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This Programme is Helping Women Leaders in Maharashtra Advance Economic Empowerment

The Collective Impact Partnership — an effort led by Rise Up, How Women Lead, the Public Health Institute, Global Fund for Women, and World Pulse — is empowering women leaders in Maharashtra to advance economic empowerment.

  • HerStory
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A 2020 Economic Survey showed that female labor force participation in India fell by nearly 8% between 2018 and 2012, indicating that close to 75 percent women in the country had negligible or no economic power.

To improve this situation, the Collective Impact Partnership (CIP) works to help women leaders in Maharashtra, India with advocacy, individual leadership, and digital capacities to advance economic empowerment and justice for women and girls. CIP is a collaborative effort between non-profits Rise Up, How Women Lead, the Public Health Institute, Global Fund for Women, and digital social network for women changemakers World Pulse.

Launched in 2018, the programme was the brainchild of five women leading these organisations — Denise Dunning from Rise up, Jensine Larsen from WorldPulse, Musimbi Kanyoro from Global Fund For Women, Mary Pittman from Public Health Institute, and Kathy Crowley from How Women Lead.

The programme has achieved several goals, including an increase in the number of women holding joint titles on homes and agricultural land with their partners, increase in the number of established and functioning Internal Complaints Committees (ICC) in universities for POSH, and improved dignity of women in waste picking work in certain municipalities and more.

“I have seen a change in how the leaders express themselves with more confidence and clarity, and how they rely on each other for support, inspiration, and ideas.” Laila Mehta, program manager, Rise Up/CIP at the Public Health Institute.

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Originally published by HerStory

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