Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
In September 2015, world leaders from 193 nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving the 2030 Agenda would create a more sustainable, profitable and equal world. The 2030 Agenda holds the biggest potential gains for adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24. The positive relationship between female education and overall development outcomes is well established. Educating girls and women is especially effective because when we educate them, the benefits are felt throughout the whole community. It’s a magic multiplier in the development equation.7 Investing in education for young women and women who missed out on education will reap benefits for their families, communities and countries.
The main purpose of developing the short film is to generate awareness on the fact that women and young women may have lost their chance to be in school/university, and/or may not have had the chance to enhance their skills through vocational training due to multiple and intersectional burdens women and girls face. The video should also highlight the challenges Women face in accessing educational/skilling/employment opportunities because of discriminatory gender norms and roles. The video should bring to fore how these issues not only limit women’s workforce participation but also negatively impact the economy.
The SCE programme targets young women and women from scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minorities. Despite affirmative action policies by the State(s) that have played a role in mitigating socio-economic challenges of these social and religious groups, their barriers to education and economic opportunities have remained static. For example, the forms of structural discrimination and abuse that Scheduled Caste/Dalit children face in schools by teachers, fellow students and community are often so stigmatizing that they are forced to drop out of school. The poverty rate among scheduled tribes and Muslims are still the highest, despite 271 million people moving out of poverty between 2005-06 and 2015-16 that nearly halved the poverty rate from 55% to 28% over ten years. Dalits, Tribal and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion from access to public services3. Women within these communities are further marginalized due to mobility constraints, adverse social norms, and violence.
The SCE Programme in India targets 40,000 women aged 18 years and above from the most marginalized communities of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Minorities. Within these communities the programme prioritizes single women, survivors of violence and trafficking as well as those who are geographically isolated. The Programme is being implemented in 12 districts across the 4 states of Bihar, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan.
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