Femlead is a federation of women-led institutions providing economic and social support to women in the informal sector. It is part of the national movement and was established in 1984. This organization emerged out of the need to address the movement’s challenges with geographical expansion and coordination. This organization is a family of organizations to further informal women workers’ rights, livelihoods, financial independence, education, health, and social security.
Effective education should naturally lead to economic well-being of women and families. But due to several factors, many girls are unable to complete even school education. Even among the ones who complete school education, many girls are unable to pursue higher studies. Due to lack of education and/or employable skills, they lead deprived lives. To bridge this gap, Femlead also focuses on providing opportunities to girls through its skill development program which leads to livelihood and income generation.
HOW WE WORK
Femlead works to actively challenge cultures and attitudes which prevent the Girl Child from receiving a full education.
In the Busiiro community the challenges are most commonly:
unwanted early pregnancy
poor access to sanitary products
from age 10 – 18 years
(Busiiro S.S and HFOC Primary school)
GUARDIAN, PARENTS & TEACHERS
a primary point of contact for
addressing sexual abuse and child marriages
Religious leaders and community leaders
people whose opinion matters
the main focus of
a primary source of information
about avoiding early pregnancies
local people uninformed
about the rights of girls
We aim to achieve behavioural, social and economic transformation for all girls towards an India where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education.
We leverage existing community and Government resources to ensure that all girls are in school and learning well.
Our goal is to improve access and quality of education for over 15 million children cumulatively by 2024.
We at Femlead organize workers to achieve their goals of full employment and self-reliance through the strategy of struggle and development. The struggle is against many odds and limitations imposed on them by the society and the economy, while development activities strengthen women’s bargaining power and offer them new alternatives which further their self-reliance. Practically, the strategy is carried out through the joint action of unions and cooperatives.
Full employment refers to work that provides economic security, food security and social security.
Self-reliance aims to support women towards being autonomous and self-reliant both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability. Self-reliance is the basis of sustainability that is essential at the individual level and also for Femlead’s women’s collectives, organizations, and cooperatives.