Empowerment of Women

Empowerment of Women

The women empowerment plays a vital role in all the perspective of women‟s life. It is creating impact on socio, economic, political and cultural phenomena. The women empowerment not only improving the economical status but it provides adequate space of social participation, decision making in the family and community, involving and improving the civil society activities and understanding the overall perspective of women. So the empowerment is a political wheel which improves the all aspects of women‟s life. It also creating awareness, finding solution for their day to day problems like all forms of gender discrimination, physical and sexual harassment and abuse and work load etc. So it is highly essential to motivate the women for quality way to empowerment is inevitable in the present globalization

Women empowerment is still a distant dream inIndia. A clear vision is needed to remove the obstacles to the path of women’s emancipation both from the society and women themselves. Efforts should be directed towards all round development of every Indian woman by giving them their due share.

Karunalaya already step in women’s development with the clear perspective by promoting Self Help Group as a first step. It is a really progressive activity in the initial stage by formation of women‟s Committee. There are number of positive attitudes and behavior had been achieved among the women for promotion of women Committee. The women developed their unity and sharing experiences, understanding their economical problems and come together for find out solution. They have to go to second step to understand the overall societal problems scientifically and find out the space for them to activate their own programs on economic development as well as the socio, political empowerment.

  • To promote leadership among women inNorth Chennaiby imparting communication skills
  • To sensitize the community on gender and mainstreaming and prevent domestic violence against women.
  • To empower women to adopt advocacy and lobby as a strategy to fight for the rights of their community.
  • To provide entrepreneurship development training programs and provide base for economical sustainable development of women



KARUNALAYA in association with the Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society (TANSACS) works to achieve a State where no new individual would acquire the HIV infection, and every person living with HIV/AIDS has access to quality care and lives with dignity.

1. Intervention among Street Children

Karunalaya implemented a pioneering project among Street Children from the year 2002 to 2007 with the support of Chennai Corporation Aids Prevention and Control Society (CAPACS) and found more than 10% of street children in Chennai were infected with Sexually Transmitted infection. Efforts were made to intervene and provide medical aid at theGovernmentHospitaland were successfully treated. Behavior change communication, health seeking behavior and support systems were created so that street children will not be hesitant to take appropriate treatment. Education on protection from abuse and skills to negotiate safe behavior as survival tactic on the street were also inculcated.

Karunalaya with the support of TANSACS takes continued efforts to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS have equal access to quality health services. It stands committed to building an enabling environment wherein those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS play a central role in all responses to the epidemic. To create an environment where human rights are respected and where those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS live a life without stigma and discrimination.

Since the year 2008, Karunalaya in collaboration with CAPACS/TANSACS is implementing Targeted Intervention among female sex workers towards the following objectives:

  • To educate about STI, HIV and AIDS among female sex workers in Chennai, its nature and extent of the diseases and the ways to prevent from being infected.
  • To facilitate female sex workers for transition to safe behaviour.
  • To provide services of counselling, STI treatment and drugs and free condom distribution to the female sex workers.
  • To create an enabling environment for the FSWs.
  • To educate secondary stakeholders about the need to prevent HIV / AIDS among female sex workers.
  • To create awareness to the target people about the importance of condoms usage

Empowerment of Pavement

Empowerment of Pavement Dwelling Community

Pavement dwelling families are one of the most marginalized communities in the City ofChennai, without being recognized as official settlements and their right to housing denied for many decades. Karunalaya works to protect the children in these families by providing opportunities to join schooling and continue education by offering supplementary evening classes near to their dwellings. Women in the families are also being formed into women self help groups and provided with training on leadership skills, economic development activities and rights based empowerment.

For the first time inChennaiCity, the pavement dwellers formed an association called Pavement Dwellers Rights Association (PDRA) with the guidance and support of Karunalaya.

The main objective of the PDRA is to bring the 40000 odd families living on the pavements across Chennai for years under one umbrella and collectively fight for their rights. The aim is to be independent, people lead and subscription based to evolve as a movement in the state. Many efforts have been taken including, demonstration, petitions, press meet and sensitization of civil society organizations to strengthen the actions.