"Earlier, Women Were Just in a Corner of the House": A Critical Review of FORUT's Programme on Promoting Gender Equality
FORUT’s gender programme, Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, with the overarching strategic objective Advancement in the status of women and gender equality, is implemented in India, Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone. This objective is addressed in various ways throughout each partner country. One methodology is through the formation of women's savings and credit groups, to increase access to economic resources. Such collectivisation also provides social support and better opportunities to negotiate for greater rights. Training in livelihoods-related skills development and entrepreneurship is also provided to varying degrees in the three countries, together with information critical to women's advancement. Such information may include access to basic amenities, prevention and amelioration of gender-based violence and promotion of women's health.