure of the country more and more women are living out of their homes in search of employment in big cities and urban and rural townships. The one main difficulty that is faced by such women would be the lack of safety and convenient accommodation. Setting up of working women’s hostels alters this perception by providing women that safe haven, a home away from home where they can return after a long day’s work.

Working women’s hostel is an initiative undertaken by KSWDC to provide safe and conveniently located accommodation for working women who need to live away from their families due to professional commitments. Currently hostels have been set up in five districts Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur and is soon to be established in Kozhikode and Kasargode.  Out of the eight hostels, IVA hostel located in Thiruvanathapuram is equipped with three star facilities and is a much sought after residential option for outstation female employees.

WORKING WOMEN’S HOSTEL- LOCATIONS.

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CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

The applicant must be a working woman in a government /Semi Government/Private office.

COMMON FACILITIES

  • 24/7 Security services
  • Guest accommodation Facility
  • Safe place in the heart of city
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