Gender, Inclusion, Diversity

TRI believes that gender equality and equity is imperative if women are to improve their quality of life. Economic, social and political empowerment are a must. That is why we strive to create gender sensitivity and responsiveness at both the programmatic and organisational levels through our framework, policies, attitude and behaviour

Embedding gender in our vision, framework and programmes

Capacity Building​

  • Modules have been developed for capacity building at various levels staff, cadres, community resource people and institutional mechanisms (e.g. Cluster Level Forum office bearers and Social Action Committees, Village Organisation office bearers and Social Action Committees, Gender Forums at the panchayat level and gender point person in Self-help Groups). The focus is on gender concepts, institutional mechanisms, intervention and action on gender issues, violation of rights and gender integration in livelihoods, entrepreneurship, and decentralisation. The expected transformation is in understanding concepts to undertake action and interventions.
  • The Accelerated Entrepreneurship Development Programme was introduced to help women entrepreneurs overcome structural barriers, like lack of credit access, hindrance to mobility, being burdened by domestic chores, etc. It includes sessions on gender concepts, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis of enterprises, success stories, including photos and videos, of successful enterprises.
  • While progressive legislation, like stronger Gram Sabhas and reserving seats for women representatives, have empowered more women to participate in local government, capacity building efforts further enhance their knowledge and skills. The curriculum covers gender concepts, decentralisation and gender inclusion in sectors like productivity, infrastructure and social development.

Creating and Strengthening
of Institutional Mechanisms
(aligned with the NRLM)​

  • The Nari Adhikar Kendra aims to build economic empowerment and entitlement access for women in Madhya Pradesh by bringing women into leadership roles in producer groups and producer enterprises, as well as getting on the Board of Directors of farmer producer organisations. It also provides opportunities for employment, skill development and upgradation, along with access to credit, markets, equipment, assistive devices to reduce drudgery within households and the development of women enterprises.
  • The Lok Adhikar Kendra (Gender Resource Centre) at the block level focuses on addressing gender issues, violation of rights and gender-based violence. It works with the support of the Women and Child Development Department, the local protection officer, the one-stop centre, legal services authority, police, Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe department and the Forest Department among others. 
  • Auditing of organisational policies and practices from a gender perspective to study and bridge gaps.
  • Auditing of curriculum, advisories and materials from a gender lens of various programmes in livelihood, decentralisation, health and education.

From field to policy​

By bringing together practitioners, academics and policy makers, the aim is to translate evidence gathered from the field into policy. The focus is on engendering public sector programs and incorporating them into planning and budgeting.


Organisational Policies
and Implementation​

  • Policies are being reviewed from a gender perspective by senior advisers. 
  • A framework is being developed to engender programmatic modules for implementation.

Stories from the field

Vashni is a part of a self-help group in her village in Madhya Pradesh. As part of a government program to encourage livelihoods, TRI was able to help her get black hens, which are of high value in the poultry industry. Demand for the local black breed, Kadaknath, has surged in recent years as it’s valued for its low-fat, high protein content as well as its medicinal properties.

Vashni Dalia Bamaniya, Sutrati village

Rural development needs a multi-disciplinary approach that addresses the critical dimensions of life.