PARAS in partnership with R SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, has set up five Silai (sewing) Schools in Delhi slums.It is a community based initiative with the aim of empowering poor women to become entrepreneurs through sewing and setting up sewing schools. The program helps in empowering women by equipping them to generate incomes by creating opportunities for self-employment, develop their self-confidence, leadership skills and helping them earn appreciation and respect in their close knit social sphere. Women are taught stitching and sewing skills to help them earn a livelihood in their respective communities. The initiative identifies potential enterprising women, facilitate to set up schools and motivate other women to join these schools where they are trained in sewing and given a free sewing machine after which they in turn teach and train other women forming a network of self-reliant and enterprising women. Further, these Silai schools also bring about a mark of identity and dignity to these women.
To train and empower women residing in Delhi slums, and mitigate poverty through sewing-based skill development and enterprise promotion.
Silai School is a community based initiative with the aim of empowering women to become entrepreneurs and teach sewing and stitching within the precincts of their homes.
Mainstreaming Gender in Participatory Development for women empowerment.
Provide training to the selected women for seven days by a very experienced and skillfultrainer. Helping them to improve and hone up their tailoring and stitching skills so that they develop confidence to train and teach other women.
To provide them sewing machine, a syllabus and a Silai School signage and encouraged them to teach other community women the art of stitching and sewing.
Encourage them to start their own school and enroll the students for basic, refresher and advanced course and develop the self confidence by becoming financial independent.
Imparting skills in women and creating livelihood opportunities for them.Transforming their financial dependency into social emancipation and thus ending vicious cycles of poverty.
OUTCOME & CONCLUSION
Post program feedback showed that there was profound social transformation of these women especially in terms of their status, dignity and financial independence. The program hasimparted new skills and confidence to these women. And now more women from the slums are seeking Silai School to inquire about the sewing training process and benefits of it.
The program attempts to promote women empowerment by providing them employment opportunities and thus making them self-reliant. To achieve empowerment of women in the slum area of Delhi, PARAS has gone a long way in coordination with R SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED and set up Silai School in these areas. As our former Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi has rightly said-
“To be Liberated, Women must feel free to herself, Not in rivalry to man but in context of her own capacity and her personality”
Following the same connotation, PARAS has worked towards achieving the objectives of women empowerment. We have successfully completed Silai school project and has empowered a number of women and made women the soldiers of change.